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Development Studies (IDS) by Published Works PhD

University of Sussex

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  • Qualification

    PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

  • Location

    University of Sussex

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    SEP-22, JAN-23

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

The Institute of Development Studies (IDS) transforms the knowledge, action and leadership needed for more equitable and sustainable development globally, through our world-class research, learning and teaching.

Our PhD by Published Works is designed for researchers with an existing portfolio of published work who haven’t had the chance yet to get a doctorate.

The portfolio of research you submit for this PhD will be of the same quality, rigour, and volume as a typical PhD. The work might take the form of refereed articles, chapters, monographs, and scholarly editions, if they are available or traceable in the public domain (and not self-published). A substantial proportion of these works will be peer-reviewed, and a number will be solely authored by you. All works should ideally have been published not more than ten years before the date of submission. You’ll work with two qualified supervisors to compose an accompanying 10,000-word dissertation, summarising and explaining your work’s contribution to the development field.

We’re proud of our PhD graduates who define and solve some of the world’s most pressing global challenges in their work as:

  • ministers in national governments and civil servants
  • high-level officials in development organisations such as UNDP and the World Bank
  • leaders of civil-society organisations including Mama Cash and Action Aid
  • high-profile academics at universities across the world.

Areas of Study

We welcome submissions from researchers who share our commitment to:

  • upholding climate and environmental justice
  • reducing extreme inequities
  • fostering healthy and fulfilling lives
  • nurturing inclusive, democratic, and accountable societies.

We’re particularly interested in work that shows originality in addressing topics related to the work of our research clusters:

  • business
  • cities
  • digital
  • governance
  • health
  • impact and policy
  • participation
  • power
  • resource politics
  • rural futures.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 18,975per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Sussex

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  • Campus address

    University of Sussex, Sussex House, Brighton, Brighton & Hove, BN1 9RH, England

The city of Brighton & Hove is world famous for its openness and inclusivity. The city is only one hour from London and 30 minutes from Gatwick airport.
With world-leading development courses and highly regarded business programmes, Sussex has a reputation for expertise in sustainability and innovation.
A university with an international reputation, Sussex welcomes students to its friendly community of academics and students of over 150 nationalities.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    24th out of 97 10

    41st out of 80 3

    28th out of 86 10

  • Entry standards

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    139 69%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    60.0 60%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.82 76%


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    / Max 233
    133 60%


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    / Max 100
    80.0 80%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.73 75%


  • Entry standards

    / Max 217
    136 66%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    70.0 70%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.90 78%



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