MA Gender and Development

Having recently celebrated its 30th anniversary, this is one of the longest running degrees on gender and development.

You'll gain a solid understanding of debates in feminist thinking, and link them to gendered policy and programming. You develop in-depth knowledge and capacity for gendered analysis of specific issues such as:

  • women’s empowerment; 
  • political economy, and the environment; 
  • masculinities and patriarchy.

Our groundbreaking work challenges ideas about gender. We work with nuanced, fluid perspectives on gender and sex, and the ways they interact. You’ll gain the skills required to participate effectively in gender- and development-related research, policy-making and programme implementation.

The degree is jointly run by IDS and the Department of International Development Studies in the School of Global Studies, at the University of Sussex – home to some of the world's leading thinkers on gender and development. You'll benefit from our international faculty's expertise and our strong working relationships with partner organisations around the world.

Your course teachers are all active in the field, working on high-level policy-oriented programming and cutting edge academic research funded by UK and European Research councils, and philanthropic organisations from across the world.

Women's Football team in Iran

Duration

One year full-time or two-years part time.

World-leaders in development studies

The University of Sussex is ranked first in the world for Development Studies. This QS World Ranking reflects the strong reputation and quality of research and course offerings at IDS, and the School of Global Studies.

IDS is a leading global institution for development research, teaching and learning, and impact and communications, based at the University of Sussex.  The School of Global Studies is world leading in the field of development studies and offers the opportunity to learn from critical and engaged academics who are making a difference to global communities through research, teaching and activism.

Who is the degree for?

We welcome applicants with a broad range of academic and career trajectories. Successful applicants will have some practical experience in gender and development alongside an interest in critical academic enquiry. 

Course content and structure

The academic year commences in September. Three terms run as follows: autumn term (September to December), spring term (January to mid May) and summer term (May to August).

Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

Core modules:

Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

  • Gender, Identity and Inclusion (autumn term) – 30 credits
  • Theoretical Approaches to Gender and Development (autumn term) – 30 credits
  • Research Design (spring term) – 15 credits
  • Politics of Gender (spring term) OR Doing Gender (spring term) – 30 credits
  • Dissertation (summer term) – 45 credits

Options:

Alongside your core modules, you can choose options (totalling 30 credits) to broaden your horizons and tailor your course to your interests. Option modules may include:

  • Aid and Poverty: the Political Economy of International Development Assistance – 15 credits
  • Climate Change and Development – 15credits
  • Competing in the Green Economy – 15 credits
  • Development in Cities – 15 credits
  • Governance of Violent Conflict and (In)security – 15 credits
  • Health and Development - 30 credits
  • Nutrition - 15 credits
  • Poverty, Violence and Conflict - 15 credits
  • Public Financial Management - 15 credits
  • Reflective and Creative Practice for Social Change - 15 credits
  • Sexuality and Development: Intimacies, Health and Rights in Global Perspective – 30 credits
  • Theory and Practice of Impact Evaluation – 15 credits
  • Unruly Politics – 15 credits

In the summer term you will research and write a 10,000 word dissertation under the supervision of a faculty member.

Assessment

You'll be assessed through term papers, coursework assignments, presentations, exams, practical exercises, and a 10,000 word dissertation.

Entry requirements

Successful applicants will have a first or upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree in the social sciences or related subject, and at least one year of development and gender related work experience. Applications must be accompanied by a detailed two-page personal statement, explaining why you are applying for the degree and the relevance of your previous experience.

The course in taught in English. To derive the maximum benefit from the course, participants should be proficient in English and able to take an active part in discussions. The minimum requirement is, for example, an IELTS grade of 7.0 overall and no less than 6.5 in each section of the IELTS test. For detailed information on English language requirements for international students please see the University of Sussex website.

Fees and scholarships

UK/EU students:

£8,500 per year

Channel Islands and Isle of Man students:

£8,500 per year

International students:

£15,500 per year

Note that your fees may be subject to an increase on an annual basis.

If you’re studying part time over two years, you’ll be charged 50 per cent of the equivalent 2018 full-time fee in each year of study. The fee in your second year – if you continue your studies without a break – will be subject to a 2.5 per cent increase (subject to rounding).

Find out typical living costs for studying at Sussex

For scholarship opportunities and information on sources of funding please see the advice on funding on the University of Sussex website

Careers

Our graduates become specialists and advisers in gender and human rights for governments and development organisations worldwide – ­including ministries of foreign affairs in countries such as Azerbaijan and Indonesia . They work for UNIFEM, USAID, and the UK's Department for International Development.

