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School of Environment, Education and Development

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PhD Development Policy and Management
Research across development economics, public policy; information systems, governance, poverty, social development and livelihoods

PhD Development Policy and Management / Application and selection

Year of entry: 2018

How to apply

Advice to applicants

The PhD Development Policy and Management programme receives many excellent applications each year and regrettably we cannot offer places to all of those applicants who satisfy our minimum entry requirement. Applicants should consider how their proposed research links with current research activity within the Global Development Institute: http://www.gdi.manchester.ac.uk/study/phd-opportunities/

All applicants are encouraged to have identified and contacted potential academic supervisors within GDI in order to develop research proposals that match applicants' research interests with those of research groups within GDI.  Having checked that you meet the entry requirements and identified a member of staff you think would be interested in your research please contact her/him, providing a copy of your research proposal and your CV. This initial contact should enable you to learn whether your research topic fits staff resources available to supervise, and to obtain advice on further developing your research proposal.

We encourage all applicants to identify and contact a potential supervisor prior to submitting an application. Please note a discussion with a prospective supervisor does not constitute an offer of supervision, as this can only result from a formal application through the online admissions service.  

Applicants seeking scholarship funding from the University of Manchester via the School of Environment, Education and Development (SEED) or from the North West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (NWSSDTP) are strongly advised to seek early advice (before December) from prospective supervisors about their proposed research. Scholarship funding is very competitive and will take account of the quality of applicants' research proposals as well as their previous academic performance.  

In order to be considered for the SEED or the Research Council (NWSSDTP) studentships you must submit a complete online application, including all supporting documents, by the end of January 2018.

Formal applications should normally receive a response giving a decision within six weeks of submission.

Interview requirements

Applicants who meet our entry requirements and who are matched to a suitable supervisor will be interviewed. For applicants unable to visit Manchester, interviews may be undertaken by phone or skype.

Interview requirements

Applicants who meet our entry requirements and who are matched to a suitable supervisor may be required to attend an interview