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PhD in Development Studies

Administrative Contact


Annabel Sherwood 

Email:   Office Phone: 01223 (3)34641


The handbook can be found here. We encourage all students to familiarise themselves with the handbook, as it contains important dates and crucially the structure of the course itself. It also provides information including child care, health and safety and wellbeing services offered by the University. 

Code of Practice

It is essential that students review the Code of Practice at the start of their study so a signature page has been introduced to the booklet to help encourage this. We will not be checking on students or their supervisor that this has been completed, but please note that if you do not sign the booklet this does not mean that you will not be held against it.

Methods Course

First year PhDs are required to attend the Methods seminars in Michaelmas and Lent terms. The full details for the Methods course and the timetable can be found in the handbook.

PhD Presentations

First years and registered PhD students are encouraged to present twice a term during Michaelmas and Lent, as part of the CDS Speaker Series. The aim is to gain experience in presenting research to peers, and receiving feedback from both fellow students and the Centre's academics. A Doodle poll will be circulated at the beginning of each term to give students the opportunity to sign up.


Further information regarding conducting fieldwork, applying for leave and gaining ethical approval can be found here. Do give it a good read, and should you have any questions please ask. 

Student Complaints Procedure

As of October 2017, a new student complaints procedure will be put in place. Should you wish to consult this procedure, please click here Professor James Mayall is our Responsible Officer, a neutral contact should you wish to talk to someone before proceeding with a complaint. He can be contacted on For exam review procedure information and complaints, please click here.