Postgraduate - research prospectus

Development Studies - Research, MPhil/PhD

Our Natural Resource Institute (NRI) in Medway provides an ideal environment for innovative and original research in development studies.

Research in development studies gives you the opportunity to investigate key global social-scientific areas, such as sustainable development, economic growth and poverty reduction, primarily in developing countries.

The NRI has a rapidly growing programme of research at MPhil and PhD level on interdisciplinary topics relating to development in the South and in Europe. The Livelihoods and Institutions Department works on themes related to natural resources, environment and development, while the Food and Markets Department works on economics-based issues of development.

The institute provides a vibrant research environment in development studies. It hosts students from around the world with backgrounds in research, government and non-governmental organisations. We also encourage students to network with peers from other universities in the UK.

Duration

  • 3-4 years full-time
  • 4-7 years part-time

Start month

September

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What you should know about this course

  • The normal route of entry is to register as an MPhil student and transfer to PhD after demonstrating sufficient progress. If you plan to follow this, you should apply for the MPhil/PhD programme.
  • Recent projects and current specialisms include marketing of agricultural commodities, impact of agricultural technologies, fostering farmers' innovation, rural financial and governance institutions, socio-ecological systems, and adaptation to climate change.

Our specialisms in development studies


Recent projects and current specialisms include marketing of agricultural commodities, impact of agricultural technologies, fostering farmers' innovation, rural financial and governance institutions, socio-ecological systems, and adapting to climate change.

What you will study

The normal route accepted by the University is to register first as MPhil student, and transfer to PhD after demonstrating sufficient progress in your research. To do this you will need to apply for the MPhil/PhD programme. 

Programme duration; 

MPhil is 18-36 months full-time and 30-48 months part-time; 

MPhil/PhD is 36-48 months full-time and 48-84 months part-time.

For further information, guidance on how to apply and an application form, please visit www.greenwich.ac.uk/research/study.

About the course team

PhD supervisors in Development Studies are research-active staff in the Livelihoods and Institutions Department and the Food and Markets Department of the Natural Resources Institute. Their backgrounds are in social anthropology, sociology, development economics, agricultural economics and other related subjects, and all have first-hand experience of intensive research in developing countries. Where appropriate, research students can also receive co-supervision from NRI colleagues in the agricultural, food or environmental sciences.

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Entry requirements

If you are

Applicants should have:

  • A taught Master's degree, with a minimum average of 60% in all areas of assessment (e.g. Merit level or above), in a generic subject area relevant to the subject matter of the proposed research project, and/or
  • A First Class or Second Class, First Division (Upper Second Class) Honours degree in a subject area relevant to the proposed research project.

In addition to the above, applicants whose first language is not English must also meet the English Language requirement, which is:

or

  • an IELTS certificate demonstrating that you have achieved a minimum of 6.5 in all elements, or an acceptable, demonstrable equivalent to this.

For further information and the application form, see applying for a postgraduate research degree.

You can also contact the Faculty by email: fes_research_office@gre.ac.uk.

For more information, contact courseinfo@greenwich.ac.uk or 020 8331 9000.

You can also read our admissions policy.

The University of Greenwich accepts a broad range of international qualifications for admission to our courses.

For detailed information on the academic and English language requirements, please find your country in our directory.

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Further information about entry

Before applying for a research degree, you need a realistic plan of how you will fund your course fees and living expenses throughout the research and writing-up process.

Also, identifying a supervisor and research group that can support your research interests is key to a successful application. Ideally, you will have initiated contact with a potential supervisor before you apply - this speeds up the process.

Available to overseas students?

Yes

Can I use prior learning?

Find out more on our Recognition of Prior Learning pages.

How you will learn

Teaching

This course allows you to follow a structured route into scientific research. Research students are provided with a supervisory team to guide you through your research project. Your supervisors are usually research staff from within the faculty, although we may appoint from another department or from outside the university if suitable.

Class sizes

NRI provides research students with office space and a supportive and stimulating research environment in which to operate.

Independent learning

A research degree is a major piece of original work. Most of your study time will be spent working independently, with support from your supervisory team.

You willl also engage in other research activity, such as participation at seminars, events and conferences, or working towards publications.

Overall workload

Sponsored full-time students must commit to working 40 hours a week; self-funded full-time students to 35 hours a week; and part-time students to 12 hours a week.

Assessment

The MPhil/PhD Programme is assessed by a written thesis and a viva including an external examiner, an internal examiner and a panel chair. For PhD study, students usually register for MPhil and undergo an internal transfer review after one year of research to determine their readiness for full PhD registration.

Feedback summary

You receive regular feedback from your supervisory team, which meets formally every two weeks, but informally much more often. A faculty-level committee reviews your progress annually and helps to shape the direction of the project.

The oral examination (or viva) takes place a few weeks after the submission of the thesis and is assessed by an external researcher knowledgeable in the field of study.

Dates and timetables

Enrolment on the PhD/MPhil programme can take place at any time during the academic year.

Fees and funding

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

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Accommodation costs

Whether you choose to live in halls of residence or rent privately, we can help you find what you're looking for. We have dedicated accommodation for postgraduate students (Devonport House) available from just £160 per person per week, with bills included. If you require more space or facilities, these options are available at a slightly higher cost. Students based at the Medway Campus can also reside in student halls in Chatham or rent privately in the local area.

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There is a range of financial support available to support your studies. This includes postgraduate loans, international scholarships, and options for current students and alumni to continue studying at the university.

We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

Financial support

Careers and placements

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

Graduates from the MPhil and PhD programmes can pursue a wide range of career opportunities in industry, government and academia.

Do you provide employability services?

We have a team dedicated to enhancing student employment outcomes. Our Employer Partnerships Manager develops relationships with companies to provide employment opportunities.

Support and advice

Academic skills and study support

Your supervisory team is formed of at least two academic staff. They bring their academic expertise to the project and support you through the research project, literature review, identification of methodologies, fieldwork and writing-up. We have extensive experience of engaging with students who are carrying out fieldwork or spending prolonged periods in their home countries.

PhD students also complete a programme of tailored training, coaching and mentoring delivered by the university's Research and Enterprise Training Institute (RETI).

Support from the department

Research students in Development Studies are encouraged to take part in the activities of the student-run NRI Postgraduate Society, alongside your counterparts in the agricultural, food and environmental sciences.

Informal seminars allow Development Studies students to present research plans, findings and problems. We also encourage you to deliver your findings at external conferences and networking events, including events run by the Development Studies association.

NRI support staff are available to assist with research-related travel and practical issues around coming to the UK.

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