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(Social Protection Consultant at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations)
The MPhil in Development Studies allowed me to understand in depth the debates surrounding rural development, including the different pathways to economic growth and their impacts on inclusivity, poverty reduction and inequality. Similarly, it gave me the tools to conduct institutional analysis that enable me today to technically support key partners in the implementation of suitable sustainable development policies and programs. Overall, the MPhil gave me the tools to think critically and innovatively about how to solve some of the challenges that rural areas face.

Daniella Salazar Herrera (April 2020)

(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)

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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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