8 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

The Institute of Development Studies (IDS) is at the forefront of development. Our students come from all over the globe and are united in their commitment to transform approa ... +

The Institute of Development Studies (IDS) is at the forefront of development. Our students come from all over the globe and are united in their commitment to transform approaches to equitable and sustainable development that helps ensure better lives for everyone, everywhere. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
3 years
English
Sep 2020
Campus
 
ISEG - Lisbon School of Economics & Management
Lisbon, Portugal

The PhD Development Studies was established by the Technical University of Lisbon in 2009. This 3rd cycle course aims to provide high quality academic training in development ... +

The PhD Development Studies was established by the Technical University of Lisbon in 2009. This 3rd cycle course aims to provide high quality academic training in development studies and produce original research in this field. -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
English
Sep 2020
Campus
 
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
Online & Campus Combined
Full-time
4 years
English
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
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. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
3 years
English
28 Sep 2020
30 Jun 2020
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
Sep 2020
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
Jul 2020
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. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
3 years
English
28 Sep 2020
30 Jun 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. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
3 years
English
28 Sep 2020
30 Jun 2020
Campus