Taught course

Development Studies

University of Cambridge · Centre of Development Studies

Entry requirements

Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK High II.i Honours Degree or its international equivalent. Applications are considered as they are received, on a rolling basis (as they are received).

Months of entry


Course content

The course is structured around five core papers and a number of option papers, so that study pathways suited to a range of differing interests and needs can be explored. Each of the core papers (Development Economics; Institutions and Development; Sociology and Politics of Development; Globalisation, Business and Development: Cities and Development ) is taught by a member of Development Studies' academic staff. Some option papers are full papers and some are half papers. Students take four full papers (or their equivalent in half papers) concurrently. At least two papers must be core papers. One (full) option paper may be replaced by a 12,000 word dissertation. A number of option papers are shared with other MPhil Courses (Economic and Social History; Planning, Growth and Regeneration, Management, and Politics.Core papersPaper 1Development economicsPaper 2Institutions and developmentPaper 3Sociology and politics of developmentPaper 4Globalisation, business and developmentPaper 5Cities and DevelopmentFull option papersPaper 13Financial organisation and economic growthPaper 14Philosophical issues in economic development: ethics, capabilities and rationalityPaper 30Justice and developmentPaper 34Comparative development of India and ChinaPaper 31Trans-national criminal justicePaper 41The contemporary politics of AfricaPaper 50Economic issues of Contemporary Latin AmericaHalf option papersPaper 400Development of Central Asia and CaucusesPaper 500Development of Southeast AsiaPaper 700Latin America: human development challengesPaper 800Anthropology in Development

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Qualification and course duration


full time
9 months

Course contact details

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