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MPhil in Development Studies

Induction Day 2019

Admissions are on the Graduate Admissions website

The application window for 2021-22 entry is now open.

Changes to the MPhil in Development Studies for 2020-2021

Due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and government guidance, we have had to make some changes to the programme in order to mitigate against risks to health and to give you the best possible academic experience in the circumstances. We will continue to monitor and respond to the changing public health situation. The changes are: students will attend a one hour lecture and a one hour discussion class per paper per week during Michaelmas Term. All lectures will be delivered online. Discussion classes for core papers (Papers 1, 2 and 4) will be delivered in-person subject to us being able to meet social distancing requirements; we will of course be led by the most up to date Government and University guidance on this. Should that guidance provide, discussion classes for core papers will be delivered online. Discussion classes for optional papers will be delivered online. We await further advice from the University on the safest way to teach in Lent Term. Examinations may be conducted online, subject to advice in Easter Term.


The MPhil in Development Studies is a one year, full-time highly inter-disciplinary course which gives its students a firm grounding in political economics relevant to the developing world, including the study of sociology, law, political science, management, economics and anthropology. The inter-disciplinary approach is based on the recognition that together with the analytical rigour required of economists and other social scientists today, no important issue in development — poverty and inequality, population growth, the construction of the institutions of a market economy, war and human rights, democratisation — can be properly understood without an inter-disciplinary perspective.

The Course Details page contains the course description and further details of the course. 

The How to Apply page contains details of the entry requirements.

The Deadlines page contains all the key dates to be aware of for funding opportunities.

The Fees and Funding page contains details of schemes specific to this course.

The FAQ page should cover anything else that the other pages have missed!