University of Sussex

University of Sussex

Development Studies (IDS)

Institute of Development studies (IDS) runs a PhD for research in areas aligned to our research clusters and Fellows. Prospective applicants, and those applying for the MSc in Social Research Methods with a view to subsequently enrolling for a doctorate, are strongly advised to familiarise themselves with the research priorities of our research teams and fellows, and to enter into dialogue with them, prior to application. Research degrees normally require fieldwork, usually in the second year of your programme of study. 
 Recent thesis titles: Looking at risk with both eyes: health and safety in the Cerro Rico of Potosi (Bolivia); the power of perceptions: elites, opinion polling and the quality of elections in sub-Saharan Africa; the party-state, business and a half kilo of milk: a study of the dynamics of regulation in China's dairy industry; negotiating an uncertain future: a multi-sited study of narratives of Kenyan agricultural climate change adaptation Community policing through local collective action in Tanzania: Sungusungu to Ulinzi Shirikishi; understanding the drivers of change in sexual and reproductive health policy and legislation in Kenya; citizen voice and bureaucratic responsiveness: FM radio phone-ins and the delivery of municipal and local government services in Accra, Ghana; rights on the edge: the right to water and the peri-urban drinking water committees of Cochabamba.

Course modules

Assessment methods


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

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