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Postgraduate Admissions

Course closed:

Development Studies is no longer accepting new applications.

Apply using the Applicant Portal

The Apply Now button on the right will take you to the Applicant Portal. There, you can create and submit your application and supporting documents, and you can also request your references.

An application is only complete when:

  1. you have submitted your application and supporting documents via the Applicant Portal
  2. you have paid the £70 application fee. Further information on application fees see here.
  3. your referees have provided their references.

If you miss the deadlines specified in this section, you will not be able to submit your application.

Completed applications are considered when received, on a rolling basis, by the Applications Committee.  Applicants are required to provide a one-page personal statement with their applications, outlining why they wish to study the MPhil in Development Studies specifically.

The course has a limited amount of spaces and receives an extremely high volume of applications. Please note that due to this volume, individual feedback cannot be given.

Please also be aware that places on the MPhil in Development Studies are limited and that the course may fill up before the published deadline. The Centre welcomes and encourages early applications where possible. This is in your best interests, as places are limited.

Selection Process

We aim to make a decision within 8 working weeks of a completed application being submitted. Applications are considered as they are received (rolling admissions).

Further information on How To Apply


Things You'll Need

In order to apply for this course you'll need to think about getting a few things ready before you apply.

  • Two academic references  
  • Transcript  
  • CV/resume
  • Evidence of competence in English  
    If required - you can check using our tool
  • Statement of interest (2500 characters)

Gates Cambridge Scholarships

If you wish to be considered for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship you will also need to provide the following:

  • Gates Cambridge Reference  
  • Research Proposal (PhD applicants only)

See Gates Cambridge for more information.


How to Find a Supervisor

All MPhil in Development Studies students are allocated an academic supervisor upon arrival; students do not need to find their own academic supervisor.

Students opting to write a dissertation do need to find a dissertation supervisor. However, only successful applicants who have accepted a place on the course need do this, in the summer months leading up the course commencing. Applicants do not need to include dissertation supervisor information on their application form.

Key Information


9 months full-time

Master of Philosophy

This course is advertised in multiple departments. Please see the Overview tab for more details.

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2020
Application deadline
Feb. 7, 2021
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2021

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Graduate Funding Competition
Jan. 7, 2021
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 14, 2020

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2021, Lent 2022 and Easter 2022.


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