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PhD in Development Studies

Administrative Contact

Ms Élise Lapaire - PhD Administrator

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. 

Methods Course

First year PhDs are required to attend the Methods seminars in Michaelmas Term. These are conducted by Dr David Clark. Details will be provided to new students before the start of the academic year.

PhD Presentation Seminars

First years and registered PhD students are encouraged to present at the seminars which are held during term time on a weekly basis. These are currently held on Friday afternoons, and are on a voluntary basis. The aim is to gain experience in presenting research to peers, and receiving feedback from both fellow students and the Centre's academics. To sign up for a slot, please contact the PhD Administrator.


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

We are delighted and proud to see that the Centre has gone from no.8 (2015) to no.6 (2016) to no.4 (2017) in the field of Development Studies in the QS Survey. This would not have been possible without the dedication and hard work from everyone within the Centre.

Message from the director: You will be pleased to know that we have moved up from 8 in 2015 to 6 this year in the QS world ranking for Development Studies. This is a remarkable result and a great tribute to the tremendous efforts of the whole team of teachers and administrators. It's a fantastic result! Professor Peter Nolan

Congratulations to PhD student Nungari Mwangi who was awarded the 2016 Andrew E Rice Award from the Society for International development!

Dr Fennell high level facilitator at WSIS 2016

We are pleased to announce that Dr Fennell has been appointed as High Level Track Facilitator at the World Summit on the Information Society Forum.