Research course

Development Policy and Management

The University of Manchester · School of Environment, Education and Development

Entry requirements

A First or Upper Second Class Bachelor's degree (or its international equivalent).

A relevant master's degree, with Merit and a minimum average grade of 60% in both the taught course units and your dissertation (or international equivalent of 60%).

Months of entry


Course content

As a PhD researcher in Development Policy and Management you will pursue research as part of a multidisciplinary research community in the Rory and Elizabeth Brooks Doctoral College, a part of the Global Development Institute (GDI) .

The Rory and Elizabeth Brooks Doctoral College is a world-class community of doctoral researchers contributing to socially just global development through the research of its members and their progression into leadership roles in public, private and civic institutions. The College aims to:

  • create an identity for groups of postgraduate researchers so that they feel part of a cohesive sub-community in a larger and stimulating academic community (the GDI);
  • encourage all postgraduate researchers to think about the relevance of their research for policymakers, practitioners and public understanding, and to pursue opportunities to share their findings;
  • provide opportunities for postgraduate researchers to gain practical skills and work experience that are beyond the opportunities provided by existing doctoral programmes (eg, communications training, policy advocacy, public engagement, providing consultancy services to governments and other development agencies, convening and running conferences);
  • enhance engagement between postgraduate researchers and academic staff in the GDI to encourage innovation and collaboration in research and teaching. This, in addition, will enable PGRs to contribute support to the learning experienced by GDI's 450-plus intake of master's students;
  • facilitate PGR contributions to research within the GDI, the School and the University.

In the Global Development Institute (GDI) we are organised into seven research groups working on a range of themes. The seven research groups are:

  • Digital development;
  • Migration, refugees and asylum;
  • Global urban futures;
  • Growth and distribution;
  • Politics, governance and management;
  • Global production networks, trade and labour;
  • Resources, environment and development.

PhD researchers make an essential contribution to the vibrant research environment that is the GDI and when you join us you can expect to be integrated into one or more of these research groups where your research will be nurtured and supported during the duration of your stay here.

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

Course contact details

School of Environment, Education and Development
+44(0)161 275 0807