Research course

International Development

University of Edinburgh · School of Social and Political Science

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree (or its equivalent). If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English. IELTS minimum score IELTS: total 7.0 (at least 6.0 in each module) Other accepted tests and scores TOEFL-iBT: total 100 (at least 20 in each module) PTE(A): total 67 (at least 56 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections) CPE: Grade B; CAE: Grade A

Months of entry


Course content

The University of Edinburgh is host to a thriving and cosmopolitan community of researchers working on global development challenges. Edinburgh is home to internationally renowned academics working at the intersection of international development policy and health, science/technology, religion, migration, energy, urbanisation, mining and human rights, as well as regional centres of expertise in Africa and South Asia.


Postgraduates in International Development will receive regular one-to-one thesis supervision from two supervisors with expertise in their research areas. Doctoral students will enjoy special opportunities to meet development policy makers, practitioners, diplomats, and internationally recognised academics visiting the Global Development Academy. In addition, they will be invited to join research workshops hosted by the Global Development Academy and regular open research seminars held by subject areas across the School of Social and Political Science.

Focused supervision in International Development is drawn from faculty associated to the Centre of African Studies, Sociology, Social Anthropology, Social Policy, Politics and History, all of which were ranked among the UK’s top six subject groups by the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise. In addition faculty from across the University provide expertise and training for our research students.

Application Information

We welcome applications and enquiries from prospective students with a keen interest in questions and issues in contemporary development. We also welcome students who are keen to develop doctoral research projects in collaboration with third parties (NGOs, multilateral/bilateral agencies, campaign groups, or media organisations). Postgraduate students in International Development at Edinburgh become part of a vibrant, interdisciplinary research community, and members of the Global Development Academy which co-ordinates research and teaching on international development across the university.

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months

Course contact details

Programme Director
+44 (0)131 651 5122