Taught course

Gender and Development

University of Sussex · Institute of Development Studies - IDS

Entry requirements

You should normally have an upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above in the social sciences or a related subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Months of entry


Course content

Having recently celebrated its 30th anniversary, this is one of the longest running courses 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 of specific issues such as:

  • women’s empowerment
  • political economy and the environment
  • masculinities and patriarchy.

Our groundbreaking 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, policy-making and programme implementation.

We're home to some of the world's leading thinkers on gender and development. 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.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Course Enquiries