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Development Studies with Reference to Emerging Economies, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #31 (QS) London, United Kingdom
The International Development Institute focuses on 'emerging economies,' both to explore the sources of their success as well as understand the major development challenges they continue to face.
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The fast growing and changing societies in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East raise new questions about national development and promoting sustainable and equitable growth. In turn, they offer vital lessons for each other, for poorer economies, and even for the developed West.

The Institute has three research themes:

  • The comparative investigation of emerging economies;
  • How emerging economies promote equitable development; 
  • How lessons from emerging economies can be drawn on by poorer regions and nations.

As a new institute, King’s International Development Institute has not yet begun its work, but the key research clusters the Institute seeks to support divide between the two key poles of inclusive development, ie the policies, politics and economics of ensuring that the broad population share in the benefits of growth and wealth; and national development, ie the policies, politics and economics of promoting and sustaining economic growth. Both clusters of research contribute to an understanding of the larger, unifying question of how economies/societies move from lower-value added, less durable and less inclusive modes of economic and political organization to higher value-added, durable, and broadly inclusive modes.


Officially accredited/recognized by the Privy Council, King's College London (KCL) is a large (enrollment range: 25,000-29,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. King's College London (KCL) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
    • Duration description

      Full time 3-4 years Part time 6-7 years

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Course study environment
  • The Institute is located on the Stand Campus right in the heart of London, next door to Somerset House and the Courtauld Institute of Art. The Maughn Library is situated a short walk away close to the Royal Courts of Justice, while both the British Library and Senate House Library are a short walk away. The diverse cultural venues of London make the city a resource centre for Development Studies which is unparalleled in Europe.
Postgraduate training
  • The offer a research seminar series and students can attend MA lectures, subject to the agreement of the relevant teacher. Students can also participate in the induction and training programmes offered by the College.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • A Master's degree is usually required.
  • In exceptional circumstances only, a Bachelor's degree with 1st class or high 2:1 honours.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    19850 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19850 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    5300 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5300 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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