Research course

Development Studies with Reference to Emerging Economies

King's College London · Department of International Development

Entry requirements

A Master's degree is usually required.

In exceptional circumstances only, a Bachelor's degree with 1st class or high 2:1 honours.

Months of entry


Course content

The Department of International Development (DID) at King's has a different agenda to traditional development studies in the UK and wider afield. It specifically focuses on 'emerging economies,' both to explore the sources of their success as well as understand the major development challenges they continue to face. These fast growing and changing societies raise new questions about the global economy, national development and promoting sustainable and equitable growth.

Research at the department seeks to explore critical perspectives on economic growth, modernisation and ‘progress’ and to do so by exploring context-specific economic, social and political change in these countries rather than applying prescriptive models of development.

We have three research groups:

  1. Poverty, Inequality & Inclusive Growth
  2. Social Justice
  3. Political Economy & Institutions

Research expertise spans political science, sociology, social anthropology, development economics, history, geography and management. We have strong regional expertise and collaborations in Latin America and SE Asia, in China and India. The African Leadership Centre hosted by DID brings unique connections with the African continent and offers a separate programme in Leadership Studies with reference to Security and Development.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MPhil/PhD
    part time
    72-84 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    36-48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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