Research course

International Development

University of East Anglia · School of International Development

Entry requirements

For entry on to the MPhil or PhD programmes, we would normally expect an applicant to hold a 2:1 honours degree, or equivalent, and a good Masters degree, or equivalent, in a relevant subject.

Please note that applicants applying for the Faculty of Social Science PhD studentships require a master degree result of at least 65% (or equivalent) overall and at least a 65% result for a dissertation or extended research element as part of that master course.

Months of entry


Course content

The results of the Research Excellence Framework (REF2014) rank the School of International Development fourth in the country for overall research (Times Higher Education), with 74% of our research ranked world-leading or internationally excellent.

We hold research funding from UK and international research councils, government departments, charities and NGOs, and multi and bilateral donors.

As a postgraduate student, you will become an integral feature of the School’s teaching and research culture. Join our cohort of PhD students from 50 countries and all six continents, and immerse yourself in the culture that gives us our international reputation.

Research in the School addresses contemporary challenges in developing economies via disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches. Research is organised into three main areas each comprising of research themes, which are all underpinned by research funding, research students and active research collaboration both within and outside the School.


– Climate Change

– Global Environmental Justice

– Water Security.


– Behavioural and Experimental Economics

– Impact Evaluation

– Globalisation and Corporate Social Responsibility

– The State, Governance and Conflict.


– Gender

– Education

– Health and Disease

– Life Course, Migration and Wellbeing.

Information for international students

English entry requirements are: IELTS 7.0 (minimum 6.5 in all components) or equivalent qualification.

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months


full time
24 months
part time
48 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Research Service
+44 (0) 1603 591 709