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PhD International Development by Distance Learning

University of Birmingham

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  • Qualification

    PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

  • Location

    Run at the client site in the region of United Kingdom

  • Study mode

    Distance / Online

  • Start date

    27-SEP-21

  • Duration

    36 months

Course summary

International Development Department (IDD) research students by distance learning explore a wide variety of topics in international development and public manag

We offer two types of research degree: MPhil and PhD. These research programmes offer the opportunity to pursue original research under the guidance of an academic supervisor in a more convenient manner for those unable to live and work on campus on a regular basis.

The only attendance requirements are that the student visits the university for two weeks each year for an organized programme of research training and/or supervision and is also present on campus for their final viva examination. Travel and accommodation costs for these events must be borne by the student.

Distance learning does present challenges and applicants need to have a high capacity to work independently and in a disciplined fashion to pursue their research goals. However, the supervisory team are there to assist you and will draw up a training plan for each student to ensure you have the skills and knowledge to complete your thesis.

The Department is situated within the School of Government and Society which brings together academic staff, research fellows and doctoral researchers across the Social Sciences. The School is one of the leading UK and international centres for Politics, International Relations, International Development, Sociology and European Studies.

What type of career assistance is available to doctoral researchers in this department?

The College of Social Sciences, to which the International Development Department belongs, has specially designated careers advisors and careers consultants who can provide guidance for doctoral researchers on career paths, CVs, training opportunities, application and interviews. The University’s central Careers’ Service also runs workshops and offers personally tailored advice and guidance including 1-1 careers advice, 1-1 CV advice. The Career’s Service also runs CV writing workshops especially for postgraduates in the College of Social Sciences, giving advice on how to compile CVs for both employment and for academic roles.

Tuition fees

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£ 18,450per 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 Birmingham

  • University League Table

    13th

  • Campus address

    University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, Birmingham, B15 2TT, England

A member of the Russell Group, Birmingham is a research-intensive institution. Its world-leading academics have included 11 Nobel Prize winners.
A diverse and global community, with over 8,500 international students from approximately 150 countries.
In the glorious heart of England, Birmingham is a diverse, modern and exciting city with a long cultural and intellectual heritage.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    23rd out of 78 2

    10th out of 81 3

    25th out of 85 7

    17th out of 102 4

  • Entry standards

    / Max 233
    155 70%

    22nd

    2
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    84 84%

    26th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.90 78%

    58th

    8
  • Entry standards

    / Max 201
    147 74%

    15th

    1
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    82 82%

    23rd

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.22 84%

    17th

    57
  • Entry standards

    / Max 217
    150 69%

    22nd

    2
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    82 82%

    11th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.84 77%

    68th

    34
  • Entry standards

    / Max 212
    139 70%

    26th

    5
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    72 72%

    12th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.99 80%

    57th

    37

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