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MA in Gender, Violence and Conflict

Course Description

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

The School of Global Studies offers you support in finding a research placement, allowing you to gain experience in an area of work relating to your subject of study and to 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 will 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.

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.


The University of Sussex aims to attract the most talented students to postgraduate study and offers one of the most generous scholarship programmes of any UK university. For full details of our scholarships please visit: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/money/scholarships/pgt2016/

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

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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 entrance requirements: View Website

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