University of Sussex

University of Sussex

Gender and Development

Institute of Development Studies (IDS) research on gender goes beyond the narrow confines of many development projects, taking on issues such as political economy and conflict that have strong implications for development policy. Our groundbreaking work challenges normative ideas about gender with more nuanced, fluid perspectives on femininity, masculinity, women and men, and the way they interact. This course brings together experts from a range of academic disciplines and policy experiences with extensive knowledge in research, consultancy and operational work across a range of social science disciplines. This course gives you in-depth knowledge and capacity for gender analysis of specific themes, such as reproductive health, rights, identity, environment and social protection, and the tools required to participate effectively in gender and development-related research, policy-making, and implementation. The course provides a thorough grounding in policy and planning skills.

Entry requirements

A 1st- or upper 2nd-Class undergraduate Honours degree in the social sciences or a related discipline, and preferably 2 years' development-related work experience. Applications must be accompanied by a detailed, 2-page personal statement.

Course modules

Autumn term: Ideas in development and policy, evidence and practice; key issues in gender and development; theoretical perspectives in gender and development. Spring term: Doing gender and development and 2 15-credit modules from a range of options, which may include: Aid and poverty; analysing poverty, vulnerability and inequality; climate change and development; decentralisation and local government; emerging powers and international development; global governance; impact evaluation; management of public finance; nutrition; politics of implementing gender and development; poverty, violence and conflict; reflective practice and social change; unruly politics. Spring and summer terms: Introduction to Research; summer term: You work on your dissertation.

Assessment methods

Assessment is primarily through term papers of 3,000-5,000 words, coursework assignments, presentations, practical exercises and, for some modules, examinations, as well as a final 10,000-word dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 14,450 per Year 1 (England) 12 months
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 14,450 per Year 1 (International) 12 months
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 14,450 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 12 months
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 14,450 per Year 1 (Scotland) 12 months
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 14,450 per Year 1 (Wales) 12 months
MA Part-time October 2016 - 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Sussex House Brighton BN1 9RH South East

Key information

Telephone number: 
01273 606261