What will I learn?

The PhD by Published Works in Development Studies is awarded to candidates who have already completed original and significant research in the field of development studies and have a coherent body of published works, but who have not had the opportunity to undertake a research programme leading to a PhD.

The portfolio of research you submit for this PhD will be of the same quality, rigour and volume as a typical PhD. The work might take the form of refereed articles, chapters, monographs and scholarly editions, as long as they are available or traceable in the public domain (and not self-published). A substantial proportion of these works will be peer-reviewed and a number will be solely authored by you. All works should ideally have been published not more than ten years before the date of submission.

You will work with two qualified supervisors to compose an accompanying 10,000-word dissertation, summarising and explaining your work’s contribution to the development field.

Future careers

Your PhD in Published Works will put you in a great position to launch or progress your career in academia, government, civil society or the private sector, and make a real difference in bringing about transformative change.

Our PhD graduates are defining and solving some of the world’s most pressing global challenges in their work as:

  • ministers in national governments and civil servants
  • high-level officials in development organisations such as UNDP and the World Bank
  • leaders of civil-society organisations such as ActionAid and Christian Aid
  • high-profile academics at universities across the world.

During the course of your PhD, you are required to give one Work in Progress seminar to the IDS community. This is scheduled during your second term at IDS. The seminar will focus on the research findings and the overall arguments that you make in your dissertation, along with covering your contribution to the field.

Which department am I in?


Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£18,500.00 (US$ 25,297) per year
This is a fixed fee
Application deadline

Expected June 2022

Start date

Expected September 2022


Institute of Development Studies

Library Road,


Brighton and Hove,

BN1 9RE, England

Entry requirements

For international students

You’re normally expected to have a Merit (an average of 60% overall) in a Master’s degree. Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences subject. In exceptional circumstances, you may be considered for the degree if you have a qualification in a different subject area. You must also show evidence of substantial professional work experience and a body of published work in development-related work. Finally, you must be able to secure agreement from two IDS researchers who are able to supervise you. Students must be proficient in English. The minimum requirement is, for example, an IELTS grade of 7.0 overall and no less than 6.5 in each section of the IELTS test. TOEFL 95 overall, including at least 22 in Listening, 23 in Reading, 23 in Speaking, 24 in Writing.

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