Some of our graduates also go on to teach gender studies in universities around the world.

Graduate destinations:

100 per cent of students from the Institute of Development Studies were in work or further study six months after graduating. Recent IDS students have gone on to jobs including:

  • assistant to child protection, UNHCR (UN Refugee Agency)
  • campaigner, Greenpeace
  • project manager, European Women's Lobby.

(EPI, Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2015 for postgraduates)

 

“The most rewarding experience of studying at IDS was the fact that I had amazing classmates from all over the world who shared different experiences in regards to gender and development. It was so rewarding and nourishing to discover commonalities and particularities in our personal and professional experiences. This has stayed with me throughout my career because it has made me a more open-minded professional, with a wider definition of the concept of ‘development’.”
Nayelli Torres Salas, MA Gender and Development graduate 2014

 

Image credit: Panos

Having recently celebrated its 30th anniversary, this is one of the longest running degrees on gender and development.

The course provides a solid understanding of debates in feminist thinking, and links them to gendered policy and programming. You will develop in-depth knowledge and capacity for gendered analysis of specific issues such as: women’s empowerment; political economy, and the environment; and masculinities and patriarchy.[AR1] [CS2] 

Our groundbreaking work challenges ideas about gender. We work with nuanced, fluid perspectives on gender and sex, and the ways they interact. You’ll gain the skills required to participate effectively in gender- and development-related research, policy-making and programme implementation.

 

The degree is jointly run by IDS and the Department of International Development Studies in the School of Global Studies, at the University of Sussex – home to some of the world's leading thinkers on gender and development. You'll benefit from our international faculty's expertise and our strong working relationships with partner organisations around the world.

Those teaching on the course are all active in the field, working on high-level policy-oriented programming and cutting edge academic research funded by UK and European Research councils, and philanthropic organisations from across the world.

 

 

Women's Football team in Iran[AR3] [CS4] [LP5] 

Duration

One year full-time or two-years part time.

World-leaders in development studies

The University of Sussex is ranked first in the world for Development Studies. This QS World Ranking reflects the strong reputation and quality of research and course offerings at IDS, and the School of Global Studies.

IDS is a leading global institution for development research, teaching and learning, and impact and communications, based at the University of Sussex.  The School of Global Studies is world leading in the field of development studies and offers the opportunity to learn from critical and engaged academics who are making a difference to global communities through research, teaching and activism.

Who is the degree for?

We welcome applicants with a broad range of academic and career trajectories. Successful applicants will have some practical experience in gender and development alongside an interest in critical academic enquiry, [LP6] 

Learning outcomes[CS7] [LP8] 

Students who successfully complete the MA in Gender and Development can expect to:

·       Critically engage with the main theories, concepts and debates in the field of gender and development studies in their historical and contemporary contexts and develop detailed understanding of emerging development topics with special emphasis on gender. 

·       Critically assess institutional and policy choices and options for specific international development issues pertaining to gender equality and inclusion in different contexts.

·       Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of research and analytical methodologies and their application in diverse contexts and offer a sophisticated evaluation of how these methodologies can be used to facilitate positive social change for gender justice.

·       Collaborate effectively with international development professionals from diverse backgrounds, offering a combination of self-direction, originality and reflexivity that facilitates the sharing of diverse perspectives.

Carry out a sustained piece of research with a gender focus.Course content and structure[CS9] 

The academic year commences in September. Three terms run as follows: autumn term (September to December), spring term (January to April) and summer term (May to August).

Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

Core modules[CS10] :

Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

  • Gender, Identity and Inclusion (autumn term) – 30 credits[CS11] 
  • Theoretical Approaches to Gender and Development (autumn term) – 30 credits
  • Research Design (spring term) – 15 credits
  • Politics of Gender (spring term) – 30 credits

Or

  • Doing Gender (spring term) – 30 credits
  • Dissertation (summer term) – 45 credits

Options:

Alongside your core modules, you can choose options (totalling 30 credits) to broaden your horizons and tailor your course to your interests. Option modules may include:

  • Aid and Poverty: the Political Economy of International Development Assistance – 15x credits
  • Climate Change and Development – 15credits
  • Competing in the Green Economy – 15 credits
  • Development in Cities – 15 credits
  • Governance of Violent Conflict and (In)security – 15 credits
  • Health and Development 30 credits
  • Nutrition – 15 credits
  • Poverty, Violence and Conflict - 15 credits
  • Public Financial Management - 15 credits
  • Reflective and Creative Practice for Social Change – 15 credits
  • Sexuality and Development: Intimacies, Health and Rights in Global Perspective – 30 credits
  • Theory and Practice of Impact Evaluation – 15 credits
  • Unruly Politics – 15 credits

 

In the summer term you will research and write a 10,000 word dissertation under the supervision of a faculty member.

