PhD by Research

General

Program Description

Development Studies PhD by Research

World-leaders in development studies

The Institute of Development Studies (IDS) is a global research and learning organisation for equitable and sustainable change. In partnership with the University of Sussex, IDS is ranked first in the world for development studies by the QS University Rankings.

Build your career in international development

Studying at IDS triggers exciting career opportunities in a range of development-related fields, including research, policy and practice.

Our PhD researchers typically come from INGOs, governments, civil society organisations, academic institutions, business and elsewhere, and want to advance their theoretical and practical understanding of development, improve their career prospects, and make the world a better place.

Our graduates have gone on to take up senior positions in global organisations such as the World Bank and the United Nations, and in leading civil society organisations, as well as become Ministers and officials in national governments, and high profile academics at universities across the world.

Join a global community

Currently, we have students of over 60 nationalities studying postgraduate degrees IDS. Students and alumni are members of the IDS community, a truly global network that enriches the curriculum experience and provides lifelong professional networks and friendships.

Areas of study

We are looking for PhD researchers interested in working on projects that respond to the following global challenges and their intersections:

  • reducing inequalities
  • accelerating sustainability
  • building inclusive and secure societies.

We are particularly interested in work that shows originality in addressing topics related to the work of our research clusters, namely: business, cities, digital, governance, health, participation, power, resource politics and rural futures.

Fees and funding

Fees are listed on our website: ids.ac.uk/learn.

Unfortunately, neither IDS nor the University of Sussex can offer financial support for our PhD researchers. Applicants requiring financial assistance should contact their local Ministry of Education or Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the British Council representative (c/o British Embassy).

Find out more and apply

Please see our IDS PhD by Research webpage for more information about fees, supervision, assesment and how to apply.

“IDS offers doctoral researchers an enriching environment with access to a broad range of experts with different disciplinary backgrounds. The IDS community is always bustling with energy and a commitment to answering difficult questions and this makes it an exciting place in which to undertake research. I feel particularly blessed to be among a supportive group of peers who offer guidance at every turn.” - Dina Zayed, IDS PhD researcher

Last updated Jan 2020

About the School

The Institute of Development Studies (IDS) is a global research and learning organisation for equitable and sustainable change. We are ranked first in the world for development studies, in partnership ... Read More

The Institute of Development Studies (IDS) is a global research and learning organisation for equitable and sustainable change. We are ranked first in the world for development studies, in partnership with the University of Sussex. Read less