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Degree awarded
Doctor of Philosophy
Duration
36 months full-time or 72 months part-time
Entry requirements
  • First or upper second class honours Bachelor degree (or international equivalent) and
  • A relevant postgraduate qualification, generally a Master degree, with a minimum average grade of 65% in the taught modules and a minimum grade of 65% in the dissertation (or international equivalent)

Full entry requirements

How to apply

The majority of available Postgraduate Research places within the School of Environment, Education and Development are allocated before the end of May. We therefore recommend submitting a complete application by no later than the end of March for admission in September. We aim to process decisions on research degree applications within 4 working weeks from the receipt of a complete application.

A complete application consists of:

  • A completed application form
  • Two references, one of which should be familiar with your academic work
  • Copy of degree certificate for completed Bachelor degree
  • Copy of official transcript for completed Bachelor degree
  • Copy of degree certificate for completed postgraduate qualifications
  • Copy of official transcript for completed postgraduate qualifications
  • Detailed research proposal

Applicants to research degree programmes in SEED are expected to have a First or Upper Second Class degree (or its international equivalent), and a relevant postgraduate qualification (generally a Masters degree) with a minimum average grade of 65% in the taught modules and a minimum grade of 65% in the dissertation (or international equivalent). International applicants may also be required to provide evidence of English language proficiency (IELTS 7.0 or equivalent).

Once your application has been received you will be contacted by our admissions team, and you may be asked to submit additional information if necessary.

  • Apply online
  • Programme options

    Full-timePart-timeFull-time distance learningPart-time distance learning
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    Programme description

    Our research has been given a top rating of 5 in the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise. Our activities include research into major issues of development policy and practice including poverty alleviation, regulation and competition policy, development finance, human resource development, information systems, public sector reform, institutional change, economic and social development, impact assessment and sustainable development, resource management, sustainable livelihoods, and the environment. The combined field experience of our staff covers over 60 countries in Asia, Africa, Central and South America and the Pacific. Much of this experience has been gained in work for national and international agencies where the focus has been on finding workable solutions to development problems and strengthening institutional capacities.

    Candidates pursuing research degrees at IDPM are part of a large and expanding research community that has access to a wide range of specialists, superb library and computer facilities and a thriving series of seminars presented by staff, visiting speakers and research students. Research is driven by the academic and policy-oriented activities of individual researchers and by the activities of multidisciplinary clusters of staff and research students with interests in specific fields. These clusters provide a flexible and evolving structure for research, and over time they have shifted their focus in response to new priorities and interests. The current clusters are: Development Economics and Public Policy; Information Systems for Development; Management, Governance and International Development; and Poverty, Social Development and Livelihoods.

    Open days

    For details of the next University Postgraduate open day, visit open days and visits

    Fees

    For entry in the academic year beginning September 2014, the tuition fees are as follows:

    • PhD (full-time)
      UK/EU students (per annum): £4,900
      International students (per annum): £14,000

    Please note for the majority of projects where experimentation requires further resource: higher fee bands (where quoted) will be charged rather than the base rate for supervision, administration and computational costs. The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive and, therefore, you will not be required to pay any additional bench fees or administration costs.

    All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of the course for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees. Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your project.

    Scholarships/sponsorships

     Postgraduate research students in SEED are normally eligible for financial support from one of the following research councils:

    The School offers a number of internal awards that are advertised on our website from January with a closing date of March. Further details will be published on the School's website as they become available.

    Please see our postgraduate research funding web page for further information.

    Contact details

    Academic department
    School of Environment, Education and Development
    Contact name
    Laura Dobson, Postgraduate Research Recruitment and Admissions Officer
    Telephone
    +44 (0) 161 275 0807
    Facsimile
    +44 (0) 161 275 0421
    Email
    Website
    www.seed.manchester.ac.uk/subjects/idpm/postgraduateresearch/
    Academic department overview
    See: The School.

    Related subject areas

    Entry requirements

    Academic entry qualification overview

    • First or upper second class honours Bachelor degree (or international equivalent) and
    • A relevant postgraduate qualification, generally a Master degree, with a minimum average grade of 65% in the taught modules and a minimum grade of 65% in the dissertation (or international equivalent)

    English language

    Candidates whose first language is not English require one of the following Secured English Language Test certificates:

    IELTS test score of 7 or more overall, with a minimum score of 7 in writing and 6 in the other subsections

    TOEFL (Internet based) test score of 100 or more overall, with a minimum score of 25 in writing and 22 in the other subsections

    Pearson Test of English (PTE) score of 66 or more overall, with a minimum score of 66 in writing and 59 in the other subsections

    Grade C in the Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English

    Grade A in the Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English

    (Please note that the Cambridge First Certificate in English is not acceptable)

    English language test validity

    Some English language test results are only valid for two years. Your English language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

    How to apply

    The majority of available Postgraduate Research places within the School of Environment, Education and Development are allocated before the end of May. We therefore recommend submitting a complete application by no later than the end of March for admission in September. We aim to process decisions on research degree applications within 4 working weeks from the receipt of a complete application.

    A complete application consists of:

    • A completed application form
    • Two references, one of which should be familiar with your academic work
    • Copy of degree certificate for completed Bachelor degree
    • Copy of official transcript for completed Bachelor degree
    • Copy of degree certificate for completed postgraduate qualifications
    • Copy of official transcript for completed postgraduate qualifications
    • Detailed research proposal

    Applicants to research degree programmes in SEED are expected to have a First or Upper Second Class degree (or its international equivalent), and a relevant postgraduate qualification (generally a Masters degree) with a minimum average grade of 65% in the taught modules and a minimum grade of 65% in the dissertation (or international equivalent). International applicants may also be required to provide evidence of English language proficiency (IELTS 7.0 or equivalent).

    Once your application has been received you will be contacted by our admissions team, and you may be asked to submit additional information if necessary.

  • Apply online
  • Re-applications

    If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

    Programme description

    Our research has been given a top rating of 5 in the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise. Our activities include research into major issues of development policy and practice including poverty alleviation, regulation and competition policy, development finance, human resource development, information systems, public sector reform, institutional change, economic and social development, impact assessment and sustainable development, resource management, sustainable livelihoods, and the environment. The combined field experience of our staff covers over 60 countries in Asia, Africa, Central and South America and the Pacific. Much of this experience has been gained in work for national and international agencies where the focus has been on finding workable solutions to development problems and strengthening institutional capacities.

    Candidates pursuing research degrees at IDPM are part of a large and expanding research community that has access to a wide range of specialists, superb library and computer facilities and a thriving series of seminars presented by staff, visiting speakers and research students. Research is driven by the academic and policy-oriented activities of individual researchers and by the activities of multidisciplinary clusters of staff and research students with interests in specific fields. These clusters provide a flexible and evolving structure for research, and over time they have shifted their focus in response to new priorities and interests. The current clusters are: Development Economics and Public Policy; Information Systems for Development; Management, Governance and International Development; and Poverty, Social Development and Livelihoods.

    Facilities

    In Summer 2007, the School of Environment and Development moved to new purpose built facilities. The Arthur Lewis Building provides excellent resources including analytical laboratories, studio facilities, workshops, seminar rooms, an on-site cafe and dedicated computer clusters including GIS facilities.

    Disability support

    Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Support Office. Email: disability@manchester.ac.uk