The PhD in Rural Development is largely for students with a background in one or more of the social sciences, although many students have had degrees in disciplines ranging from the humanities to the natural sciences. The academic backgrounds of the current intake, for example, include Rural Development, Anthropology, Development Studies, Economics, Engineering, Geography, Mathematics, Political Science, Sociology, and Statistics. The normal requirement for admission is the equivalent of at least a second division in Master’s degrees (3.0 in GPA)