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PhD in Global Human Development

Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for the PhD in Global Human  Development is a Master degree (MA or M.Sc.), with an overall grade of 2.1 (GPA 3.6) in the areas of Agricultural Science, Business Studies, Economics,  Engineering ,  Mathematics,  Medicine, Politics, Sociology and other related areas of study whose ultimate focus is Global Human Development, in particular, Poverty Reduction.

Application Form GHD

Description of the Program

The PhD in Global Human Development is a joint programme between UCD and universities in Tanzania, Malawi and Zimbabwe: University of Dar Es Salaam, University of Malawi and University of Zimbabwe. The function of this programme is to pool the respective capacities of UCD and the respective partner universities to provide graduate research students and supervisors with what is necessary to conduct top class research in the field of Development. Students will be provided with the academic and intellectual tools to work on the issues related to the Millennium Development Goals and Poverty Reduction through their respective core disciplines and place this within real-world experience and research in the developing world. Both institutions will provide members to the student’s Doctoral Studies Panel. Where this entails primary supervision resting with a non-UCD staff members, such persons will be submitted through UCD channels for approval as adjunct staff members.

All students within the programme will adhere to all UCD and relevant College-level requirements for a structured PhD. This includes, inter alia, the acquisition of a minimum of 30 taught credits at UCD, a formal transfer assessment and completion of a Research and Professional Development Programme (RPDP). All students will submit their final dissertation to UCD and upon successful completion of their examination, will be awarded a UCD PhD.

Students on this PhD Programe will have to attend the core module GSHS50050 Development PhD Roundtable (5 credits).

Structure of the PhD

This is a 3-year full-time PhD Programme and students have to adhere to all UCD and relevant College-level requirements for a structured PhD.

Term one:  Students are registered to both institutions, but will start their studies at UCD. It is recommended that students take at least 15 credits of taught modules (Level 4 & 5) in the first term at UCD. Students will work closely with their supervisor on the first draft of their PhD structure.

Term two: Students will conduct research at the partner institution under supervision of their local supervisors. Credits for research will be recorded.

Term three: Students come back to UCD to acquire the final remaining credits, which will have to amount to 30 credits by the end of term three. Students, who have to liaison with their supervisor at UCD, will have to prepare for their transfer assessment, which will take place in the 3rd term of the PhD programme.

Term four & five: Students will go back to the partner institutions, work closely with their supervisors and will finalise their dissertation.

Term six: Students come to UCD to finalise and submit their dissertation. Fees are to be shared by the institutions involved in the programme.

Fees will be payable to UCD for the the semesters when PhD candidates were studying at UCD. Fees will go to the local partner university when students are conducting their research abroad. 

Dr Christina Griessler
Thematic PhD Manager
College of Human Sciences Graduate School
University College Dublin
Belfield, Dublin 4
Phone: ++353 (0) 1 716 8643