Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Degree Courses

Our two research degrees are considered to provide the best research training in the UK for a career in international development – whether as the first step in an academic career, or as the basis for a senior post in policy research. Both the MPhil (2 years) and the DPhil (3 or 4 years) involve rigorous disciplinary groundwork, advanced research methods training, and thesis fieldwork. The DPhil caps two 'pathways' (development and migration) within the ESRC-funded Oxford Doctoral Training Centre in the Social Sciences.
Our four one-year taught courses combine demanding coursework, specialist options and an original research paper (the 'extended essay' or dissertation). These can lead on to doctoral work, but most employers regard an Oxford MSc as sufficient advanced professional training for a subsequent career in the field.

Other Funding Opportunities for Overseas Students

A range of scholarships is available for overseas students, for example through the British Council, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Fulbright Trust, the Rhodes Trust, the Felix Scholarship Funds, Weidenfeld, Clarendon, and University Bursaries and College Awards. Separate application may be required and students are advised to consult the information in the Graduate Studies Prospectus for further information or contact the Student Funding Office for help.
Those applying for Weidenfeld and the FCO/OSI scholarships should note that they MUST include all supporting materials required for their intended course. English language certificates must be submitted by any applicant whose first language is not English (who has not successfully completed a degree course in the UK), and for the MSc in Economics for Development, the GRE certificate must be submitted by any applicant whose bachelors degree is not from a British university.

ESRC Studentships: Development Studies, Economics and Migration Pathways

The University of Oxford is one of 21 centres of postgraduate excellence accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as a Doctoral Training Centre. ODID is able to nominate up to six applicants for the studentships for entry in 2013-14: two in the Development Studies training pathway; with the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography (SAME), three in the Migration training pathway; and with the Department of Economics, one in the Economics pathway.
We are pleased to invite applications for Masters-to-DPhil or DPhil programmes for these studentships starting in October 2013. The studentships are available for all of the ODID Masters courses and the DPhil in International Development. (Please note that the studentships are not intended for taught Masters degrees on their own – all applications should envisage the applicant continuing with a doctorate.)
How to apply:
For full details on the application procedure, please download the following information sheets:
For the Migration pathway (PDF Format)
For the Development Studies and Economics pathways (PDF Format)
Please note that in both cases, you must apply by the January 2013 deadline.

Fees and Funding


Full information on fees can be found in the Graduate Studies Prospectus. All students should make adequate provision to cover their fees and expenses for the entire period of the expected study. MPhil and research students must remember to include adequate provision for the expenses of fieldwork where their thesis topic requires it. Opportunities to raise sufficient funding through teaching or research assistantships are not available within the Department.

Funding and Studentships

Departmental Awards

ODID offers a number of full scholarships (covering University and College fees, plus an amount towards maintenance), available to students on any of the courses it offers.
The criteria for selection will be outstanding academic ability and citizenship of (and normal residence in) a developing country as defined by the United Nations, with a preference for candidates from Sub-Saharan Africa. Continuation of scholarships in the case of multi-year courses (MPhil and DPhil) will be conditional upon a high standard of academic performance.
There is no separate application process. Candidates should choose 'Departmental Award' in the drop-down menu in the on-line application or write 'Departmental Award' on the paper application forms if they wish to be considered for one of these scholarships

MSc in Global Governance and Diplomacy



Enquiries about the MSc in Global Governance and Diplomacy should be addressed to the Graduate Student Administrator

Students are required to take one of two foundation courses, Global Governance or International Diplomacy, and a course in Research Methods for the Social Sciences. These courses take place over Michaelmas and Hilary terms. Students also choose two eight-week options from a list of choices, such as:
  • Climate Change Diplomacy
  • Diplomacy and International Law
  • Global Financial Governance
  • International Relations of the Developing World
  • Multi-level Governance and Regional Integration
  • Peacebuilding and Statebuilding
  • Political Economy of Institutions and Development
  • Politics of Non-governmental Organisations
  • Security Issues in Fragile States
As an alternative to one of their options, students may also choose a course from a selection of options available on other ODID Masters programmes. In the past these have included:
  • Power and Punishment: Creating Social Order in Africa
  • Rural Societies and Politics
  • State, Governance and Natural Resources in Contemporary Latin America
Students are examined in all of these courses and options, and are also required to conduct supervised research and prepare a 10,000–12,000 word dissertation to be delivered towards the end of Trinity Term.

Oxford University Press

Oxford University Press (OUP) is a department of the University of Oxford. It furthers the University's objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide.
The Press has an incredibly diverse publishing programme, publishing in many countries, in more than 40 languages, and in a variety of formats—print and digital.  Its products cover an extremely broad academic and educational spectrum, and it aims to make its content available to users in whichever format suits them best.
It publishes for all audiences–from pre-school to secondary level schoolchildren; students to academics; general readers to researchers; individuals to institutions. The main criteria when evaluating a new title for publication are its quality and whether it supports those aims of furthering education and disseminating knowledge.  

Shaping the world we live in today

1908 restoration of Moeritherium by CW Andrews
Our research and students have fundamentally shaped the world we live in today.
  • The worldwide web was created by Tim Berners-Lee - who studied as an undergraduate at Oxford.
  • Dr Manmohan Singh, prime minister of India, helped liberalise trade in India in the early 1990s, leading to substantial economic growth and reduction in poverty rates - after doing his doctorate in economics in Oxford.
  • Oxford Professor Nick White proved the life-saving efficacy of today’s most effective anti-malarial drug, artemesinin, in the treatment of severe malaria.
  • Oxford academic Fred Taylor developed ‘infrared remote sensing’, which allows us to monitor the heat radiated by the earth’s atmosphere, a critical tool in analysing climate change.
  • Oxford professors (the late) Sir Richard Doll and Sir Richard Peto identified the full role of cigarette smoking in causing lung cancer and vascular diseases, and have quantified its likely impact in rapidly growing populations such as China.

Oxford: an international university


Oxford University has been at the forefront of understanding the world and shaping it for centuries. Since the Enlightenment, Oxford has been one of the world’s most influential and international universities.

  • Today, one third of our students and academic staff are from overseas.
  • We collaborate with colleagues around the world on topics of international importance, from the origins of the universe to the challenges of present-day globalisation.
  • Our tutorial system is famous for the intensive, rigorous education it provides.
  • Our graduate programmes train academic leaders around the globe.
  • Centuries before most of today’s leading universities existed, we welcomed our first international student, Emo of Friesland, in 1190. Decades before most universities became interested in international students, the Rhodes Scholarships started bringing talented international students to Oxford.
  • We have educated 25 British prime ministers and over 30 foreign presidents and prime ministers.
  • Oxford has defined the English language for many people around the world, through the dictionaries and other books of Oxford University Press (OUP), the world’s largest university press, present in 50 countries.

United States Education System

Thousands of international students go to the U.S. and want to know about the education of their fellow Americans and how the education system works. Due to its local differences, the system of American education seems confused. Else, the structure and procedures in American universities and colleges differ somewhat from other systems, such as the British model. This is a brief description of American colleges and university systems.
The U.S. has a federal system of government that has historically value to local government, there is no education system at the country level or program exists in the United States. The federal government does not work with public schools. Each state has its own Department of Education, which establishes rules for the universities and colleges of the United States. The colleges also receive funding from individual state, and also from local property taxes. Public colleges and universities receive funding from the state in which they are located. The legislature of each state decides how tax dollars will be given to public colleges and universities. Students in grades 1-12 do not pay tuition. University and college students pay tuition, but many scholarships earn or receive financial loans.