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About the Programme


Change lives and shape futures with a PhD in Global Development.

The Global Development Institute produces research that extends knowledge frontiers and we're driven by the desire to advance social justice on a global scale.


We achieve this by conducting world-class, interdisciplinary research that critically and rigorously advances development theory.

We work closely with a wide range of researchers from the global South. This includes longstanding relations that reach over many decades alongside new relationship with emerging scholars.

As a doctoral candidate, you'll join a friendly and supportive research community, opportunities to interact with other students and staff, and the encouragement to make a real impact with your research.

We invest in the best ideas and brightest mind sand you'll receive a comprehensive portfolio of support and training to help you reach your aspirations and develop into an intellectual leader.

Our research groups

Our researchers are driven by the desire to advance social justice by conducting world-class, interdisciplinary research that achieves real impact.

Within the Institute we have seven research groups:

  • Digital development
  • Migration, refugees and asylum
  • Urban futures
  • Growth and distribution
  • Politics, governance and management
  • Global production networks, trade and labour
  • Agrarian change and political ecology

Find out more about our global development research groups

You can explore more about our PhD programme on our course profile:

  • PhD Development Policy and Management

Funding your research

We offer a number of funding opportunities for talented individuals to undertake doctoral training with us, including School studentships and the President's Doctoral Scholar Award. All successful applicants who apply for their programme before 10 February 2020 are automatically considered for this funding.

If you're from the UK or EU you can also apply for funding with the ESRC, and will need to have applied for a programme by 27 January 2020 in order to meet the funding deadline of 3 February 2020, 5pm GMT. Please check the studentship page for further details.

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Developing intellectual leaders

We're not here simply to ‘supervise' – we seek to discover and co-produce new knowledge with students as our partners.
To enable you to integrate and thrive with us, you'll be supported by a dedicated Researcher Development Team throughout your PhD and beyond.

You'll benefit from world-class professional training opportunities:

  • Developing Intellectual Leaders Programme – for all the skills you need to succeed
  • ProGRess@humanities – our training hub that offers specialist courses
  • methods@manchester – an initiative giving you the chance to learn from the very best via talks, workshops and other events.

We provide support for several activities related to your PhD, including:

  • Presenting at international conferences
  • Attending workshops that provide relevant professional opportunities
  • Conducting fieldwork in the UK and overseas
  • Exchanges and placements with partnering institutions

You'll also be encouraged to publish in high quality outlets and we have strategies to help you achieve this goal.

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Funding Notes

Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. Applications for this programme are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide. Funding may only be available to a limited set of nationalities and you should read the full programme details for further information.

How good is research at The University of Manchester in Anthropology and Development Studies?

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