PhD Development Policy and Management

Year of entry: 2022

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Overview

Degree awarded
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Duration
3 years
Entry requirements
  • A First or Upper Second Class Bachelor's degree (or its international equivalent).
  • A relevant master's degree, with Merit and a minimum average grade of 60% in both the taught course units and your dissertation (or international equivalent of 60%).

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 overview

  • Work alongside a range of specialists conducting cutting-edge research in international development.
  • Be part of a multidisciplinary and diverse researcher community.
  • Access an ever-growing range of lectures, seminars and masterclasses presented by staff, visiting speakers and postgraduate researchers.

Open days

The University holds regular open days, where you will have the opportunity to tour the campus and find out more about our facilities and programmes.

On this day, you will find out more about the School of Environment, Education and Development (SEED) and meet academic and admissions staff who will be able to answer any questions you have.

For more information, see Open days .

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2022, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • PhD (full-time)
    UK students (per annum): £6,000
    International, including EU, students (per annum): £20,000
  • PhD (part-time)
    UK students (per annum): £3,000
    International, including EU, students (per annum): £10,000

Further information for EU students can be found on our dedicated EU page.

Your fees will cover the cost of your study at the University, as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision, examinations and graduation (excluding graduation robe hire).

Payment of tuition fees will also entitle you to membership of The University of Manchester library, the Students' Union and the Athletic Union.

Scholarships/sponsorships

We receive money from a range of sources to help you fund your research and have a range of awards on offer, covering tuition fees and a generous stipend, including School and departmental studentships and the President's Doctoral Scholar award.

Application deadlines for internal funding opportunities are often at the beginning of February for programmes starting the following September.

If you're planning to apply for a scholarship or award that is not attached to a particular project, you'll normally need to hold an offer of a place from the University before applying.

Search for current funding opportunities by country and research programme using our database search tool.

Contact details

School/Faculty
School of Environment, Education and Development
Contact name
Christopher Kitchen
Telephone
+44(0)161 275 0807
Email
Website
http://www.seed.manchester.ac.uk/
School/Faculty
See: The School .

Programmes in related subject areas

Use the links below to view lists of programmes in related subject areas.

Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

  • A First or Upper Second Class Bachelor's degree (or its international equivalent).
  • A relevant master's degree, with Merit and a minimum average grade of 60% in both the taught course units and your dissertation (or international equivalent of 60%).

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) test minimum scores - 100 overall, 25 writing, 22 other sections;
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) minimum scores - 66 overall, 66 writing, 59 other sections;
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) - overall score of 185 or above, with writing 185 and no other sub-section below 169, or Grade C if taken before 2015;
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) - overall score of 185 or above, with writing 185 and no other sub-section below 169, or Grade B if taken before 2015.

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 programme.

Application and selection

How to apply

Advice to applicants

Your completed application should include:

  • two references, one of which should be familiar with your academic work, on headed paper from the institution, signed, dated and stamped;
  • a degree certificate and transcript for your bachelor's and master's degrees;
  • a research proposal;
  • evidence of your English language proficiency;
  • a detailed CV.

Admission to studying for a PhD or a Professional Doctorate is highly competitive, so please allow as much time as possible to prepare your application, browse our research pages and academics' profiles, and familiarise yourself with the application process and any important deadlines.

Your supervisor will be an important part of your PhD programme.

It is a close relationship created over several years, through which you develop your ideas, skills, thinking and research. Your supervisor's research interests should therefore closely align to yours.

If you aren't applying for a specific project, you will need to find potential supervisors who will support your research.

Details on recent publications, ongoing projects and particular research interests are all available on our academics' profiles .

We strongly recommend that you approach academics who complement your research interests before you apply.

Most potential supervisors will be happy to provide pre-submission feedback on a well-developed draft proposal that closely matches their research expertise.

For more guidance, see How to write a research proposal .

If you'd like us to match you to a suitable supervisor, providing clear details of your research area or group within your application will make it easier for us to identify suitable opportunities for you.

Include any details in section six of your application from under 'Proposed programme of study'.

Although guarantees cannot be made, we'll do our best to match your area of research to the most suitable supervisors within the field.

How your application is considered

In reaching a decision on applications, we review a number of criteria, including:
  • the availability of two appropriate supervisors;
  • the relevance and strength of your research proposal;
  • your academic standing and relevant professional experience.

When you submit an application, you will receive notification that it has been received. Our admissions team will contact you to let you know if we require any further information.

We aim to process all applications within six weeks and will contact you with our decision as soon as possible.

Interview requirements

Applicants who meet our entry requirements and who are matched to a suitable supervisor will be interviewed.

For applicants unable to visit Manchester, interviews may be undertaken by phone or Skype.

Programme details

Programme description

As a PhD researcher in Development Policy and Management you will pursue research as part of a multidisciplinary research community in the Rory and Elizabeth Brooks Doctoral College , a part of the Global Development Institute (GDI) .

