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MRes/PhD in International Development

Programme Structure - MRes

Programme code: TMRESDV

Department: International Development

For students starting this programme of study in 2019/20

Guidelines for interpreting programme regulations

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

Please note that places are limited on some optional courses. Admission onto any particular course is not guaranteed and can be subject to timetabling constraints and/or students meeting specific prerequisite requirements.

Year 1
Compulsory courses


DV501 Development History, Theory and Policy for Research Students (0.5)


Methodology course choice to the value of one full unit (at the 400 and 500 level). Course choices must be approved by the supervisor and Doctoral Programme Director.


Methodology or Theory course choice to the value of 1.5 units (at the 400 and 500 level). Courses may be chosen from the list of optional courses below or an unlisted course. Course choices must be approved by the supervisor and Doctoral Programme Director.


DV510 Research Design and Proposal in International Development (1.0)


DV500 Research Seminar in Development Studies (0.0)

Optional courses


The following course is a prerequisite for 400 and 500 level EC courses for students planning to make use of advanced quantitative methods in their PhD research:


EC400 Introductory Course in Mathematics and Statistics (0.0) #


The following courses are recommended options under Paper 3 above:


DV513 Environmental Problems and Development Interventions (0.5) #


DV515 Global Environmental Governance (0.5)


DV518 African Development (0.5)


DV520 Complex Emergencies (0.5)


DV528 Managing Humanitarianism (0.5)


DV531 Development Management (1.0)


DV532 China in Developmental Perspective (0.5)


DV533 The Informal Economy and Development (0.5)


DV545 Research Themes in International Development (0.5)


DV560 Bayesian Reasoning for Qualitative Social Science: A modern approach to case study inference (0.5)


DV590 Economic Development Policy I (0.5)


DV591 Economic Development Policy II (0.5)


GV517 Comparative Political Economy: New Approaches and Issues in CPE (0.5) #

# means there may be prerequisites for this course. Please view the course guide for more information.

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.

Programme Structure - PhD

Programme code: RPDV2

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.