Development Studies - Research PhD

The Natural Resources Institute (NRI) is a specialised multidisciplinary organisation within the University of Greenwich providing research and consultancy in support of sustainable development, economic growth and poverty reduction, principally, but not solely, in the natural resources sector. NRI has a rapidly growing programme of research at MPhil and PhD level on social-scientific and interdisciplinary topics relating to development in the South and in Europe. The institute provides a vibrant research environment for MPhil and PhD students in development studies with students from a number of countries and a variety of backgrounds in research, government and non-governmental organisations. Students are also actively encouraged to network with peers from other universities in the UK.

The Livelihoods and Institutions Department works on a number of themes related to natural resources, environment and development. Particular interests include participatory and client-oriented methods of agricultural research and their institutionalisation, agricultural service delivery, performance and impact assessment methodologies, community based natural resource management, land tenure, urban agriculture and rural-urban linkages, pastoralism, vulnerability to disasters and climate change. The Food and Markets Department works on many economics-based development issues. Important themes include the performance of agricultural markets, value chains, international standards and agricultural trade, micro-finance, enterprise development and poverty reduction, ethical trade and corporate social responsibility.

We welcome applications from potential students from either a social or natural scientific background. We can offer full-time or part-time registration, with students based on our campus in Medway or in their home countries, or some combination of the two.

Recent research project topics include:

  • Forbidden (Sacred) Lakes and Conservation: The Role of Indigenous Beliefs in the Management of Wetland Resources in the Niger Delta, Nigeria
  • Farmer organisations and their impacts for pro-poor growth among smallholder farmers in Malawi
  • Understanding the influence of livelihood features on cassava value chains
  • Rural territorial dynamics in North East Brazil: the Jiquiriçá Valley in Bahia
  • Pro-poor market-based approaches for economic recovery in post-conflict countries: the case of Liberia
  • Cross-borrowing and its impact on microentrepreneurs' repayment performance and well-being in Peru.

The aims of the programme are:

  • To provide an environment for innovative, intellectually rigorous and developmentally significant research, primarily on developing countries.
  • To strengthen the research capacity of students from a variety of intellectual and professional backgrounds.
PhD, MPhil, PhD, MPhil Award
Full-time, Part-time Study Mode
18 months Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

Entry requirements

Applicants should have:

For PhD:

A Master's degree by research in a relevant field.

Registration for MPhil with the possibility of transfer to PhD:

A first- or second-class honours degree or equivalent OR a Master's degree.

Students who are registered only for the MPhil may apply for transfer to PhD on submission of a full progress report at a specified point in the programme.

For MPhil:

You should have a first- or second-class honours degree or equivalent.

* Students whose first language is not English must have an IELTS score of 6.5 or above or an equivalent rating in another recognised language testing system.

* Each case is considered on its own merits, so these requirements should only be used as a guide.

University of Greenwich in Pictures

Upcoming Open Days at University of Greenwich

27
JAN

Postgraduate Open Events

27 Jan 2021, 09:00 AM - 28 Jan 2021, 17:00 PM Online
Visit Website
At the University of Greenwich, we believe that the best way to decide which subject you want to study is by talking to the people who teach it. Join us on Wednesday and Thursday 27-28 January to learn more about your course of interest from Greenwich academics, as well as all the career-boosting and financial support opportunities that the University offers.
27
FEB

Open Day - Saturday 27 February

27 Feb 2021, 10:00 AM - 27 Feb 2021, 15:00 PM Greenwich Campus, Avery Hill Campus, Medway Campus
Visit Website
Check out our campuses, tour our student accommodation, and speak with staff and students to get your questions answered. Parents are very welcome too! Join us and see why Greenwich is the ideal university for you. The Open Day is suitable for those interested in both Undergraduate and Postgraduate study.
26
JUN

Open Day - Saturday 26 June

26 Jun 2021, 10:00 AM - 26 Jun 2021, 15:00 PM Greenwich Campus, Avery Hill Campus, Medway Campus
Visit Website
Look around our campuses, view our student accommodation, and speak with staff and students to get your questions answered, at our final Open Day of the academic year. Parents are very welcome too! Join us and see why Greenwich is the ideal university for you. The Open Day is suitable for those interested in both Undergraduate and Postgraduate study.

Latest Updates from University of Greenwich

Location of University of Greenwich