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PhD Development Policy and Management

Year of entry: 2017

Overview

Degree awarded
Doctor of Philosophy
Duration
36 Months. [Full-Time]
Entry requirements
  • First or upper second class honours Bachelor degree (or international equivalent) and
  • A relevant postgraduate qualification, generally a Master degree, with Merit and a minimum average grade of 60% in the taught modules and a minimum grade of 60% in the dissertation (or international equivalent)

Full entry requirements

How to apply
Apply online

Programme options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
PhD Y Y N N

Programme description

Candidates pursuing research degrees at GDI are part of the Rory and Elizabeth Brooks Doctoral College, a multidisciplinary research community. The Brooks Doctoral College aspires to be a community of doctoral researchers contributing to socially just global development through the research of its members and their progression into leadership roles in public, private and civic institutions. In particular, we aim to:

  • Create an identity and sense of community among doctoral researchers as part of the GDI research environment
  • Encourage all PhDs to think about the relevance of their research for policy-makers, practitioners and public understanding and pursue opportunities to share their findings
  • Provide opportunities for doctoral researchers to gain practical skills and work experience that are beyond the opportunities provided by existing doctoral programmes (e.g. organising conferences and master classes)
  • Enhance engagement between doctoral researchers and academic staff in GDI to encourage innovation and collaboration in research and teaching (especially involving our 450+ strong cohorts of Master's students).

The results of the most recent (2014) Research Excellence Framework ranked GDI first for impact in Development Studies in the UK, with many of our researchers deemed to be 'world leading'. 

PhD researchers make an essential contribution to the vibrant research environment that is the Global Development Institute. Our research is centred around four key themes:

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 from working with national and international agencies where the focus has been on finding workable solutions to development problems and strengthening institutional capacities. Our four research themes are operationalised through the activities of multidisciplinary clusters of staff and postgraduate researchers:

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2017, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • PhD (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £5,500
    International students (per annum): £17,000
  • PhD (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £2,750
    International students (per annum): £8,500

Scholarships/sponsorships

Sources of funding include:

UK Research Councils:

Includes 1+3 and +3 studentships.  Residency eligibility criteria apply. CASE studentships are normally advertised in January / February on our website and at jobs.ac.uk

In addition, funding is sometimes possible from one of the following:

Internal awards are advertised on our funding page from November.

Contact details

Academic department
School of Environment, Education and Development
Contact name
Christopher Kitchen
Telephone
+44(0)161 275 0807
Facsimile
+44(0)161 275 0421
Email
Website
http://www.seed.manchester.ac.uk/subjects/idpm/postgraduateresearch/
Academic department overview
See: The School .

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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 Merit and a minimum average grade of 60% in the taught modules and a minimum grade of 60% in the dissertation (or international equivalent)

English language

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

  • IELTS test minimum scores - 7 overall, 7 writing, 6 other sections
  • TOEFL (internet based) minimum scores - 100 overall, 25 writing, 22 other sections
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) minimum scores - 66 overall, 66 writing, 59 other sections

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.

Application and selection

How to apply

Advice to applicants

The PhD Development Policy and Management programme receives many excellent applications each year and regrettably we cannot offer places to all of those applicants who satisfy our minimum entry requirement. Applicants should consider how their proposed research links with current research activity within the Global Development Institute: http://www.gdi.manchester.ac.uk/about/research-groups/

All applicants are assessed against the same entry criteria. As places are limited, we offer places to those eligible applicants who best meet our selection criteria. Applicants seeking scholarship funding from SEED or from the North West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (NWSSDTP) are strongly advised to seek early advice from prospective supervisors about their proposed research. Scholarship funding  is very competitive and will take account of the quality of applicants' research proposals as well as their previous academic performance.  

There are three application deadlines for entry to our PhD Development Policy and Management programme in 2017:

18 th November 2016 - scholarship holders and sponsored students who require a prompt decision are strongly advised to submit a complete application by this deadline.

20 th January 2017 - if you wish to be considered for the SEED or the Research Council (NWSSDTP) studentships you must submit a complete application, including all supporting documents, by this deadline. Incomplete applications or applications received after the 20 th January 2017 will not be considered for the scholarships.

17 th March 2017 - incomplete applications or applications submitted after this final deadline will be considered at the School's discretion. 

Applicants will receive a decision within six weeks of the deadline to which they submitted.

Interview requirements

Applicants who meet our entry requirements and who are matched to a suitable supervisor may be required to attend an interview

Programme details

Programme description

Candidates pursuing research degrees at GDI are part of the Rory and Elizabeth Brooks Doctoral College, a multidisciplinary research community. The Brooks Doctoral College aspires to be a community of doctoral researchers contributing to socially just global development through the research of its members and their progression into leadership roles in public, private and civic institutions. In particular, we aim to:

  • Create an identity and sense of community among doctoral researchers as part of the GDI research environment
  • Encourage all PhDs to think about the relevance of their research for policy-makers, practitioners and public understanding and pursue opportunities to share their findings
  • Provide opportunities for doctoral researchers to gain practical skills and work experience that are beyond the opportunities provided by existing doctoral programmes (e.g. organising conferences and master classes)
  • Enhance engagement between doctoral researchers and academic staff in GDI to encourage innovation and collaboration in research and teaching (especially involving our 450+ strong cohorts of Master's students).

The results of the most recent (2014) Research Excellence Framework ranked GDI first for impact in Development Studies in the UK, with many of our researchers deemed to be 'world leading'. 

PhD researchers make an essential contribution to the vibrant research environment that is the Global Development Institute. Our research is centred around four key themes:

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 from working with national and international agencies where the focus has been on finding workable solutions to development problems and strengthening institutional capacities. Our four research themes are operationalised through the activities of multidisciplinary clusters of staff and postgraduate researchers:

Disability support

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