MA Gender and International Development

University of Warwick Department of Sociology

Program Description

MA Gender and International Development

University of Warwick Department of Sociology

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MA Gender and International Development

The Warwick MA in Gender and International Development is an interdisciplinary, international and critical course which does not assume that development is about the ‘third world’ modelling itself on the west, nor about women modelling themselves on men. The course aims to question the concept of development, particularly western understandings of it, and give priority to issues and debates identified within specific countries under study, rather than relying on predominantly western literature. It argues that gender relations are central to processes of international development, and critiques theory and practice that show no awareness of gender differences.

Core modules address theoretical perspectives on gender and development and their relationship to paradigms in development thought, as well as policymaking and implementation in gender and development. Training in social sciences research is provided through a module that is common across our MA programmes, so students mix with a wider cohort. Students on the MA also undertake independent research under supervision for the dissertation. Optional modules provide opportunities to explore gender and development in relation to substantive issues, such as global capitalism and the labour process; human rights; feminist jurisprudence; the politics of food; postcolonial theory.

The course takes place in one of the UK’s top universities and within the 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 in one of the UK’s top universities. It attracts both development professionals looking to progress their careers and students moving onto graduate study, either as a stepping stone into employment or as preparation for a research degree.

Fees (2014/2015 rates)

Home/EU Students:

  • Full-time £7,050
  • Part-time £3,525

Overseas Students, Band 1:

  • Full-time £15,880
  • Part-time £7,940

Overseas Students, Band 2:

  • Full-time £20,280
  • Part-time £10,140
This school offers programs in:
  • English


The period of study normally required is 12 months full-time and 24 months part-time.

Prospective part-time student who feel they would need a longer period of study in order to complete the MA, because of domestic or other commitments, should contact the course convenors to discuss the availability of a more flexible arrangement.


Our students have gone on to work in development agencies in their own or other countries, in national or local government work, in teaching and education at all levels, in charities, women’s organisations and non-governmental organisations (NGOs), private and public sector management and administration, and academic research, among many other career paths.Those who wish to move into research and / or an academic career may apply to the department to do a MPhil / PhD in Women and Gender Studies.

Entry Requirements

Normally, candidates should have obtained at least an upper second class honours in a first degree from an approved institution in Arts, Sciences or Social Sciences.

Although the MA / Diploma draws predominantly on social science literature, the approach adopted in the course is interdisciplinary, using materials and analytical tools developed from a range of disciplines within social studies, as well as from the humanities and even from certain aspects of scientific writing.

The most important entry criteria are written and verbal analytical skills, which we aim to develop further.

We therefore welcome applicants from any academic background, although you may need to demonstrate that you can write analytically in essay form if your academic background is largely based on quantitative subjects.

If your higher education has not been conducted in English, you will need to fulfil the requirements of the university in a recognised test of English language.

Last updated April 4, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Oct. 2016
12 - 24 months
Part time
Full time
7,050 GBP
Start date Oct. 2016
United Kingdom Coventry, England
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End date Request Info
Duration 12 - 24 months
Price 7,050 GBP
- Home/EU (full-time)