Assessment

You'll be assessed through term papers, coursework assignments, presentations, exams, practical exercises, and a 10,000 word dissertation.

Entry requirements

Successful applicants will have a first or upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree in the social sciences or related subject, and at least one year of development and gender related work experience. Applications must be accompanied by a detailed two-page personal statement, explaining why you are applying for the degree and the relevance of your previous experience.

The course in taught in English. To derive the maximum benefit from the course, participants should be proficient in English and able to take an active part in discussions. The minimum requirement is, for example, an IELTS grade of 7.0 overall and no less than 6.5 in each section of the IELTS test. For detailed information on English language requirements for international students please see the University of Sussex website.

Fees and scholarships

UK/EU students:

£8,500 per year[LP12] [CS13] 

Channel Islands and Isle of Man students:

£8,500 per year

International students:

£15,500 per year

Note that your fees may be subject to an increase on an annual basis.

If you’re studying part time over two years, you’ll be charged 50 per cent of the equivalent 2018 full-time fee in each year of study. The fee in your second year – if you continue your studies without a break – will be subject to a 2.5 per cent increase (subject to rounding).

Find out typical living costs for studying at Sussex

For scholarship opportunities and information on sources of funding please see the advice on funding on the University of Sussex website

 

Careers

Our graduates become specialists and advisers in gender and human rights for governments and development organisations worldwide – ­including ministries of foreign affairs in countries such as Azerbaijan and Indonesia . They work for the UN’s UNIFEM and USAID, DFID[LP14] .

Some of our graduates also go on to teach gender studies in universities around the world.

Graduate destinations:

100% of students from the Institute of Development Studies were in work or further study six months after graduating. Recent IDS students have gone on to jobs including:

  • assistant to child protection, UNHCR (UN Refugee Agency)
  • campaigner, Greenpeace
  • project manager, European Women's Lobby.

(EPI, Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2015 for postgraduates)

HAVE WE Got a quote we can insert here from an ex student? [LP15] 

 

Key contact: Leah

Image credit: Panos / XXXX[LP16] 

 


 [AR1]I would remove inclusion and identity and/or  include political economy, and the environment. That better reflects the overall course offerings.

 [CS2]Done.

 [AR3]Definitely change this photo!

 [CS4]Will update the text as a matter of priority and then update the photo when I have more time to do some image searching.

 [LP5]Can we use another photo? Or maybe the class photo as long as we have consent from them all.   

 [LP6]Carol, we need to say something that encompasses the following.  -. They will also  break away from stereotypes, challenge the norms, be forward thinking, critical, speak against injustice, have open perspectives, inclusive attitudes on gender and sexuality and identity.  Carol, can you write something that Deepta and Althea can review?

 

 [CS7]Can you please check these learning outcomes are current

 [LP8]These are the new ones

 

At the end of the course, the successful student will be able to:

·       Critically engage with the main theories, concepts and debates in the field of gender and development studies in their historical and contemporary contexts and develop detailed understanding of emerging development topics with special emphasis on gender. 

·       Critically assess institutional and policy choices and options for specific international development issues pertaining to gender equality and inclusion in different contexts.

·       Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of research and analytical methodologies and their application in diverse contexts and offer a sophisticated evaluation of how these methodologies can be used to facilitate positive social change for gender justice.

·       Collaborate effectively with international development professionals from diverse backgrounds, offering a combination of self-direction, originality and reflexivity that facilitates the sharing of diverse perspectives

·       Carry out a sustained piece of research with a gender focus.

 

 [CS9]Can you confirm all modules listed here will run in 2018 please?  

 [CS10]These are the modules as listed on the UoS website. The ones listed in your PDF on the IDS website are slightly different. Please confirm which are correct.

 [CS11]Please add credit info and term times for all modules

 [LP12]yes

 [CS13]Are these fees correct?

 [LP14]Carol can you ask Fran if she has the information. 

 [LP15]I can email an ex student to ask for a quote – Nalini /Harinee and Budani

 [LP16]Add course convenors details Althea and Deepta.