Research course

International Development

University of Birmingham · International Development Department

Entry requirements

All applicants require excellent Honours degree in a relevant field with appropiate work experience. In addition applicants for the MPhil degree should provide evidence of their research ability. Applicants for the 3-year and 4-year PhD degree should have excellent postgraduate degrees and evidence of research ability.

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

International Development Department (IDD) research students explore a wide variety of topics in international development and public management. We offer two types of research degree: MPhil and PhD. These research programmes offer the opportunity to pursue original research under the guidance of an academic supervisor within an active research environment. In addition, training in research methods is provided and a training plan is drawn up to suit each student.
Research areas
These include:
  • Conflict and post conflict reconstruction
  • Natural resource governance, management and livelihoods
  • Anti-corruption and good governance
  • Urban poverty and management
  • Religion and development
  • Participatory approaches
  • Public sector management
  • Decentralisation
Learn more about the research interests of our staff and how to contact them.

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Department specialisms

Governance and Public Management; State Failure, Reconstruction and Political Identity; Aid Effectiveness; Public Finance; Decentralisation and Local Governance; Poverty Reduction; Social and Economic Development.

Information for international students

IDD welcomes students from over 30 countries every year. English language requirements of min. IELTS score 6.0 or TOEFL 550 or 213 (computer-based test).

Fees and funding

UK students
£4,121 FT
International students
£13,680 FT

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Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months


full time
36 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate enquiry service
0121 414 5005