International Development PhD with Integrated Study

While the traditional PhD requires you to engage entirely in research training, this programme enables you to gain added value from taught, subject-based modules. These allow you to broaden and deepen your subject knowledge at the same time as undertaking your own research and developing a set of transferable professional skills in preparation for a variety of careers.

The PhD with Integrated Study has been developed to provide a new route to the internationally respected British PhD degree by incorporating subject knowledge, research training and the development of transferable skills.

While the traditional PhD programme requires students to engage entirely in research training, culminating in the production of a thesis, the PhD with Integrated Study enables you to gain added value from taught, subject-based modules.

The taught modules allow students to broaden, as well as deepen, their subject knowledge at the same time as undertaking their own research and developing a set of transferable professional skills in preparation for careers as professional educators and researchers, and for senior positions in public and private sector organisations.

Programme content

The programme consists of taught modules and a thesis. Taught modules include core skills and subject specific modules, and the thesis is 80,000 words.

Research activity will begin in year one and will continue alongside taught modules in years two and possibly three. In year four, students will focus entirely on their research, culminating in the production of the thesis. Students will be expected to take assessed modules in basic and specialist research methods.

Fees and funding

IDD PhD with Integrated Study 2017-18
Fee band Full time
Home/EU students £4,270
Overseas students (Band D) £15,720

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Scholarships and studentships
Scholarships may be available. See the departmental scholarships and funding pages.

International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.

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Entry requirements

You should posses either an excellent undergraduate degree with evidence of research ability; or undergraduate and postgraduate degrees which are not necessarily in fields directly related to the intended area of research. Besides formal qualifications, a key factor determining whether the Department decides to accept a candidate is the quality of his or her research proposal and its relevance to our own interests. Successful completion of a research thesis demands a high level of self-discipline, motivation and commitment to the subject of research. Great importance is placed on work experience, when relevant. Please contact the Department for more details.

International students:

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries – learn more about international entry requirements 

How to apply

When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages

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Learning and support

IDD is committed to encouraging new thinking in the fields of development and public management. Studying for a combined research and taught degree with IDD means being part of an active research and practitioner community that will support you in accomplishing your academic goals.

An individual training plan is drawn up to meet the needs of each student, based on a training needs assessment, covering both discipline-specific and transferable skills. Any gaps in their own skills portfolio identified by students can be filled during their period of study through attending courses offered by the Department or the University

Each student is assigned their own space and computer within the Department.

Graduates from the School have gone on to work in a range of careers, with recent graduates working with organisations such as the United Nations, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, local authorities in the UK and overseas and the Department for International Development.

The School takes employability very seriously and as well as linking students to the central careers services, also incorporates opportunities to enhance their employment prospects, including highlighting work experience opportunities, encouraging volunteering in extra-curricular projects (such as student seminars and events) and by inviting backgrounds for students to meet.

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