Much of the Centre for Development Studies' (CDS) work is focused on the interaction between change at local, national and global levels; the dynamics of inequality, poverty, gender and other forms of discrimination; the importance (and challenge) of doing research spanning different academic disciplines; and retaining academic independence while also engaging directly in policy, practice and power relations.

We use our expertise in these areas to inform the units our students study. This helps to ensure that they are learning up-to-date theory and practice.

Below are some undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral courses that relate to the research interests and work of CDS.


Postgraduate taught

Master of Research (MRes)

Please note: MRes Global Political Economy and MRes Security, Conflict & Human Rights were discontinued in 2023/24. They will be replaced by MRes Global Challenges and MRes Sociotechnical Futures & Digital Methods respectively.

Master of Science (MSc)


Distance learning

Doctoral (PhD)

Explore the University of Bath's Doctoral College for more information about doctoral study.

Find out more about funding for doctoral study.