Ph.D. On Campus

International Development Studies

Saint Mary's University

36 months
14607 CAD/year
7879 CAD/year
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The Doctor of Philosophy in International Development Studie s, Canada’s first dedicated interdisciplinary doctoral degree program in international development studies, accepts students with a masters degree from disciplinary backgrounds related to IDS. The program is delivered by Saint Mary's University.


The Benefits of Doing a PhD in International Development Studies at Saint Mary’s University

  • The interdisciplinary International Development Studies PhD-IDS at Saint Mary's University is the first of its kind in Canada, and sets the standard for a completely research-based interdisciplinary doctoral degree.
  • The program boasts a small but very active core faculty engaged in real-world research on complex development problems, who publish widely and enjoy working with students. There is an extensive complement of adjunct faculty who work closely with the program on research collaboration and teaching.
  • The program’s modest size permits greater individual student attention and supervision.
  • We have linkages with international partners who visit as participants in a renowned Speakers Series, and many of whom are available as supervisors.
  • Students will be studying in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on the Atlantic seaboard of Eastern Canada, one of the most beautiful ports in the world.

Programme Structure

  • The general focus of all PhD in IDS dissertation research must be in the area of the political economy of development, with sub-specialization in gender, environment, trade, labour, education, or another sub-area.
  • There are two seminars—one on theory, one on methods—in the first year, at the end of which the student must publicly defend a comprehensive thesis proposal before being allowed to continue into the second, dissertation research year. The minimum time to completion is three years. Substantial financial support is available to entering students.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Master’s degree with first class standing
  • Graduate coursework in the area of IDS
  • Professional experience may be considered as a substitute for a portion of graduate coursework

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    14607 CAD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 14607 CAD per year during 36 months.
  • National

    7879 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7879 CAD per year during 36 months.

Living costs for Halifax

1235 - 1956 CAD /month
Living costs

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