Research course

Development Policy and Management

The University of Manchester · School of Environment, Education 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

Candidates pursuing research degrees at GDI are part of the Rory and Elizabeth Brooks Doctoral College , a multidisciplinary research community. The Brooks Doctoral College aspires to be a 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. In particular, we aim to :
  • Create an identity and sense of community among doctoral researchers as part of the GDI research environment
  • Encourage all PhDs to think about the relevance of their research for policy-makers, practitioners and public understanding and pursue opportunities to share their findings
  • Provide opportunities for doctoral researchers to gain practical skills and work experience that are beyond the opportunities provided by existing doctoral programmes (e.g. organising conferences and master classes)
  • Enhance engagement between doctoral researchers and academic staff in GDI to encourage innovation and collaboration in research and teaching (especially involving our 450+ strong cohorts of Master's students).

The results of the most recent (2014) Research Excellence Framework ranked GDI first for impact in Development Studies in the UK, with many of our researchers deemed to be 'world leading'.

PhD researchers make an essential contribution to the vibrant research environment that is the Global Development Institute. Information about current GDI research, academic staff and PhD opportunities may be found at:

Our research addresses four key themes:

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. Our research themes are operationalised through the activities of multidisciplinary clusters of staff and postgraduate researchers. More information is available on the following:

Information for international students

Candidates whose first language is not English require one of the following certificates:

  • IELTS test minimum scores - 7 overall, 7 writing, 6 other sections
  • TOEFL (internet based) minimum scores - 100 overall, 25 writing, 22 other sections
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) minimum scores - 66 overall, 66 writing, 59 other sections
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) overall score of 185 or above, with writing 185 and no other sub-section below 169 -OR- Grade C if taken before 2015
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) overall score of 185 or above, with writing 185 and no other sub-section below 169 -OR- Grade B if taken before 2015

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Sources of funding include:

UK Research Councils:

Includes 1+3 and +3 studentships. Residency eligibility criteria apply. CASE studentships are normally advertised in January / February on our website and at

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

Internal awards are advertised on our funding page from November.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months

Course contact details

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