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MA in Gender, Violence and Conflict

Course Description

You are based in the School of Global Studies (http://www.sussex.ac.uk/global).

This interdisciplinary degree engages students critically with existing theoretical and policy debates around the relationships between sex, gender, violence and conflict. It considers perspectives and arguments from anthropology and international relations, as well as from sociology, law, gender and feminist studies. The course focuses on the gendered experiences of violence, conflict and peace; militarisation, masculinities and femininities, gender violence in situations of conflict and peace; and the representations, embodiment and institutionalisation of violence.

We critically assess contemporary policy agendas, diplomatic and development interventions in the areas of Women, Peace and Security; Violence Against Women and Gender-Based Violence. You will also have the opportunity to explore critical and feminist approaches to social research and the politics and ethics of research.

The MA in Gender, Violence and Conflict is an exciting and unique postgraduate degree, designed to appeal to UK and international students and to policymakers and practitioners who would like to take Masters level specialist study to aid their professional development.


Assessment is primarily though term papers of 3,000-5,000 words, coursework assignments, practical exercise and presentations, as well as a final 10,000-word dissertation.

Research placements

A research placement allows you to gain experience in an area of work relating to your subject of study and acquire practical skills in preparation for a professional career. Research placements run over a 12-week period in the summer term and vacation. If you take a research placement, you have the opportunity to write a dissertation based on your experience.

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: you take Gender, Conflict and Peace and one of the following options: Gender Politics and Social Research • Understanding Processes of Social Change • Human Rights and the Politics of Culture • New Security Challenges • Conflict, Security and Development.

Spring term: you take Sex and Violence and one of the following options: Anthropology of Reconciliation and Reconstruction • Women and Human Rights • Embodiment and Institutionalisation of Violence, Conflict and Conciliation • Gender, Sexuality and Family Law • Hate Crime and Sexual violence • The Body,
Current Controversies and Debates • Sexuality and Development: Intimacies, Health & Rights in Global Perspective • Knowledge, Power and Resistance • Human Rights in International Relations.

Summer term: You undertake supervised 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: £7,500 per year(1)
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

The MA in Gender, Violence and Conflict will appeal to students working in, or planning to work in the fields of international development and diplomacy (including on gender, gender-based violence, conflict and security, and peacebuilding), the charity sectors/NGOs and within various activist movements, women’s rights, and peace and justice nationally or internationally.

Providing students with a thorough grounding in the issues of gender, conflict and violence, the MA GVC is also excellent preparation for a PhD in Anthropology, Gender Studies, International Relations or International Development.

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

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

Entry Requirements

A first- or upper second-class undergraduate honours degree in the social or natural sciences. Applications must be accompanied by a detailed personal statement. Applicants with other degrees or relevant practical work experience will also be considered. Overseas Entry Requirements: View Website

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