Research course

International Development (Integrated Study)

University of Birmingham · International Development Department
Integrated PhD

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Entry requirements

You should posses either an excellent undergraduate degree with evidence of research ability; or undergraduate and postgraduate degrees which are not necessarily in fields directly related to the intended area of research. Besides formal qualifications, a key factor determining whether the Department decides to accept a candidate is the quality of his or her research proposal and its relevance to our own interests. Successful completion of a research thesis demands a high level of self-discipline, motivation and commitment to the subject of research. Great importance is placed on work experience, when relevant.

Months of entry


Course content

While the traditional PhD requires you to engage entirely in research training, this programme enables you to gain added value from taught, subject-based modules. These allow you to broaden and deepen your subject knowledge at the same time as undertaking your own research and developing a set of transferable professional skills in preparation for a variety of careers.

The taught modules allow students to broaden, as well as deepen, their subject knowledge at the same time as undertaking their own research and developing a set of transferable professional skills in preparation for careers as professional educators and researchers, and for senior positions in public and private sector organisations.

Programme content

The programme consists of taught modules and a thesis. Taught modules include core skills and subject specific modules, and the thesis is 80,000 words.

Research activity will begin in year one and will continue alongside taught modules in years two and possibly three. In year four, students will focus entirely on their research, culminating in the production of the thesis. Students will be expected to take assessed modules in basic and specialist research methods.

Information for international students

IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any band.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • Integrated PhD
    full time
    48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

+44 (0) 121 414 3497