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MA in Gender and International Development

If you’re interested in questioning the concepts of gender and development, as well as giving priority to issues and debates identified within specific countries, rather than relying on predominantly western literature, then this is the programme for you. It is an international, interdisciplinary and analytical course which does not assume that development is about the ‘third world’ modelling itself on the west, nor about women modelling themselves on men.

Programme content

Our programme will give you a thorough understanding of the centrality of gender relations in development and how gender is cross-cut by other significant differences, such as sexuality, ‘race’/ethnicity, (dis)ability and social class. Through our two core modules you will achieve a rigorous theoretical and conceptual foundation linked to a strong practical focus on issues and policies of gender and development. A third optional core module will give you a detailed understanding of methodological debates in social research, and you'll also take at least one more gender/development module.

You will then select from a wide range of exciting and cutting-edge specialist modules, including an optional module in law and development. Optional modules provide opportunities to explore substantive issues that excite you, such as human rights, global capitalism, feminist jurisprudence, the labour process, feminist theory and epistemology, and postcolonial theory. With personal supervision from one of our leading scholars, you will then progress to research and write your own 15,000 word dissertation.

Our programme takes place in the unique academic context of both a Women and Gender Studies Research Centre, with an exciting programme of research seminars and events, and a thriving Sociology department, with a strong international research and teaching profile. You may be a development professional looking to progress your career, a student moving on to graduate study with an interest in development or a researcher seeking a relevant MA as preparation for a research degree. Students from a wide range of backgrounds have prospered on this course, and we welcome your application.

Module Options:

Aside from your two core modules, you choose at least one optional gender/development module:

Social Research for Social Change
Social Theory and Social Justice
Sociology in a Biological Age: Power, Sociality and Difference

And at least one optional methodologies module:

Qualitative Methods in Social Research
Quantitative Methods in Social Research
Understanding Social Science

Please note: the modules listed above are running during the 2017/18 academic year; please return to this page for the latest information on modules running in future terms.


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