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MA in Gender and Development

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IDS research on gender goes beyond the narrow confines of many development projects, taking on issues such as political economy and conflict that have strong implications for development policy. Our groundbreaking work challenges normative ideas about gender with more nuanced, fluid perspectives on femininity, masculinity, women and men, and the way they interact.

This degree brings together experts from a range of academic disciplines and policy experiences with extensive knowledge in research, consultancy and operational work across a range of social science disciplines.

This MA will give you in-depth knowledge and capacity for gender analysis of specific themes, such as reproductive health, rights, identity, environment and social protection, and the tools required to participate effectively in gender and development-related research, policy making, and implementation.

The degree provides a thorough grounding in policy and planning skills.

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We continue to develop and update our modules for 2015 entry to ensure you have the best student experience. In addition to the course structure below, you may find it helpful to refer to the Modules tab.

Autumn term: Ideas in Development and Policy, Evidence and Practice • Key Issues in Gender and Development • Theoretical Perspectives in Gender and Development.

Spring term: Doing Gender and Development and two 15-credit modules from a range of options, which may include Aid and Poverty • Analysing Poverty, Vulnerability and Inequality • Climate Change and Development • Decentralisation and Local Government • Emerging Powers and International Development • Global Governance • Impact Evaluation • Law and Development • Management of Public Finance • Nutrition • Politics of Implementing Gender and Development • Poverty, Violence and Conflict • Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods • Reflective Practice and Social Change • Sexuality, Masculinity and Development • Unruly Politics.

Spring and summer terms: you take the 15-credit module Introduction to Research Methods to help you prepare for your dissertation.

Summer term: you work on your dissertation.


Assessment is primarily through term papers of 3,000-5,000 words, coursework assignments, presentations, practical exercises and, for some modules, examinations, as well as a final 10,000-word dissertation.


** The University of Sussex is proud to offer a range of generous scholarships of up to £3,000 for postgraduate scholars. These prestigious awards are designed to attract the most talented students and recognise the difficult funding climate. For full details of our scholarships, conditions and how to apply, please visit: **

Visit the MA in Gender and Development page on the University of Sussex web site for more details!

University of Sussex
Institute of Development Studies
1 year full time; 2 years part time
A first- or upper second-class undergraduate honours degree in the social sciences or a related discipline, and preferably two years' development-related work experience. Applications must be accompanied by a detailed, two-page personal statement.Overseas students entry requiremements are available at: LINK
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Masters study type: Full time Masters study type: Part time

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Development Studies Gender Studies

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4 Comments or Questions
by muhammad razaq ( Tue, 10 Jul 2012 10:58:09 GMT )
Reply from Find A Masters Team I want to do master in gender studies is there available fully scholarship for this , plz let me know about the procedure
by VVSS ( Sun, 08 Apr 2012 22:53:35 GMT )
Reply from Find A Masters Team I would like to study M.Phil in gender and development online program, and would like to know the regulations and opportunities please.
by Charlene ( Tue, 10 Jan 2012 10:46:57 GMT )
Reply from Find A Masters Team Is this MA program offered as an online course? Thank you.
Response from Student Recruitment   at University of Sussex ( Wed, 25 Jan 2012 09:45:04 GMT ) Reply from course provider Unfortunately distance learning is only available for research students (PhD/ MPhil) who do not live in the UK and who are unable to attend the UK full-time to complete their research. We do not offer any of our taught masters programmes via distance learning.
by selestine ( Thu, 08 Sep 2011 16:31:37 GMT )
Reply from Find A Masters Team Dear Sir/Madam How can i apply for scholarship of masters in Gender studies
Response from Student Recruitment   at University of Sussex ( Thu, 22 Sep 2011 10:54:58 GMT ) Reply from course provider We haven't announced our postgraduate funding awards for 2012 as yet. Information about 2012 funding should be available on our website by late October 2011:


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