MA Gender and Development

This degree is one of the longest running and most popular courses on gender and development. In the 2016-2017 academic year it celebrated its 30th anniversary. The degree positions the study of gender and development within an analytical framework, as well as in the context of policymaking and implementation. It equips students to pursue career paths in gender and development-related research, policy work and practice.

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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 those teaching on the course are all active in the field, working on high-level gender programmes funded by major donors and agencies such as the UK Department for International Development, the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the World Food Programme and the Swedish International Development Cooperation agency.

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

You should have an upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above in the social sciences or a related subject. And you should preferably have one year's development-related work experience, which can be made up of voluntary work and vacation-based activities. 

Each application will be assessed on a case-by-case basis and applicants must submit a detailed two-page personal statement, explaining why you are applying for the degree and the relevance of previous development related experience.

English language requirements

IELTS 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in each section. Pearson's Test of English (Academic) 67 overall, with at least 62 in all four skills.

For entry in September 2017, fees are £8,000 for Home UK/EU, Channel and Isle of Man students; £15,100 for Overseas 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.


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