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MA in Gender and Development

Course Description

You are based in IDS (http://www.ids.ac.uk/). This MA is jointly run by the School of Global Studies (http://www.sussex.ac.uk/global/) and IDS.

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 course 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 gives 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 course provides a thorough grounding in policy and planning skills.

[[Assessment ]]

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.

Course Structure

We continue to develop and update our modules for 2016 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 • Management of Public Finance • Nutrition • Politics of Implementing Gender and Development • Poverty, Violence and Conflict • Reflective Practice and Social Change • Unruly Politics.

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

Summer term: you work on your dissertation.


Fees for studying on courses available on a part-time basis will be charged at 50 per cent of the full-time fees listed below.

Home UK/EU students: £8,000 per year(1)
Channel Island and Isle of Man students: £8,000 per year
Overseas students: £14,800 per year

(1) The fee shown is for the academic year 2016.

For more information on fee status, visit Fees - http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/money/fees/pg2016

Visit Living costs - http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/money/livingcosts


The funding sources listed below are for the subject area you are viewing and may not apply to all degrees listed within it. Please check the description of the individual funding source to make sure it is relevant to your chosen degree.

Visit Postgraduate taught scholarships 2016 - http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/money/scholarships/pgt2016

Visit Career development and part-time work - http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/pg/careersandalumni

Career Paths

Our graduates become specialists and advisors in gender and human rights for governments worldwide including ministries of foreign affairs in countries such as Azerbaijan and Indonesia. They work for the UN’s UNIFEM and USAID. Some of our graduates also go on to teach gender studies in universities around the world.

To find out more, visit Careers and alumni - http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/pg/careersandalumni

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

Entry Requirements

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 Entrance Requirements: View Website

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