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. If you're not sure if you meet the entry requirements, please contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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. The research topic pages (in the menu on the right of our Research areas page) give details of specific entry requirements, and provide contact details to discuss your suitability for the MPhil with a member of academic staff.
Civil society, NGOs and social movements; Health systems and development; Inclusive innovation and development; Migration, transnationalism and development; Rising powers in Africa; States, political systems and developments, especially in Africa and Latin America.
Months of entry
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.
We offer two research degree programmes: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Master of Philosophy (MPhil).
- The group is recognised for its internationally excellent interdisciplinary research on innovation and development and for its growing profile in generating theoretically informed and empirically grounded knowledge on the roles and impacts of individuals, groups and systems in development processes.
- The group is continuously developing new conceptual frameworks and avenues of inquiry and prides itself in being able to attract and retain world-class researchers and students who are willing and able to expand conceptual and empirical horizons.
- The group’s network of local and global partners provides students and researchers access to a vibrant intellectual community.
- We focus on questions of governance of development and the role of the emerging powers in reconfiguring development cooperation.
- We focus largely, though not exclusively, on Africa and Asia.
Fees and funding
Please see The Open University website http://www.open.ac.uk/postgraduate/research-degrees/fees-and-funding for more information.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Discipline Convenor
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