PhD in International Development Studies

Degree:

Philosophiae doctor (PhD)

 

Course location:

Bochum

Teaching language:

  • English

Languages

English 100%

Programme duration:

6 semesters

Beginning:

Winter semester

Application deadline:

Application deadline for the following winter semester is usually 30 April each year.

Tuition fees per semester in EUR:

None

Combined Master’s degree / PhD programme:

No

Joint degree / double degree programme:

Yes

Description/content:

The Institute of Development Research and Development Policy (IEE), Germany, offers an international and interdisciplinary three-year PhD programme in International Development Studies (IDS). The programme is taught entirely in English. The PhD IDS is embedded within the framework of the RUB Research School, a winner of the German Excellence Initiative. It is offered by the IEE on behalf of the Faculties of Geography, Law, Social Science, and Economics and targets excellent young academics from all over the world who aspire to advance their academic career in international development studies and have a strong interest in cross-disciplinary work. Annually up to 10 PhD candidates are admitted to the programme. Participants can choose from a variety of tailor-made courses while at the same time working on their own research projects. A supervisor is assigned to each research project. All supervisors hold professorial posts in the faculties involved. Teaching modules deal with developmental issues from a multidisciplinary perspective such as development economics, political institutions, conflict and democracy, or economics and culture. These seminars are complemented by courses on research methods and statistical analysis. Individual research projects are presented and discussed on a regular basis by the PhD candidates and their supervisors in the framework of the meetings of the IEE Research Clusters. Courses on generic skills, offered by the RUB Research School for doctoral candidates from all disciplines, aim at the training of key competences and include seminars on scientific writing, scientific presentation, and professional (scientific) communication.

Course organisation:

The programme cycle is three years, including a field research period. Courses are mainly offered as seminars. The PhD IDS is a combination of working on individual PhD research projects as well as participating in selected teaching modules. Teaching modules deal with developmental issues from a multidisciplinary perspective. These seminars are complemented by courses on research methods and statistical analysis. Individual research projects are presented and discussed on a regular basis by the PhD candidates and their supervisors in the framework of the meetings of the IEE Research Clusters.
A field research phase, typically in the fourth semester, forms an integral part of the PhD programme. Courses on generic skills include seminars on scientific writing, scientific presentation and professional (scientific) communication.

Please note: Part-time studies are accepted in exceptional cases only!

We cannot currently offer any scholarship; PhD IDS applicants therefore have to apply separately for a scholarship by submitting an application to relevant funding organisations.

Joint PhD Programme with the International Institute of Social Sciences of Erasmus University Rotterdam (ISS), The Hague, Netherlands: students of the PhD IDS may have the opportunity to accomplish a doctorate jointly supervised and jointly certified by both the IEE and ISS.

International elements:

  • International guest lecturers
  • Projects with partners in Germany and abroad

Description of other international elements

Joint PhD offer with Erasmus University Rotterdam, Institute for Social Studies

Cooperation with University of the Western Cape, South Africa

Field Research abroad (in home countries of participants)

Course-specific, integrated German language courses:

No

Course-specific, integrated English language courses:

No

Tuition fees per semester in EUR:

None

Semester contribution:

Social fee of approx. 330 EUR per semester, including a semester ticket covering public transport in the entire state of North Rhine-WestphaliaCosts of livingMinimum of 720 EUR per month to cover personal and living expenses

Funding opportunities within the university:

Yes

Description of the above-mentioned funding opportunities within the university:

Students with outstanding academic performance who are involved in special social activities can receive 300 EUR per month for a year from the Ruhr-Universität Scholarship Fund “Deutschlandstipendium”:
International students with good to very good academic performance who need financial support during the final phase of study can receive a graduation grant of 400 EUR per month for four months from the International Office at RUB:

Academic Admission Requirements:

Above-average advanced degree in human geography, law, social or political science, economics, development management or related subjects:

  • qualified university degree (Master’s or an equivalent to the German Diplom or “Staatsexamen”) with an overall grade equivalent to 2.7 (fully satisfactory) in the German grading system after completion of relevant studies with a duration of at least four years, or
  • qualified degree with an overall grade equivalent to 1.3 (very good) in the German grading system after completion of relevant studies with a duration of at least three years plus preparatory studies for the PhD of usually three semesters

For international degrees, the equivalence will be judged during the application process. Candidates who have to follow preparatory studies before admission to the PhD in International Development Studies can be accepted for such preparatory studies at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum.
Applicants must submit a research proposal (five pages max.)

Language requirements:

Official certificate confirming applicant’s English language proficiency equivalent to CEFR level C1 (e.g. IELTS band 6.5 or TOEFL iBT 95 or above)

Application deadline

Application deadline for the following winter semester is usually 30 April each year.

 

 

 

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