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Development Studies (IDS) PhD

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Full time | University of Sussex | 4 years | 03-JAN-22

Study mode

Full time


4 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

Subject areas

Development Politics Development Economics

Course type


Course Summary

Study with the world leaders in Development Studies and realise your potential to transform the world. 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.

As a PhD researcher, you’ll join a thriving research community with more than 70 research staff and 50 postgraduate researchers. You’ll have access to research and teaching opportunities, as well as a substantial series of seminars presented by leading development professionals and practitioners.

Your time at IDS will equip you with the training needed to launch your career in academia, government, civil society or the private sector, and make a real difference in bringing about transformative change. Our PhD graduates are defining and solving some of the world’s most pressing global challenges in their work as: ministers in national governments and civil servants; high-level officials in development organisations such as UNDP and the World Bank; leaders and thinkers of civil-society and international development organisations such as ActionAid and Christian Aid; high-profile academics at universities across the world.

Areas of Study

We welcome submissions from researchers who share our commitment to upholding climate and environmental justice, reducing extreme inequities, fostering healthy and fulfilling lives, nurturing inclusive, democratic and accountable societies.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For courses starting in 2020 UK fee is £4,407 per year for full-time students.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK/ international students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Degree requirements: You’re normally expected to have a Merit (an average of 60% overall) in a Masters degree. Subject-specific requirements: Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences subject. In exceptional circumstances, you may be considered for the degree if you have a qualification in a different subject area. You must also show evidence of substantial professional work experience in a developing country or in development-related work.