King's College London

Course Introduction

Overview

The Department of International Development (DID) at King's has a different agenda to traditional development studies in the UK and wider afield. It specifically focuses on 'emerging economies,' both to explore the sources of their success as well as understand the major development challenges they continue to face. These fast growing and changing societies raise new questions about the global economy, national development and promoting sustainable and equitable growth.

Research at the department seeks to explore critical perspectives on economic growth, modernisation and ?progress? and to do so by exploring context-specific economic, social and political change in these countries rather than applying prescriptive models of development.

We have three research groups:

Poverty, Inequality & Inclusive Growth

Social Justice

Political Economy & Institutions

Research expertise spans political science, sociology, social anthropology, development economics, history, geography and management. We have strong regional expertise and collaborations in Latin America and SE Asia, in China and India. The African Leadership Centre hosted by DID brings unique connections with the African continent and offers a separate programme in Leadership Studies with reference to Security and Development.

Description

A growing number of middle-income countries challenge conventional understandings of development. Much is to be learned from the experiences of the processes of change in these different nations, societies, and economies. Staff expertise includes political science, development economics, political economy, sociology, anthropology, management studies and development studies. Our supervisors accept original projects that explore how development processes occur in different ways and at different scales and levels, from global to local to familial.

The work of our doctoral students seeks to understand theoretical, empirical or methodological gaps in their chosen area. Under the guidance of their supervisor each student is encouraged to acquire disciplinary training relevant to their research question, but also to develop an enquiring appreciation of what other disciplines may bring to their field of study.

Start Date:

Duration: 3-4 years. Duration: 6-7 years.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
4 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £5,300 Home Fees
4 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £5,300 European Fees
4 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £19,850 Overseas Fees
7 years
Part Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £2,650 Home Fees
7 years
Part Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £2,650 European Fees
7 years
Part Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £9,950 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: A Master's degree is usually required. In exceptional circumstances only, a Bachelor's degree with 1st class or high 2:1 honours.
  • International entry requirements: Students can demonstrate their English Language Proficiency with the following tests and grades: IELTS (Academic): 7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in each skill; TOEFL iBT: 100 overall with a minimum of 25 in writing and 23 in each of the other skills; Cambridge Advanced Certificate (CAE): 185 overall, minimum 176 in all skills; Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): 185 overall, minimum 176 in all skills; Pearson Test of English (Academic): 69 overall with a minimum of 62 in each skill. The tests listed above are valid if they have been taken within the past two years.
  • IELTS score: 7
  • TOEFL score: 100