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. If you're not sure if you meet the entry requirements, please contact us (research-degrees-team@open.ac.uk). 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.

Months of entry

October

Course content

The Development Policy and Practice Group carries out research in development studies and development management, and co-hosts the ESRC INNOGEN Research Centre on innovation in life sciences which is run jointly with the University of Edinburgh.

The group has extensive networks within and outside the University. In the UK the 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).

Key facts
  • 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

PhD

full time
36 months
distance learning
variable months
part time
72 months

MPhil

full time
15 months
distance learning
variable months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Name
Professor Giles Mohan
Email
mct-ddem-enquiries@open.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1908 653654