The Rory and Elizabeth Brooks Doctoral College is a world-class 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. The College aims to:

  • create an identity for groups of postgraduate researchers so that they feel part of a cohesive sub-community in a larger and stimulating academic community (the GDI);
  • encourage all postgraduate researchers to think about the relevance of their research for policymakers, practitioners and public understanding, and to pursue opportunities to share their findings;
  • provide opportunities for postgraduate researchers to gain practical skills and work experience that are beyond the opportunities provided by existing doctoral programmes (e.g., communications training, policy advocacy, public engagement, providing consultancy services to governments and other development agencies, convening and running conferences);
  • enhance engagement between postgraduate researchers and academic staff in the GDI to encourage innovation and collaboration in research and teaching. This, in addition, will enable PGRs to contribute support to the learning experienced by GDI's 450-plus intake of master's students;
  • facilitate PGR contributions to research within the GDI, the School and the University.

In the Global Development Institute (GDI) we are organised into seven research groups working on a range of themes. The seven research groups are:

PhD researchers make an essential contribution to the vibrant research environment that is the GDI and when you join us you can expect to be integrated into one or more of these research groups where your research will be nurtured and supported during the duration of your stay here.

Special features

Fortunate Machingura

I did my PhD on allowable deaths and valuing human lives, because that has always been central to what I wanted to understand.

So I got the opportunity to do exactly what I wanted to do: something that would not just help me study and gain a PhD, but something that would help me change lives.

Fortunate Machingura / Graduate (2016)

Teaching and learning

When you become a postgraduate researcher, you'll join a diverse and vibrant community of doctoral students from nearly 100 different countries, all studying within the Faculty of Humanities.

You'll be assigned to a specific research grouping that complements your research interests and have access to a variety of interdisciplinary research institutes.

Our working environments are often spacious and open plan, giving you plenty of opportunities to communicate with colleagues and staff within the School, and you will have your own desk space as well as access to our fantastic range of libraries on campus.

All our academic supervisors are research active and will support you to work on challenging research problems and develop rigorous, creative and original research.

You can expect to meet with your supervisor at least once a month to discuss progress on your project.

As a postgraduate researcher, you'll have access to a large and diverse community of internationally recognised academic experts offering an environment that will stimulate intellectual debate and development. We provide additional financial support for several activities related to your PhD, including:

  • presenting at international conferences;
  • attending workshops that provide relevant professional opportunities;
  • conducting fieldwork in the UK and overseas.

What our students say

I wanted to be trained at one of the best institutions in the world.

GDI was a natural option, and thanks to the Leverhulme Trust, I managed to get here.

I got the opportunity to do exactly what I wanted to do: something that would not just help me study and gain a PhD, but something that would help me change lives, ultimately - my life and others.

A PhD gives you opportunities to engage on different platforms: with a PhD you're recognised as knowledgeable in your area.

People enjoy listening to people who have done good research, especially at reputable institutions.

Given that GDI continues to be in the most respected institutions in global development, my PhD is quite something.

I'm really proud of being a product of this institution.

When I got to the UK - it was a very different culture, very different context, and the school environment is also very different so I didn't know what to expect - but coming to GDI - it's so diverse and very international!

So, it was very easy for me to feel at home, immediately. I just fit in.

It's such a place that you just feel at home because you can identify.

That was amazing for me.

My team of supervisors were unbelievably awesome.

My primary supervisor, Prof Phil Woodhouse, was just fantastic.

Dr Admos Chimhowu is phenomenal.

Prof Sarah Bracking too - just an incredible team!

And not just that team - you get to engage with other folks in the department.

Everybody has an open-door policy so you know that so-and-so is an expert on this, you just knock, get in and say, 'Look, this is my issue, can you help me?' and they will set aside time for you - to engage with you on that, give you materials, and say, 'Can you come back again?'

That's amazing.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service.

For more information, email  dass@manchester.ac.uk

Careers

Career opportunities

As a postgraduate researcher, you will have access to a dedicated Researcher Development Team who will support your professional development throughout your PhD journey and beyond.

Our researcher development programme will enable you to become more aware of your developing researcher identity, equipping you with the skills you need during your PhD and prepare you to integrate into the researcher community.

At every stage of your career, you will receive relevant, effective and comprehensive professional development opportunities.

We offer training sessions to build your skills and confidence in writing and presenting, with specific sessions on viva preparation, thesis submission and preparing for your Review Panel. You'll also have access to a range of workshops, covering areas such as:

  • increasing research impact through blog posts;
  • making the most of social media;
  • publishing in journals;
  • applying for fellowships;
  • designing academic posters;
  • improving time and self-management.

In addition, our Humanities training hub - ResearcherDevelopment@Manchester  - gives you additional training opportunities within the University.

You can choose courses in public engagement, wellbeing, language training and teaching, alongside more specialist courses in tools and software such as Python, R and Nvivo.

methods@manchester , meanwhile, is an initiative that gives you the chance to learn from the very best in research methods expertise at Manchester and beyond.

Regular talks, workshops and other methods-related events are organised throughout the academic year, bringing in experts from across the University and externally.

Finally, taking a placement provides a great opportunity to engage in knowledge exchange and to develop professional networking opportunities for your future career development.

We have established Postgraduate Researcher Exchange programmes with a small number of institutions around the world, offering you the opportunity to visit another institution, access research resources and experience another academic culture as well as build professional networks.

Successful applicants will receive some funding towards travel expenses, accommodation, subsistence, education materials and/or other education-related costs for anything from two weeks to a three-month visit.

For more information, see Careers and employability .

Careers support

The University has its own dedicated Careers Service that you would have full access to as a student and for two years after you graduate.

At Manchester you will have access to a number of opportunities to help boost your employability .