Research course

Development Policy and Management

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

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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 at the Global Development Institute (GDI) as part of the Rory and Elizabeth Brooks Doctoral College , a multidisciplinary research community.

The 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 specific elements the College aims to foster are:

  • Creating 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);
  • Encouraging 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;
  • Providing opportunities for postgraduate researchers to gain practical skills and work experience that are beyond the opportunities provided by existing doctoral programmes (e.g. communications training, policy advocacy, public engagement, providing consultancy services to governments and other development agencies, convening and running conferences);
  • Enhancing 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;
  • Facilitating PGR contributions to research within the GDI, the School and the University.

In the Global Development Institute (GDI) we have several research groups working on a range of themes:

  • Digital development;
  • Migration, refugees and asylum;
  • Urban futures;
  • Growth and distribution;
  • Politics, governance and management;
  • Global production networks, trade and labour;
  • Agrarian change and political ecology.

The results of the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) 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 GDI.

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