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Course summary

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. 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.

Assessment method

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.

Entry requirements

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: a Bachelor or Master's degree transcript from the UK or UKVI recognised Majority English Speaking Country (MESC). or an IELTS certificate demonstrating that you have achieved a minimum of 6.5 in all elements, or an acceptable, demonstrable equivalent to this.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £4596 Year 1
Northern Ireland £4596 Year 1
Scotland £4596 Year 1
Wales £4596 Year 1
EU £15100 Year 1
International £15100 Year 1

Additional fee information

These fees were set for the 2022/23 intake. Therefore, this may change for the 2023/24 academic year. Please follow this link for more information
Development Studies - Research, MPhil/PhD at University of Greenwich - UCAS