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Development Studies is no longer accepting new applications.

(Consultant / Junior Specialist on Industrial Development at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Vienna)

With its interdisciplinary approach, the MPhil gave me a good overview on the different aspects of development studies while at the same time it allowed me to specialize in those areas I was particularly interested in. Personally, I really enjoyed the weekly CDS seminars where guest speakers were invited to talk about different development related topics as well as the critical discussions with the lectures and fellow students both inside and outside the classroom.

Studying in Cambridge is a unique experience and through the affiliation with a college there is a lively exchange between students across different disciplines which I really liked.


Keno Haverkamp (April 2019)

During my time as an MPhil student with the Centre of Development Studies, it did not take long for me to realize that I was part of a uniquely vibrant community comprised of enthusiastic and high-caliber young researchers and world-class scholars. In connecting to the world of ideas in ways that I had not previously experienced in formal education, the MPhil course turned out to be everything I had hoped for and more. The most important thing I learned is the Cambridge way of challenging students through independent thinking, critical reasoning, and original arguments. As I was able to refine my research interests through Cambridge’s unique academic freedom, I wanted to continue to develop my ideas under the guidance of my supervisor, Dr. Siddharth Saxena. My decision to continue my doctoral studies opened previously unimagined doors and helped provide clear goals and direction for the rest of my career. My first year as a PhD student has only reaffirmed how fortunate I am, both personally and professionally, to be a part of a department and wider university that are such remarkable sources and places of learning.

Callie Berman (April 2018)

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9 months full-time

Master of Philosophy

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Dates and deadlines:

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

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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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