Research course

Development, Environment and Policy

SOAS University of London · Department of Development Studies

Entry requirements

We welcome applications from qualified students holding a good Master’s-level degree (or overseas equivalent) in a subject relevant to the Centre's core interests in development, environment and policy. Typically, we would expect applicants to have some background in the social sciences and to demonstrate high academic achievement in their previous studies.

Months of entry


Course content

Please note, the PhD in Development, Environment and Policy is now full for September 2020 entry and is closed to new applications

The MPhil/PhD in Development, Environment and Policy provides advanced training and research experience at a doctoral level in the areas at the intersection of development, environment and policy. The programme is particularly focused on the following:

  • environment, energy and development, including climate change and development and the land-water-energy nexus
  • sustainable and nutrition-sensitive food systems and agriculture-health linkages
  • agricultural, energy and climate policy.

A key feature of the programme is an emphasis on interdisciplinarity – our students are encouraged to blend concepts, tools and methods from across disciplines, eg. economics and nutrition; politics and geography. This is enhanced by our location in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies, with its mission to strengthen interdisciplinarity within SOAS. Our students also benefit from CeDEP’s strong links with other Bloomsbury colleges of the University of London such as the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and cross-college institutions such as the London International Development Centre (LIDC) and the London Centre for Integrative Research in Agriculture and Health (LCIRAH).

For all queries regarding applications and proposals please contact Bhavani Shankar:

Information for international students

For details, including English language requirements, please see SOAS website

Fees and funding

For details of postgraduate fees, please see SOAS website

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Doctoral School Admissions
+44 (0)20 7074 5117