MA Gender and Development

This masters course is one of the longest running and most popular courses on gender and development. It positions the study of gender and development within an academic social science framework, as well as in the context of policymaking and implementation.

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The course aims to equip students with the analytical and conceptual skills needed to understand gender issues in both contexts, enabling them to participate effectively in gender and development-related research, policymaking and implementation.

The MA course is taught jointly by IDS and University of Sussex faculty members as well as external specialists, with extensive experience in teaching, research, consultancy, and operational work, across a range of social science disciplines. IDS and Sussex are home to some of the world's leading thinkers on gender and development, and IDS co-ordinates a five year DFID-funded Research Partnership Consortium on Pathways to Women's Empowerment which brings together researchers, activists, policy makers and NGOs from the UK, Egypt, Brazil, Ghana and Bangladesh.

A broad range of teaching methods are employed to create a varied learning experience. These include lectures and seminars, workshops, intensive project-work in small groups, and use of videos. Supervision is provided through group tutorials and individually.

Further information

IDS students are often development practitioners from a range of international, governmental or non-governmental organisations in the North and South.

Relevant work experience is taken into account in assessing applications, but a good honours first degree, preferably in a social science or development-related subject, is a basic requirement. The minimum acceptable level of English language competence is grade 7 overall, and no less than 6.5 in each section of the IELTS test (or equivalent).

For entry in September 2014, fees are £13,750 for all students. For sources of funding please see the advice on funding on the University of Sussex website.

One scholarship is available for applicants from African members of the Commonwealth through a joint scheme between IDS and the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission. Please contact IDS for further information.

Course information

Fees: £13,750 (2014/15)
Start date: 17 September 2015
Based: University of Sussex, Brighton, UK
How to apply: Visit the University of Sussex website