MRes/PhD in International Development

Programme codes: TMRESDV (MRes)
                                    RPDV2 (PhD)

Department: International Development

Guidelines for interpreting programme regulations
Classification scheme for the award of a taught master's degree (four units)
Exam sub-board local rules

Year 1
Compulsory courses

1. DV501 Development History, Theory and Policy for Research Students (H)
2. Methodology course choice 1 to the value of one full unit (at the 400 and 500 level) (F)*
3. Methodology or Theory course choice 2 to the value of one full unit (at the 400 and 500 level) (F)*
4. Methodology or Theory course choice 3 to the value of one half unit (at the 400 or 500 level) (H)*
5. DV510 Research Design and Proposal in International Development (F)
6. DV500 Research Seminar in Development Studies (non-examined)

* Course choices must be approved by the supervisor and Doctoral Programme Director.

Optional Courses
7. EC400 Introductory Course in Mathematics and Statistics (September introductory course as a pre-requisite for 400 and 500 level EC courses for students planning to make use of advanced quantitative methods in their PhD research).

Award of the MRes in International Development
The award and classification of the MRes degree is consistent with the School's Scheme for the Award of a four-unit Taught Master's Degree.

Upgrade to PhD
Upgrade to PhD is dependent upon:

1. Pass of the MRes with an average of 65 in the coursework (except as noted above).
2. Pass of the Research Proposal with a mark equal or greater than 65.

The Research Proposal Committee will offer constructive advice and make one of four decisions:

  • Unconditional approval
  • Conditional approval
  • Revise and resubmit
  • Fail

Students who are required to Revise and Resubmit are usually expected the resubmit the proposal within three months. These students will progress to a temporary MPhil status, with the approval of the Chair of the Research Degrees Subcommittee, while they are revising their research proposal. Students who are successful will be upgraded to PhD.

The progress of each student will be reviewed at the end of each subsequent year.

Note for prospective students:
For changes to graduate course and programme information for the next academic session, please see the graduate summary page for prospective students. Changes to course and programme information for future academic sessions can be found on the graduate summary page for future students.