Research course

Development Studies

Institution
Open University · Department of Design, Development, Environment and Materials
Qualifications
PhDMPhil

Entry requirements

PhD: The normal minimum entrance requirement is an upper second class honours degree or master's degree, relevant to the proposed area of study, from a recognised higher education institution in the UK. You should also have experience of academic research in the previous four years, normally in the form of either a master's degree in research methods, an undergraduate degree with a research element in the final year, or work-related experience with evidence through research reports.

MPhil: Applicants should normally hold, or be expecting to obtain, a bachelors degree with at least first or upper-second class honours, or an equivalent qualification. However, entry requirements differ between academic areas, and sometimes a taught masters degree is also required.

Months of entry

October

Course content

The Open University's Development Policy and Practice (DPP) Group is a leading centre of development studies and development management research, and co-hosts the ESRC INNOGEN Centre on innovation in life sciences which is run jointly with the University of Edinburgh.

In the 2014 UK Research Excellence Framework results:

  • OU research in Development Studies is ranked 5th in the UK overall for the quality and intensity of its research using the Times Higher Education Research Intensity Score
  • 69% of OU Development Studies research was assessed as 4* (world-class) or 3* (internationally excellent)
  • 100% of the OU environment for research in International Development topics was also assessed as 4* (world-class) or 3* (internationally excellent).

Underpinning its international research excellence, DPP has extensive networks within and outside the University. It is a key contributor to the OU’s Priority Research Area in International Development and Inclusive Innovation, which brings together and supports the wide range of inter-disciplinary development and innovation research undertaken across the University. In the UK, the DPP group works closely with academics from a range of development studies institutes and with a consortium of non-governmental organisations. Internationally, it has research and teaching collaborations with staff and institutions from more than 20 countries. It has developed a facilitative capacity to bring people together to work in new programmes, courses and research.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    36 months
      part time
      72 months
      • MPhil
        full time
        15 months
          part time
          24 months

          Course contact details

          Name
          Discipline Convenor
          Email
          FASS-DPP-PG-Admissions@open.ac.uk
          Phone
          +44 (0)1908 653947