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

Fees and funding

Fee Home: GBP15000, EU: GBP15000, Overseas: GBP24549

Qualification and course duration


full time
9 months



One (full) option paper may be replaced by a 12,000 word dissertation on a subject of your choice.


Papers are examined either by assessed essays written and submitted during the course of the year, or by a take home project.


All five core papers have a written examination. The examinations for these core papers are two-hours and for each paper you will be required to answer two questions out of a total of eight. At the discretion of the Examiners there may also be an oral examination.

Other Assessment

Assessment of individual papers

In order to pass in any paper, a candidate must attain a standard equivalent to that for upper second class honours in a Part II Tripos examination, extrapolated as appropriate to reflect a further year of study. That standard shall be recorded as a mark of 60 percent.

Each paper shall be marked independently by two examiners, and they shall submit an agreed mark. Where examiners are unable to agree a mark, they shall inform the Chairman of the Board of Examiners of their separate marks, who, in consultation with the External Examiner, shall determine the mark to be presented to the Examiners' Meeting.

For these purposes a dissertation is a paper.

Assessment for the degree as a whole

A candidate shall be deemed to have satisfied the examiners only if

  1. The candidate has passed in all four papers, or
  2. Where a candidate has failed in one or more papers, he or she has attained an average mark of at least 60 percent.

Course contact details

+44 1223 337733