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Development Studies PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

We have 25 Development Studies PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

A PhD in Development Studies offers a unique opportunity to delve into the complexities of politics and government in relation to global development. It is a field that combines social science, economics, and policy analysis to understand and address the challenges faced by developing countries.

What's it like to study a PhD in Development Studies?

Studying a PhD in Development Studies is an intellectually stimulating and rewarding experience. You will have the opportunity to conduct in-depth research on topics such as poverty alleviation, sustainable development, governance, and social justice. This field allows you to critically analyze the policies and practices that shape the development agenda and propose innovative solutions to address the pressing issues faced by developing nations.

During your PhD, you will engage in rigorous academic research, which involves conducting fieldwork, collecting and analyzing data, and writing scholarly papers. You will also have the chance to collaborate with experts in the field, attend conferences, and present your research findings to a wider audience.

Entry requirements for a PhD in Development Studies

To pursue a PhD in Development Studies, you will typically need a strong academic background in a related field such as political science, international relations, economics, or sociology. Most universities require a minimum of a 2.1 Honours degree or a Master's degree in a relevant subject. Additionally, you will need to submit a research proposal outlining your intended research topic and methodology.

PhD in Development Studies funding options

Funding for PhDs in Development Studies may be available from various sources, including governments, universities and charities, business or industry. See our full guides to PhD funding for more information.

PhD in Development Studies careers

A PhD in Development Studies opens up a wide range of career opportunities. Graduates can work in academia as professors or researchers, contributing to the field through teaching and publishing scholarly work. Additionally, there are numerous opportunities to work in international organizations, non-governmental organizations, and government agencies, where you can shape policies and programs aimed at promoting sustainable development and social justice.

With a PhD in Development Studies, you can also pursue a career in consultancy, providing expert advice to governments, organizations, and businesses on development-related issues. The skills and knowledge gained during your PhD, such as critical thinking, research expertise, and policy analysis, are highly valued in various sectors.

Overall, a PhD in Development Studies equips you with the necessary tools to make a meaningful impact in the field of politics and government, contributing to the global efforts towards a more equitable and sustainable world.

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Creating effective and sustainable breast and bra education programmes for target groups

Applications are invited for a fully-funded three year PhD to commence in October 2024. . The PhD will be based in the Faculty of Science and Health, in the School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences, and will be supervised by Professor Joanna Wakefield-Scurr and Dr Mike Rayner. . Read more

Volunteering in a changing development cooperation landscape (RDFC24/EE/GES/BAILLIE)

The climate emergency, decolonisation, reduced aid budgets and the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic are challenging the ideas and practices of development organisations whose work has been structured around sending volunteering from the global North to the South. Read more

Postgraduate Research Opportunities in Global Development, Politics and International Relations & Security

About the School of Politics and International Studies. The School of Politics and International Studies is at the forefront of interdisciplinary research into international development, international relations and political studies. Read more

Postgraduate Research Opportunities in Sociology and Social Policy

About the School of Sociology and Social Policy. In the School of Sociology and Social Policy we are passionate about research that makes a difference in society on a local, national and global level. Read more

PhD programmes in Education

Mary Immaculate College (MIC) offers a diverse suite of postgraduate programmes in Education to masters and doctoral level. Be part of an innovative and creative learning environment with student supports, graduate skills training and a range of financial supports. Read more

Political Parties in Africa

The Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Reading seeks to appoint an outstanding and highly motivated PhD candidate for three full years (36 months). Read more

Dividing lines: drivers and solutions to polarisation in democracy

Across democracies around the world, there is widespread partisan polarization. Political conflict is central to democracy. However, democratic functioning is under threat when political identities solidify into polarized groups who are unwilling to engage respectfully with each other. Read more

Evaluating the Just Transition to effect policy change

It is an undeniable fact that the world faces environmental and climate crises of epic proportions. What is also clear to see is the social and political impacts of these crises across states and societies. Read more

PhDs in The Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research

Our research focuses on issues of social and economic disadvantage as experienced by places and people. We invite applications for research study in any of our research strengths, which include. Read more

PhD (School of Social Sciences) Doctorate

Study a PhD at the University of Bradford and contribute new and significant knowledge to the diverse field of social sciences. Read more

Fully-funded four-year PhD in Political and Social Sciences

Fully-funded four-year PhD programmes. The European University Institute (EUI) offers well-structured doctoral programmes allowing you to develop your intellectual curiosity and enabling original research. Read more

Faculty of Economics and Administration, Masaryk University

The Business Economy and Management programme provides an in-depth exploration of various aspects of the field, equipping students with the knowledge and skills needed to navigate the complex world of commerce. Read more

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