The Institute of Social Studies offers a four-year programme leading to the internationally recognised degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Development Studies. ISS has the right to award its own PhD degree. The PhD programme takes four years and is organised in four phases. In order to accommodate the constraints arising from the professional obligations of mid-career applicants, the PhD programme offers flexible academic arrangements. Well-prepared and well-supported candidates who are based in a research-oriented organisation or university elsewhere may be able to follow a tailor-made track, with shorter periods spent in The Hague. Students benefit from access to a multidisciplinary faculty working on different aspects of development problems, combined with fieldwork under local guidance and with institutional support.