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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    University of Sussex

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Having recently celebrated its 30th anniversary, this is one of the longest running degrees on gender and development.

You will gain a solid understanding of debates in feminist thinking and link them to gendered policy and programming. You will develop in-depth knowledge for gendered analysis using an intersectional lens on issues such as:

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

Our groundbreaking work challenges ideas about gender. We work with nuanced, fluid perspectives on gender and sex, and the ways they interact. You will gain the skills required to participate effectively in gender- and development-related research, policymaking, and programme implementation.

This degree is based at the Institute of Development Studies. You’ll benefit from our international research faculty’s expertise and our 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.


Our graduates become specialists and advisers in gender and human rights for governments and development organisations worldwide. This includes 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 for:

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

Application deadline

01 September 2022

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 18,975per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Sussex

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  • Campus address

    University of Sussex, Sussex House, Brighton, Brighton & Hove, BN1 9RH, England

The city of Brighton & Hove is world famous for its openness and inclusivity. The city is only one hour from London and 30 minutes from Gatwick airport.
With world-leading development courses and highly regarded business programmes, Sussex has a reputation for expertise in sustainability and innovation.
A university with an international reputation, Sussex welcomes students to its friendly community of academics and students of over 150 nationalities.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    25th out of 105 7

  • Entry standards

    / Max 212
    137 71%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    60.0 60%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.90 78%



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