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 and course duration

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