M.Phil. On Campus

Development Studies

University of Cambridge

9 months
32214 GBP/year
17150 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The MPhil in Development Studies at the University of Cambridge is seeks to provide students with a critical and reflexive program that eschews the norm. This approach to development enables a rethinking of who benefits from explicit and implicit contemporary approaches, allowing for a repositioning of who development is for. 


This MPhil Development Studies offered at the University of Cambridge aims to give students a rich and inspired program that will allow them to build an approach to development that is grounded in thoughtfulness and reflection of the historical, racial and political terms of the paradigm as it stands.

The MPhil in Development Studies is taught both in the Centre of Development Studies and in collaboration with the Centres of African Studies and Latin American Studies, the Faculty of Economics, the Departments of Land Economy, Geography, Politics and International Studies, Social Anthropology, and the Judge Business School. It therefore provides a framework within which students can construct a pathway suited to a wide range of differing interests and needs, drawn from different institutional locations.

Learning Outcomes

The MPhil in Development Studies allows space for students to capture what they desire. Our emphasis on critical reflection privileges analytical approaches to development as opposed to more practice-based or vocational strategies.  Students will come away from the MPhil will a broad and incisive understanding of development, its institutions, actors and interests. In doing so, the MPhil seeks to provide students with a solid foundation for consistent future growth through various fields of development, whether in scholarship or practice.


Several students annually continue to the PhD in Development Studies. For continuation on to the PhD candidates will have to achieve an average of 70 (high pass) for their overall mark in the MPhil course. They will also need an acceptable PhD proposal.

In recent years Development Studies students have also been accepted as PhD students by the Faculties of Education, Social and Political Sciences, and History, by the Departments of Social Anthropology, Geography, and Land Economy, by POLIS, and by the Judge Business School.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Development economics
  • Institutions and development
  • Sociology and politics of development
  • Globalisation, business and development

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 9 months

Start dates & application deadlines


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK High II.i Honours Degree.
  • If your degree is not from the UK, please check International Qualifications to find the equivalent in your country.
  • The equivalent of at least a high II.i degree in the British university system.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    32214 GBP/year
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    Based on the tuition of 32214 GBP per year during 9 months.
  • National

    17150 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 17150 GBP per year during 9 months.

Living costs for Cambridge

846 - 1465 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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