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11 PhD Programs in Development Studies

With a PhD in Development Studies, candidates are prepared for careers in research, policy, and academia within the international development field of work. Many academic institutions provide excellent PhD in Development Studies programs with options for a variety of concentration areas. In a PhD in Development Studies program, candidates examine the problems of developing countries through an int… Read more

With a PhD in Development Studies, candidates are prepared for careers in research, policy, and academia within the international development field of work. Many academic institutions provide excellent PhD in Development Studies programs with options for a variety of concentration areas.

In a PhD in Development Studies program, candidates examine the problems of developing countries through an interdisciplinary framework, drawing on anthropology, economics, law, political science, sociology, and gender studies.  Some examples of areas of concentration include development geography, health care, social movements, gender relations, and sustainable development, among many others. Candidates will participate in courses as well as research which results in a dissertation that should provide a significant contribution to the current field of research. A PhD in Development Studies generally takes a minimum of four years to complete.

If a PhD in Development Studies is of interest to you, then scroll through the options below to find the program that matches your needs and interests!

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Institute of Development Studies
Brighton , United Kingdom

1st in the world for Development Studies (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020) – the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) transforms the knowledge, action and leade ... +

1st in the world for Development Studies (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020) – the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) transforms the knowledge, action and leadership needed for more equitable and sustainable development globally, through our world-class research, learning and teaching. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
3 - 6 years
English
Jan 2021
Campus
 
ISEG - Lisbon School of Economics & Management
Lisbon , Portugal

This is an advanced program of study designed to impart knowledge and produce original research in the field of Development, in line with the best European universities. With ... +

This is an advanced program of study designed to impart knowledge and produce original research in the field of Development, in line with the best European universities. With the creation of this Ph.D., the intention is to look at the changes which have taken place over recent decades and which have led to this scientific area becoming the focus of contemporary debate, as much in economic, social and environmental policy as in academia. -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
English
Campus
 
North Dakota State University - Graduate School
Fargo , USA

Developmental Science is an emerging approach to the study of human development that combines elements of more traditional approaches from the fields of Developmental Psycholo ... +

Developmental Science is an emerging approach to the study of human development that combines elements of more traditional approaches from the fields of Developmental Psychology and Human Development. Developmental Science entails the study of human development across the lifespan, integrating the biological, cognitive, and socioemotional underpinnings of development, and incorporating the familial, social, institutional, and cultural contexts in which development occurs. -
PhD
Full-time
3 - 5 years
English
Aug 2021
01 Feb 2021
Campus
 

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Charles University Faculty of Science
Prague , Czech Republic

Demography is the scientific study of human population dynamics. It encompasses the study of the size, structure, and distribution of populations, and how populations change o ... +

Demography is the scientific study of human population dynamics. It encompasses the study of the size, structure, and distribution of populations, and how populations change over time due to births, deaths, and migration including related events of marriages, divorces, and abortions. The relationships between economic, social, cultural, and biological environments and population development in terms of causes and effects (including forecasting) are the object of population studies in a broader sense. Demography compiles and analyzes data that are useful for various disciplines dealing with human populations such as economics, sociology, social medicine, anthropology, historiography, social geography, ecology, etc. Outcomes of demographic studies are important for public administration, policymaking, health service organization, educational system, insurance companies, etc. -
PhD
Full-time
4 years
English
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
University of Johannesburg
Johannesburg , South Africa

UJ Development Studies is concerned with change. We are interested in what we can do to change the world, but also with understanding a world that is changing. Our ethos in re ... +

UJ Development Studies is concerned with change. We are interested in what we can do to change the world, but also with understanding a world that is changing. Our ethos in research, teaching and activism is based upon a deep recognition of the tensions between development as an aspiration to create a better world, and as a normative and powerful (state or non-state) process of intervention into people’s lives. -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
English
Jan 2021
30 Oct 2020
Campus
 
SOAS University of London
London , United Kingdom

The Department currently has 52 research students, working on a range of research topics in many parts of Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. We are particularly ... +

The Department currently has 52 research students, working on a range of research topics in many parts of Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. We are particularly interested in potential research students who wish to work in one of the main Departmental Research Clusters, namely: Labour, Movements and Development; Neoliberalism, Globalisation, and States; Violence, Peace and Development; Water for Africa; Migration, Mobility and Development; Agrarian Change and Development; Development Policy, Aid, Institutions and Poverty Reduction. -
Master PhD
Full-time
Part-time
3 years
English
Campus
 
University of Ghana
Accra , Ghana

The programme is open to all candidates with a good first degree (i.e. at least second class lower division) in any relevant social and natural science, but applicants will be ... +

The programme is open to all candidates with a good first degree (i.e. at least second class lower division) in any relevant social and natural science, but applicants will be required to take prescribed courses depending on their -
PhD MA
Full-time
Campus
 
Universidad de La Laguna
Santa Cruz de Tenerife , Spain

The Doctorate in Territory and Society. Historical Evolution of a Tricontinental Space (Africa, America and Europe) (DOCTESO), is the result of the synergy of researchers who ... +

The Doctorate in Territory and Society. Historical Evolution of a Tricontinental Space (Africa, America and Europe) (DOCTESO), is the result of the synergy of researchers who develop their work in the fields of geography, history, archeology, the study of religions and sciences of the Faculties of Geography and History of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC) and the Universidad de La Laguna (ULL). -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
Spanish, English
Campus
 
Universidad Autonoma de Aguascalientes
Aguascalientes , Mexico

The Doctoral Degree in Anthropic Sciences, is an interdepartmental and multidisciplinary program offered by the Center for Design and Construction Sciences, the Departments of ... +

The Doctoral Degree in Anthropic Sciences, is an interdepartmental and multidisciplinary program offered by the Center for Design and Construction Sciences, the Departments of Construction and Structures, Habitat Design, Geotechnics and Hydraulics, as well as Theory and Methods . This postgraduate course offers greater flexibility as a tutoring system, which strengthens research activities. -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
Spanish
Campus
 
SOAS University of London
London , United Kingdom

Students may follow the PhD pathway in International Development by being based at either SOAS, LSHTM or IoE. All PhD students on the International Development pathway will at ... +

Students may follow the PhD pathway in International Development by being based at either SOAS, LSHTM or IoE. All PhD students on the International Development pathway will attend an advanced research training seminar run by LIDC. The series will provide students in the ESRC Doctoral Training Centre's International Development Pathway with a broad understanding of interdisciplinary approaches to development, and a detailed understanding of selected areas of interest. -
Master PhD
Full-time
Part-time
3 - 6 years
English
Campus
 
SOAS University of London
London , United Kingdom

The MPhil/PhD in Development, Environment and Policy provides advanced training and research experience at a doctoral level in the areas at the intersection of development, en ... +

The MPhil/PhD in Development, Environment and Policy provides advanced training and research experience at a doctoral level in the areas at the intersection of development, environment and policy. A key feature of the programme is an emphasis on interdisciplinarity – our students are encouraged to blend concepts, tools and methods from across disciplines, eg. economics and nutrition; politics and geography. -
Master PhD
Full-time
Part-time
3 years
English
Campus
 

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