Research course

Development Studies

Swansea University · College of Arts and Humanities

Entry requirements

MPhil - You should hold or expect to achieve a minimum of an upper second class honours degree (2:1), or equivalent, in a related subject. PhD - You should hold a minimum of an upper second class honours degree (2:1), or equivalent, and you should hold or expect to achieve a postgraduate Master’s degree in a related subject. English language requirement IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.5 in each component) or Swansea University recognised equivalent.

Months of entry

January, October, July, April

Course content

The Department of Political and Cultural Studies (PCS) boasts a dynamic research environment with a committed staff all of whom are research-active. Academic members of staff have a very considerable range of research interests on which we offer supervision for research degrees.

You will be supervised closely by two experienced academics in your field. Typically, you will meet your supervisors fortnightly in the first term and at regular intervals thereafter. Meetings are logged and goals agreed each time.

All MPhil and PhD students are required to attend skills and training courses at College and University level. You will also be expected to give presentations to other research students and staff at departmental seminars and present at the postgraduate conference of the College of Arts and Humanities which is held in October. From the second year you may have opportunities to teach undergraduate tutorials and seminars, for which you receive training and payment. The College provides financial support for research students to attend conferences outside of Swansea or conduct research away from Swansea. The maximum amount currently awarded is £600.- (over the duration of your course).

Information for international students

Since its foundation in 1920, Swansea University has embraced opportunities to think globally. The vibrant mix of nationalities and cultures on campus greatly enriches our learning and teaching environment. We understand the type of support our international students need to help them settle into student life in a new country.

Fees and funding

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out more about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page:

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months


part time
48 months
full time
24 months

Course contact details

Dr Matthew Wall
+44 (0)1792 602987