Doctorate Degrees in Development Studies

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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 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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PhD by Research

Institute of Development Studies
Campus Part time August 2018 United Kingdom Brighton

We offer a programme of supervised study leading to a PhD in topics closely related to our current research priorities. [+]

World-leaders in development studies

IDS is a leading global institution for development research, teaching and learning, and impact and communications, based at the University of Sussex. The University of Sussex is ranked first in the world for development studies. This QS World Ranking reflects the strong reputation and quality of research and course offerings across campus, including by IDS.

Research at IDS

IDS is dedicated to research on processes of social, political and economic development and change in order to understand problems of poverty and development-related issues in local, national and global realms. Through our research we seek to achieve our vision of equal and sustainable societies, both locally and globally, where everyone can live secure, fulfilling lives free from poverty and injustice.... [-]


MPhil/PhD Development Economics

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 4 - 6 years August 2018 United Kingdom London + 1 more

The PhD in Development Economics is a research degree offered by the Department of Economics, and is also part of the PhD pathway, 'International Development', within the Bloomsbury Doctoral Training Partnership. The latter forms one of the few Centres recognized by the UK's Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), thereby receiving financial support, and especially individual grants, for MSc and PhD students. This PhD pathway is open to applicants whether or not eligible for, or in receipt of, ESRC funding, with ESRC-funded students expected to form a small minority overall. Successful applicants to the MPhil/PhD in Development Economics will normally have a good Master's degree in a relevant subject if entering directly into the MPhil/PhD pathway although each applicant is assessed on merits including work and other experience. [+]

MPhil/PhD Development Economics

Duration: 3 years full time or 6 years part-time

Entry Requirements: Admission and Thesis Requirements. A good Masters degree in Economics is usually required for registration for the MPhil and PhD research degrees. Students are normally registered for the MPhil degree in the first instance. Once approval of the Student's Supervisory Committee has been received, the student's registration is upgraded to PhD status (and backdated to the commencement of the MPhil registration), usually at the end of the first year of study. The normal period of study for a PhD degree is not less than three years of full-time study. Students if full-time employment or with other significant commitments may register for part-time study, for which the minimum registration period is double that of full-time study. Candidates are expected to present a thesis of no more than 55,000 words for the MPhil, while for the PhD the maximum length is 100,000 words.... [-]


MPhil/PhD in International Development

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 3 years August 2018 United Kingdom London + 1 more

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. [+]

MPhil/PhD in International Development

Duration:3 years full time or 6 years part-time

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.

All MPhil/PhD in International Development research students will participate in the compulsory coursework and attend research student seminars in the college and department where they are registered for the MPhil/PhD. At SOAS the Economics and Development Studies departments hold seminar series and students will be expected to involve themselves in the work of the relevant research clusters.... [-]


MPhil/PhD in Development Studies

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 3 years August 2018 United Kingdom London + 1 more

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. [+]

MPhil/PhD in Development Studies

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

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.

Research students are encouraged to attend weekly training sessions to introduce them to a number of practical techniques and vocational skills utilized within the development profession; fortnightly seminars on topics relevant to Development Studies and, where appropriate, post-experience workshops.... [-]


PhD in Development Studies

ISEG - Lisbon School of Economics & Management
Campus Full time 3 years September 2018 Portugal Lisbon

This is an advanced programme 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 PhD, 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 in Development Studies

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. The course has emerged in response to the changes in recent decades that have brought Development Studies to the fore in current debates, both in the academies and in the area of economic, social and environmental policy.

Host centers

The research undertaken in ISEG’s research centers, which have been classified by the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) as very good or excellent, provide important support for students in this program.... [-]


Doctorate In The Sciences Of The Antropic Areas

Universidad Autonoma de Aguascalientes
Campus Full time 3 years July 2018 Mexico Aguascalientes

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. [+]

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.

General objective

To train high level researchers from the humanist perspective with a strong social commitment and an active concern about the environment, focusing the researcher on the problems of the anthropic areas of specific regional contexts in a systemic and critical way in order to contribute to their sustainable development.... [-]


PhD in Development Finance

University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB)
Campus 2 years February 2018 South Africa Cape Town Bellville

The purpose of USB's internationally accredited PhD in Development Finance is to contribute to a crucial understanding of development finance and to support the growth agendas of South Africa, the greater African continent and beyond. It also leads to employable expertise. [+]

Programme fully subscribed. Applications for this programme are now closed.​

The purpose of USB's internationally accredited PhD in Development Finance is to contribute to a crucial understanding of development finance and to support the growth agendas of South Africa, the greater African continent and beyond. It also leads to employable expertise.

What can you do with this PhD?

You will be able to fill senior-level positions aimed at supporting the growth agendas organisations, regions, countries and even continents. Expertise in development finance is typically required by policy-making institutions, governments, public and private corporations, financial institutions and regional and international organisations.... [-]


PhD In Regional Development

Université du Québec à Rimouski UQAR
Campus Full time 6 months September 2018 Canada Rimouski Lévis + 1 more

The doctorate in regional development is to train scientists and analysts able to meet the needs of people and regional organizations in planning, evaluation and analysis of regional development. [+]

The doctorate in regional development is to train scientists and analysts able to meet the needs of people and regional organizations in planning, evaluation and analysis of regional development.

Offered jointly with the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC), this program focuses on interdisciplinary and is defined on the following areas:

dynamic socio-historical structuring and de-structuring of the regional space; regionalisms and social movements; process of development of resources and the environment.

Program Structure

This program involves a thesis of 63 credits to deepen a subject area of ​​study Regional Development. Particular attention is paid to the problems of the peripheral regions, both in industrialized countries and in the Third World.... [-]


MA / MPhil / PhD in Migration Studies

University of Ghana
Campus Full time 1 - 3 years September 2018 Ghana Accra

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 [+]

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

M.A Migration Studies

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 backgrounds and prior courses of study.

M.Phil Migration Studies

Applicants who already possess an MA in migration studies or other related subject area from another university may be considered for admission into the M.Phil programme directly.

Candidates who obtain an average grade of B+ or higher at the MA level may be considered for upgrading to an M.Phil programme.

The M.Phil programme will run for another 12 months after the M.A degree. Beyond this, students are free to take electives from other departments upon consultation with the head of the Centre or academic advisor of the Centre and the department or institute concerned.... [-]


PhD in Development Economics

The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies
Campus Full time 4 years September 2018 Switzerland Geneva USA Cambridge + 2 more

The Institute’s PhD with a specialisation in Development Economics is geared towards providing state-of-the-art training in macro and micro-economics as well as econometrics. [+]

The Institute’s PhD with a specialisation in Development Economics is geared towards providing state-of-the-art training in macro and micro-economics as well as econometrics. In this programme, students are encouraged to take a minor in another discipline at the PhD level in order to be equipped to deal with complex issues from at least two academic standpoints. In addition, students have the opportunity to carry out fieldwork by taking part in projects being supervised by faculty members in developing countries.

PhD with a specialisation in Development Economics

Over the past decade, Development Economics has arguably become one of the most interesting fields in the profession. From global macroeconomic issues such as the determinants of economic growth, to carefully-crafted microeconomic work in which rigorously constructed theory is tested in developing countries, often using cutting-edge experimental or quasi-experimental techniques, Development Economics is at the heart of many current policy debates. What works and what does not in terms of social programmes geared towards reducing poverty, child malnutrition, or the spread of HIV/AIDS? What policies should a country follow in order to ensure sustained economic growth and an equitable distribution of income?... [-]