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Education, Gender and International Development MA

Course Description

The Education, Gender and International Development MA will develop a student's understanding of the gender dimensions of research, analysis, policy and practice in relation to education in low- and middle-income countries. It will encourage them to consider how developing countries connect with more affluent and powerful regions of the world.

See the website http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/degrees/education-gender-international-development-ma

Key Information

- Application dates
All applicants:
Open: 19 October 2015
Close: 29 July 2016

English Language Requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Special. Only the IELTS is accepted. Applicants must obtain an overall grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in the reading subtest and 6.0 in the writing subtest.
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/life/international/english-requirements .

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/international .

Degree Information

The programme provides students with the opportunity to follow a course of study unique in the UK, looking at a range of current issues and debates, including discussions about girls’ access to and achievements in school; femininities, masculinities and gender relations within education; the ways in which the state and society shapes the politics of gender and education; and approaches to social justice and education.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of two core modules (60 credits), and either two optional modules (60 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits), or three optional modules (90 credits) and a report (30 credits).

- Core Modules
Education and International Development: Concepts, Theories and Issues
Gender, Education and Development

- Options
Students select either two or three Master's-level optional modules, chosen in consultation with the Programme Leader, from the UCL Institute of Education offering. Students are encouraged to take the module, Gender, Sexuality and Education to increase their understanding of the literature on gender and education.

- Dissertation/report
All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in either a 20,000-word dissertation or 10,000-word report.

Teaching and Learning

Teaching is delivered by lectures or other structured inputs by staff; participant-led presentations and discussions based on selected readings or a clearly specified project; tutor-led seminars; workshops; problem/issue-based paired and small group work; occasional debates and occasional invited speakers; reflections on film and video inputs. Assessment is via various forms of coursework including discursive essays, critical analysis of empirical research, reviews of literature, and the dissertation or report.


Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed (where available) below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/scholarships .


Graduates of this programme are currently working across a broad range of areas. Some are working as specialist professionals in NGOs and international development organisations, while others have jobs as teachers and education managers. Graduates can also be found working as government officials, civil servants and university lecturers worldwide.

Top career destinations for this degree:
- Director of Professional Development, Mulberry School for Girls (2011)
- Programmes Co-ordinator, STAR4Africa (2012)
- Modern Foreign Languages Teacher, St Vincent Secondary School (2012)
- Community Education Literacy Tutor, Bristol City Council Learning Communities Team (2013)
- Consultant, UN (United Nations) (2013)

- Employability
It is intended that students who have participated fully in the programme will be able to:
- Reflect critically on debates concerning education, gender and international development
- Understand the ways in which knowledge forms, and is formed by, education politics, policy, practice and research in national settings in low- and middle-income countries, and in transnational organisations
- Consider the implications of theory, research and analyses developed through class discussions for their own future practice and professional development
- Use oral and written communication skills in order to make arguments, examine evidence and creatively advance this area of inquiry
- Understand processes entailed in research and conduct a small research study.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The Department of Education, Practice and Society at UCL Institute of Education is the well-established home of an interdisciplinary grouping bringing together high-quality teaching and research in the history, sociology and philosophy of education and international development.

The department has extensive experience and expertise in education planning, health and gender in Africa, Asia and Latin America; 'policy sociology'; education, equality and human rights; issues of gender, 'race', sexuality, disability and social class. Visits to international organisations, policy seminars and a vibrant student/alumni group provide excellent networking opportunities.

Linking research, policy and practice, students benefit from an extraordinarily powerful learning community.

Application and next steps

- Applications
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

- Who can apply?
This programme is suited to professionals with an interest in gender, education and development, who would like to reflect and build on their experience of working in these areas.

What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Education, Gender and International Development at graduate level
- why you want to study Education, Gender and International Development at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
- how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree

Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

For more information see our Applications page http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/apply .

Visit the Education, Gender and International Development MA page on the University College London web site for more details!

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Entry Requirements

Applicants should hold a minimum of a second-class UK Bachelor's degree and show a commitment and genuine interest in issues relating to gender, education and international development. They will normally have a minimum of six months' experience living/working in a low/middle-income context. Applicants who do not meet these criteria may sometimes be considered on the basis of an excellent personal statement. Occasionally they may be asked to write a qualifying essay, or occasionally submit a portfolio of work.

Course Fees

UK/EU 2016/17: £TBC (FT) Overseas 2016/17: £TBC (FT)

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