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International Development Studies, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #251 (WUR) ,
Since winter 2007, the Institute of Development Research and Development Policy has been offering an international English-language PhD programme in International Development Studies.

About

  • 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.
  • The duration of each programme cycle is three years including a field research period of up to six months. Participants can choose from a variety of tailor-made teaching modules while at the same time working on their own research projects. A supervisor is assigned to each research project. All supervisors of the PhD candidates hold professorial posts in the faculties involved. PhD candidates are offered the opportunity to present and discuss their individual research projects on a regular basis inside the meetings of the IEE's three Research Clusters in which all PhD candidates as well as supervisors and other IEE staff members take part.
  • Candidates with an above-average advanced degree in Law, Social or Political Science, Economics, Development Management or related subjects from all over the world who wish to attain a further academic qualification through a research project related to "International Development Studies" and would like to be member of an international and interdisciplinary research group are invited to apply for a place in our PhD programme.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • The PhD in International Development Studies is a combination of working on individual PhD research projects as well as participating in selected teaching modules.
  • Teaching modules deal with developmental issues from a multidisciplinary perspective. These seminars are complemented by courses on research methods and statistical analysis. Regular presentation and discussion of individual research projects take place in three different Research Cluster Meetings which are regularly scheduled.
  • A field research phase in the fourth semester forms an integral part of the PhD programme. Courses on "Generic Skills" include seminars on Scientific Writing, Scientific Presentation and Professional (Scientific) Communication.
  • They aim at the training of key competences and are offered in cooperation with the Ruhr-University Bochum Research School.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    110

    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. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:

    7

    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.

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Academic Requirements

Candidates with an above-average advanced degree in Law, Social or Political Science, Economics, Development Management or related subjects from all over the world who wish to attain a further academic qualification through a research project related to "International Development Studies"

  • Qualified university degree (Master or an equivalent to the German Diploma or Staatsexamen) with an overall grade equivalent to 2.7 (fully satisfactory) in the German grading system
  • Qualified degree with an overall grade equivalent to 1.3 (still very good) in the German grading system after completion of relevant studies with a duration of at least three years

Tuition Fee

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.

Funding

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. 

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