Research course

Development Studies (IDS) by Published Works

University of Sussex · Institute of Development Studies - IDS

Entry requirements

You’re normally expected to have a Merit (an average of 60% overall) in a Master’s degree.

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences subject. In exceptional circumstances, you may be considered for the degree if you have a qualification in a different subject area. You must also show evidence of substantial professional work experience and a body of published work in development-related work.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

1st in the world for Development Studies (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019) – the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) transforms the knowledge, action and leadership needed for more equitable and sustainable development globally, through our world-class research, learning and teaching.

Our PhD by Published Works is designed for researchers with an existing portfolio of published work who haven’t had the chance yet to get a doctorate.

The portfolio of research you submit for this PhD will be of the same standard as a typical PhD, which means the work makes a significant contribution to knowledge in a particular field. The work can take the form of refereed articles, chapters, monographs and scholarly editions, as long as they are available or traceable in the public domain. You’ll work with a qualified supervisor to compose an accompanying 10,000-word essay, summarising and explaining your work’s contribution to the field.

We’re proud of our PhD graduates who define and solve some of the world’s most pressing global challenges in their work as:

  • ministers in national governments and civil servants
  • high-level officials in development organisations such as UNDP and the World Bank
  • leaders of civil-society organisations including Mama Cash and Action Aid
  • high-profile academics at universities across the world.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    up to 24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    up to 12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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