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Development Studies MPhil

Key information

Qualification type

MPhil - Master of Philosophy

Subject areas

Development Politics Development Economics

Course type


Course Summary

This course provides an inter-disciplinary training whose content and style have kept abreast with the changing reality of the developing world, and the changing requirements of men and women seeking to make a career in the development field. The course gives its students a firm grounding in political economics relevant to the developing world, including the study of sociology, law, political science, management, economics and anthropology. The inter-disciplinary approach is based on the recognition that together with the analytical rigour required of economists and other social scientists today, no important issue in development poverty and inequality, population growth, the construction of the institutions of a market economy, war and human rights, democratisation can be properly understood without an inter-disciplinary perspective.

This course is taught both in the Centre of Development Studies and in collaboration with the Centres of African Studies and Latin American Studies, the Faculty of Economics, the Departments of Land Economy, Geography, Politics and International Studies, Social Anthropology, and the Judge Business School. This course provides a framework within which students can construct a pathway suited to a wide range of differing interests and needs: those for whom the MPhil represents a one-year preparation for a career in development policy can select a broad inter-disciplinary set of subjects, while those who wish to continue their studies at the doctoral level can select a more specialised set of options concentrating on the analytical tools of their subject, and discover which university department or faculty is most suited to their research plans.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


9 months

Start date


Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK High2.1 Honours Degree. The equivalent of at least a high2.1 degree in the British university system (CPGA 3.7 out of 4.0 in the U.S. system) is required. The Admissions Committee takes into account factors in addition to academic qualifications, and attainment of the minimum academic requirement does not guarantee admission to the programme.