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Postgraduate Admissions

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 £75 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 by the Admissions Committee on a rolling basis. The committee aims to consider all applications within 12 weeks.  Applicants are required to provide a Statement of Interest with their applications, outlining why they wish to study the MPhil in Development Studies specifically.

It is the responsibility of applicants to ensure that all documents forming part of their application are correct and complete at the point of submission of the application. The department will not permit changes or additions to these documents after application. Additionally, the Admissions Committee will not review any documents which are not listed on the PAO website as required for the MPhil or PhD in Development Studies.

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, in which case applications will close before the published deadline. The Centre welcomes and encourages early applications where possible. This is in applicants' best interests, due to the limited number of places available.

Selection Process

We aim to make a decision within 12 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)
    Your statement of interest should explain why you wish to do the course and how it fits into your long-term career plans. You should not be concerned about any overlap between this statement and the rest of the application form. The 2500 characters limit includes spaces.

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 nominate/suggest a dissertation supervisor. However, only successful applicants who have accepted a place on the course need do so, in the summer months leading up the course commencing. Applicants do not need to include dissertation supervisor information on their application form.

For more information on dissertations, please see our website.

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Key Information


9 months full-time

Master of Philosophy

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

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Dates and deadlines:

Michaelmas 2022

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2021
Application deadline
Jan. 6, 2022
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2022

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

Graduate Funding Competition
Dec. 2, 2021
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 13, 2021

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2022, Lent 2023 and Easter 2023.


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