Research course

Development Policy and Management

The University of Manchester · School of Environment and Development

Entry requirements

First or upper second class honours Bachelor degree (or international equivalent) and A relevant postgraduate qualification, generally a Master degree, with Merit and a minimum average grade of 60% in the taught modules and a minimum grade of 60% in the dissertation (or international equivalent)

Months of entry

January, September, April

Course content

Our research has been consistently rated at the highest level and we have regularly produced world class and cutting edge research that have made significant impact to individuals, institutions and societies around the world. Our activities include research into major areas of development policy and practice including poverty alleviation, development finance, human resource management and capacity building, information systems, public sector reform, institutional and organizational change and development, economic and social development, impact assessment and sustainable development, resource management, sustainable livelihoods, and the environment. The combined field experience of our staff covers over 60 countries in Asia, Africa, Central and South America and the Pacific. Much of this experience has been gained from working with national and international agencies where the focus has been on finding workable solutions to development problems and strengthening institutional capacities.

Candidates pursuing research degrees at IDPM are part of a large and expanding research community that has access to a wide range of specialists, superb library and computer facilities and a thriving series of seminars presented by staff, visiting speakers and research students. Research is driven by the academic and policy-oriented activities of individual researchers and by the activities of multidisciplinary clusters of staff and research students with interests in specific fields. These clusters provide a flexible and evolving structure for research, and over time they have shifted their focus in response to new priorities and interests. The current clusters are: Development Economics and Public Policy; Information Systems for Development; Management, Governance and International Development; and Poverty, Social Development and Livelihoods.

Information for international students

IELTS minimum 7 overall, 7 writing, 6 other sections TOEFL minimum scores 100 overall, 25 writing, 22 other Pearson Test of English 66 overall, 66 writing, 59 other Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English C Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English B

Fees and funding

Sources of funding include:

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) North West Doctoral Training Centre (NWDTC)

In addition, funding is sometimes possible from one of the following:

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months

Course contact details

Recruitment and Admissions Office: School of Environment and Development (SED)
+44(0)161 275 0807