University of Oxford

The Oxford Department of International Development (ODID) is the University of Oxford's focus for postgraduate learning and advanced research in international development. Our research and teaching aim to understand the economic, political, historical and social structures and processes that drive change and underpin inequality and deprivation in the Global South. We aspire to influence the theory, analysis and practice of development worldwide to benefit disadvantaged people and countries. To achieve these goals, we build partnerships with academics, development practitioners, international institutions and local organisations across the world. We ranked as the top development studies department in the country in the UK government's national assessment of research excellence in both 2008 and 2014. We were second in the world for development studies in the latest QS World University Rankings.

Our courses:

We offer seven postgraduate degrees (five masters and two doctoral programmes). These courses encourage students to engage with some of the most pressing issues of our time: from global governance and security to migration and human rights; from poverty and inequality to technological innovation; from issues affecting children and youth to environmental change and sustainability. Our approach encompasses economics, politics, international relations, anthropology, history, sociology, and law, and teaching is provided by world-class scholars in these fields. 

Our International Online Schools in Forced Migration offer those working with refugees and other forced migrants - from practitioners and policymakers to lawyers, activists and journalists - the chance to reflect critically on the forces and institutions that dominate the worlds of displaced people, guided by academic experts.

The Executive Education Leaders programmes from the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) provide senior government officials and high-level policymakers with practical knowledge on the use of Multidimensional Poverty Indices as policy tools, as well as direct access to the world's leading experts on multidimensional poverty reduction.

The annual OPHI Summer School provides a technical introduction to multidimensional poverty measurement using the Alkire-Foster method. It is open to professional staff of national offices of statistics and government ministries, professionals from international development institutions, academics and doctoral students.