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Full time | Institute of Development Studies | 1 year | SEP

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1 year

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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Gender Studies

Course type


Course Summary

Having recently celebrated its 30th anniversary, the Masters in Gender Studies 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 using an inter-sectional lens on specific issues such as:

  • women’s economic and political empowerment
  • political economy, environment, and feminist mobilisation for social justice
  • sexuality, masculinity, and disability

Our ground-breaking 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, policymaking, and programme implementation.

This degree is based at IDS, which has been at the cutting edge of debates on Gender and Development for the last 50 years. You’ll benefit from our international research faculty’s sector-specific 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.

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.

Assessment criteria

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

Career opportunities

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

Recent graduates have gone on to work in:

  • European Women’s Lobby
  • International NGOs including Concern International, Oxfam and Greenpeace
  • The International Development Research Centre
  • UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office
  • UN Agencies including UNWomen, UNFPA and UNHCR (UN Refugee Agency)


This module belongs to summer term. Following the submission date for Semester 2 coursework, you're required to undertake an individual project based on original research, which culminates in a ten thousand word dissertation. Most students will rely on secondary sources.

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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 CV and detailed personal statement of approximately 800 words, explaining why you are applying for the degree and the relevance of your previous experience.