Ph.D. On Campus

International Development Studies

Ruhr University Bochum

36 months
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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.


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.

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

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


90 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

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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