The Development Planning MPhil/PhD programme offered by University College London (UCL), consists of a piece of supervised research, normally undertaken over a period of three years full-time.
Assessment is by means of a thesis, which should demonstrate your capacity to pursue original research based upon a good understanding of the research techniques and concepts appropriate to the discipline.
Initially, you will be registered for the MPhil degree. If you wish to proceed to a PhD, you will be required to pass an 'Upgrade' assessment.
The purpose of the upgrade is to assess your progress and ability to complete your PhD programme to a good standard and in a reasonable time frame. It is expected that a full-time student will attempt upgrade within 18 months of registration.
Recent PhD graduates have gone on to work in a range of positions, mostly based in the Global South. These include lectureships in leading universities, postdoctoral research projects, international development institutions (e.g. Inter-American Development Bank, Asian Development Bank), government ministries and international non-governmental organisations. Others work in private consultancy firms.
Our programmes are practically orientated, providing students with the academic skills they will require after graduating but also with a wide range of real-world skills, e.g. report writing and public speaking.
Programme StructureResearch areas:
- Urban transformations
- Environmental justice, urbanisation and resilience
- Diversity, social complexity and planned intervention
- State and market governance and policy in development
- 36 months
- 60 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- StartingApply anytime.
DisciplinesInternational Development Sustainable Development Environmental Economics & Policy View 13 other PhDs in Sustainable Development in United Kingdom
- A minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, in a relevant subject, is essential.
- Exceptionally: where applicants have other suitable research or professional experience, they may be admitted without a Master's degree; or where applicants have a lower second-class UK Honours Bachelor's degree (2:2) (or equivalent) they must possess a relevant Master's degree to be admitted.
- We expect any successful application to include a sufficiently strong and convincing proposal, and those holding a Master's degree are typically well prepared to provide one. Relevant work experience is highly desirable.
- A brief (2 – 3 pages) research proposal, outlining the work that you would like to accomplish with the DPU.
International23350 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 23350 GBP per year during 36 months.
National9490 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 9490 GBP per year during 36 months.
Part-time tuition fee:
- UK: £4,685/year
- Overseas: £11,860/year
Living costs for London
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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