University of Sussex

University of Sussex

Development Studies (Global Studies)

We welcome enquiries from students wishing to undertake research in any areas of faculty interest. Research students are required to complete a programme of research methods training. This may involve enrolling on the MSc in Social Research Methods - a stand-alone Masters degree - before proceeding to a PhD. This is known as a 1+3 degree. Students who have already completed research methods training can apply for the 3-year doctoral degree leading to a PhD. Whether you start the 3-year PhD or the 1+3 MSc/PhD course, you are normally required to complete some research methods training modules and possibly some specialist thematic modules drawn from the MA degrees. You are allocated 2 academic supervisors with whom you work for the duration of your research course. These are allocated according to their regional and thematic expertise, to provide a complementary 'match' with your research. Research degrees usually involve fieldwork away from Sussex during the second year of your PhD. Supervision continues during fieldwork, while you gather data to be written up in the final year. Students on the 1+3 course can normally go to the field by the middle of their 2nd year.

Entry requirements

A 1st- or upper 2nd-Class undergraduate Honours degree in any relevant social science but applicants from other backgrounds may be considered. MPhil applicants must submit a short outline proposal of two to three pages in order to be considered. PhD - A Master's degree in any relevant social science. In exceptional circumstances, candidates with other backgrounds may be considered. Applicants must submit an outline research proposal of 2 to 3 pages indicating the nature, ambitions and primary questions of the project. Applicants for the PhD in Development Studies (IDS) must have substantial professional work experience in a developing country or in development- related work.

Course modules

Recent thesis titles include: Aboriginal property rights and biodiversity within the globalised political economy; building capacity for community economic development: the case of Kat River Valley, South Africa; community development among the Khasis in Meghalaya, India; conservation, development and participation: the rhetoric of medicinal plant policy in Nepal; emancipation and overcoming metaphysics in post-development thought; enterprise development and informality: case studies from Mozambique; environmental degradation and sustainable livelihoods following the return of Mozambican refugees from Dedza and Ntcheu Districts, Malawi; legitimacy of local institutions for natural resource management in Manica, Mozambique; poverty, livelihoods, social capital and migration: a case of two villages in northwest Cambodia; small farmers and the political economy of pesticide use in banana production in St Lucia.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PhD Full-time October 2016 GBP 14,450 per Year 1 (International) 3 years
PhD Full-time October 2016 GBP 4,052 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 3 years
PhD Full-time October 2016 GBP 4,052 per Year 1 (Scotland) 3 years
PhD Full-time October 2016 GBP 4,052 per Year 1 (Wales) 3 years
PhD Full-time October 2016 GBP 3,900 per Year 1 (EU) 3 years
PhD Full-time October 2016 GBP 4,052 per Year 1 (England) 3 years
PhD Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,900 per Year 1 (EU) 4 years
PhD Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,900 per Year 1 (England) 4 years
PhD Part-time October 2016 GBP 13,000 per Year 1 (International) 4 years
PhD Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,900 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 4 years
PhD Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,900 per Year 1 (Scotland) 4 years
PhD Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,900 per Year 1 (Wales) 4 years
MPhil Full-time October 2016 GBP 4,052 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
MPhil Full-time October 2016 GBP 3,900 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
MPhil Full-time October 2016 GBP 4,052 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MPhil Full-time October 2016 GBP 14,450 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
MPhil Full-time October 2016 GBP 4,052 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MPhil Full-time October 2016 GBP 4,052 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MPhil Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,900 per Year 1 (EU) 3 years
MPhil Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,900 per Year 1 (England) 3 years
MPhil Part-time October 2016 GBP 13,000 per Year 1 (International) 3 years
MPhil Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,900 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 3 years
MPhil Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,900 per Year 1 (Scotland) 3 years
MPhil Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,900 per Year 1 (Wales) 3 years

Campus details

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Sussex House Brighton BN1 9RH South East

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