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Applicants for the doctoral programme should have a master's degree in a relevant subject, preferably with distinction, and a first degree in a social science, normally with first class honours or a 3.8 GPA or equivalent. Research experience in a developing country is desirable. See the Department's website for further information.

Availability of an appropriate supervisor is a vital consideration in assessing applications, because a close fit between the research interests of supervisor and student greatly enhances the prospects of successfully completing the degree. The topics for research proposed in applications should thus be explicitly related to the expertise and current research interests of specific members of the RSC's academic staff.

However, it is not necessary for applicants actually to have secured a potential supervisor before submitting an application for the DPhil, nor is it necessary for applicants to have contacted potential supervisors.


Sufficient funding is also crucial for successful doctoral research, and applicants will need secure sources of finance for full-time study. Students are encouraged to undertake some teaching and research assistantship, but as part of their professional development rather than as a major income source.

Those who are eligible and who would like to be considered for ESRC funding should refer to the Department's website for further information:


For further information, please contact:

The Graduate Student Administrator
Oxford Department of International Development
University of Oxford
Queen Elizabeth House
3 Mansfield Road
Oxford OX1 3TB, UK

Tel: +44 (0)1865 281800
Fax: +44 (0)1865 281801

More information is also available on the Graduate Admissions website