The Development Studies Institute has established a vibrant research students' programme with students employing a variety of disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches to research across Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Middle East and internationally. The Institute hosts ESRC postgraduate and Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE) studentships and current students have secured scholarships from a wide variety of sources.
Prospective students should have a strong academic record and postgraduate training or work experience demonstrating a high standard of achievement. This includes grounding in one of the social science disciplines and languages necessary for the proposed research.
During the first year, students acquire further methodological training, language skills, or background knowledge of specific topics related to their research by following postgraduate courses at the Institute or in the School. Students who have not taken their MSc in the Institute may be required to study, and to qualify in, courses from the MSc programme. All students work closely with a faculty supervisor to develop a detailed proposal for their dissertation project, which is examined at the end of the academic year. By the end of the second year, MPhil students will have completed their research and written up their dissertation, while students working on a PhD will have completed all research. By the end of the third year, PhD students should have completed their dissertation or be near to completion.
Students participate together with faculty in regular research seminars where ongoing work is presented and debated.
Research students have linked their projects to work with the UN Development Programme, the World Bank and other bilateral and multilateral development agencies, as well as with leading non-governmental organisations.