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Development Studies (IDS) PhD

Key information

Qualification type

PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

Subject areas

Development Politics Development Economics

Course type


Course Summary

The IDS is a world-leading centre in international development studies. Our research is driven by the academic and policy-oriented activities of individual researchers, shaped by our unique ‘engaged excellence’ approach. This means working in partnership with those at the heart of the change we wish to see – including policy-makers, civil society, activists and practitioners – to produce and mobilise rigorous and operationally relevant research and evidence. We are looking for PhD students interested in working on projects that respond to the following global challenges and their intersections: reducing inequality, accelerating sustainability, building inclusive and safe societies.

Different course options

Full time | University of Sussex | 4 years | JAN-20

Study mode

Full time


4 years

Start date


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

Students are normally expected to have a Masters degree and an upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree; qualification should be in a relevant social sciences subject. In exceptional circumstances, may be considered for the degree if students have a qualification in a different subject area. Students must also show evidence of substantial professional work experience in a developing country or in development-related work.