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International Development Studies, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #251 (WUR) Bochum, Germany
The Institute of Development Research and Development Policy (IEE) from Ruhr University Bochum has been offering an international English-language PhD programme in International Development Studies.
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The International Development Studies programme from the Institute of Development Research and Development Policy (IEE) at Ruhr University Bochum, it is implemented by the Institute of Development Research and Development Policy on behalf of the Faculties of Geography, Law, Social Science, and Economics.


Up to 10 PhD candidates are accepted to the programme annually. The programme builds on three fundamental pillars: It is a structured PhD programme with a strong interdisciplinary and international focus.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    90 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Lecture Cycle “International Development Studies” 
  • Research Methodology and Management
  • Qualitative Methods 
  • Academic Writing
  • Colloquium for PhD Candidates
  • Research Cluster Meetings (with presentation)
  • RUB Research School: Training in Generic Skills

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

Admission to the PhD IDS is based on a competitive selection process. The major criteria are:

  • Quality of research proposal
  • Supporting academic references
  • Relevance and overall grades of previous studies
  • Proficiency in English

Tuition Fee

Please note that the University of Bochum does not charge tuition fees but a registration fee which is currently Euro 303 per semester.

Living costs for Bochum

  • 680 - 930 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Apart from applying for the PhD IDS programme, prospective candidates without sufficient own funds are therefore expected to apply for a scholarship. While your application for the PhD IDS programme is to be submitted to the IEE, you have to apply for a scholarship at the concerned funding organisations. 

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.


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