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In terms of distinguishing features of our programme, two outstanding aspects come to mind: (1) the intellectual freedom afforded to PhD candidates at the Centre, and (2) the wealth of resources available across the wider University. For those with a clear aim in mind, the possibilities are endless—the only limit being one's energies and time.

Albert Sanghoon Park (April 2023)

CDS has been a fantastic intellectual home for the past three years. The student community has transformed the PhD from a lonely journey to a collective challenge. The members of staff have always been supportive of my ideas and advised me to explore alternative research paths. I would recommend it to anyone considering embarking on a PhD.

Lorena Gazzotti (April 2023)

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3-4 years full-time

4-7 years part-time

Doctor 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 2024

Applications open
Sept. 4, 2023
Application deadline
Feb. 28, 2024
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2024

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

Course Funding Deadline
Dec. 5, 2023
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 11, 2023

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2024, Lent 2025 and Easter 2025.


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