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Development Studies (IDS) PhD

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Full time | University of Sussex | 4 years | JAN-21

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

1st in the world for Development Studies (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018) – the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) is a global research and learning organisation for equitable and sustainable change.

At IDS, we’re dedicated to research on processes of social, political and economic development. We seek to understand problems of poverty and development-related issues in local, national and global realms.

Through our research, and that of our PhD researchers, we seek to achieve our vision of equal and sustainable societies – locally and globally – where everyone can live secure, fulfilling lives free from poverty and injustice.


We are looking for PhD researchers interested in working on projects that respond to the following global challenges and their intersections:

  • reducing inequalities
  • accelerating sustainability
  • building inclusive and secure societies.

We are particularly interested in work that shows originality in addressing topics related to the work of our research clusters: business, cities, conflict, digital, gender, governance, green transformations, health, participation, power, resource politics and rural futures.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

You’re normally expected to have a Merit (an average of 60% overall) in a Masters degree. 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.