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Gender and International Development (MA) (2020 Entry)

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  • Course Code
  • P-M9P7
  • Course Type
  • Postgraduate Taught
  • Qualification
  • MA
  • Duration
  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time: 2 years
  • Location of Study
  • University of Warwick

Question the concepts surrounding gender and international development on Warwick's MA. Offered by Warwick's Sociology Department, ranked 6th in the UK (REF 2014), you will be able to choose from a wide range of cutting-edge specialist modules, looking out how gender is cross-cut by other differences, including sexuality, race and social class.

If you’re interested in questioning the concepts of gender and development, and giving priority to issues and debates identified within specific countries – rather than relying on predominantly western literature – then this is the programme for you. It is an international, interdisciplinary and analytical course. It does not assume that development is about the ‘third world’ modelling itself on the west, nor about women modelling themselves on men.

Core Modules

  • Gender, Analysis and Development Practice
  • Gender, Imperialism and International Development
  • Dissertation (year 1 full time and year 2 part-time)

Optional Modules

You can take four optional modules, at least one from List (A) and one from List (B). Further modules can be taken from any list but no more than one outside option can normally be taken, from the list of Recommended Outside Options (List D) or, by agreement with the Course Convenor, one module offered by another Department or Centre within the Faculty of Social Sciences.

List A

  • Market Life: Wealth and Poverty in Global Capitalism
  • Social Research for Social Change
  • The Sociology of Urban Life
  • Postcolonial Theory and Politics
  • Transnational Media Ecologies
  • Feminist Pedagogy Feminist Activism
  • Queering Sociology
  • Indigenous and Global South Feminisms

List B

  • Qualitative Methods in Social Research
  • Quantitative Methods in Social Research
  • Understanding Social Science

List C

  • Politics and Social Theory
  • Capitalism, State and Market
  • State of the Art of Sociology
  • Sociology of End Times
  • Prisons, Punishment and Penal Policy: A Comparative Perspective
  • Research Design, Workflow and Data Management
  • Fundamentals in Quantitative Research
  • Advanced Quantitative Research

List D

  • Women’s Human Rights & Global Justice


Each of our MA courses has specified core modules which will be studied alongside a range of optional modules. You’ll be required to choose four optional modules from our departmental list. All our MA courses follow a consistent structure meaning that you will follow a programme of taught modules, followed by a 15,000 word dissertation.

Contact Hours

Each module consists of at least 20 hours of teaching. Many modules are taught in 2 hour seminars of 10-15 students. Others follow a 1 hour lecture and 1 hour class format. You will also have a supervisor for your dissertation, who you will meet regularly to support this independent research project.

Class Sizes

Class sizes can range from 6 to 30 students, dependent on each module.


Taught modules are assessed through written assignments. You will focus on your 15-000 word dissertation after the end of Spring Term.

Skills from this degree

  • Ability to analyse and evaluate development policy
  • Ability to analyse and evaluate development practices
  • Ability to analyse gendered effects of development policy and practice
  • Ability to carry out independent research
  • Ability to understand and assess claims to knowledge made by a range of relevant disciplines
  • Ability to write about complex ideas in a clear way

Minimum requirements 2:i undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a related subject

English language requirements Band B
IELTS overall score of 7.0, minimum component scores of two at 6.0/6.5 and the rest at 7.0 or above

International Students
We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.

Department advice

Department specific advice on applying to ensure your application has the best chance for success.

10% Alumni Discount Scheme
If you are a Graduate of the University of Warwick and are of home or overseas fee status, you will be able to access a 10% tuition fee discount on this course.

Graduate Award Scheme 2020
We want to reward our loyal students and graduates of Warwick during a time like no other. We are introducing our prestigious Warwick Graduate Award Scheme for 2020 entry. You could be eligible for 30% off tuition fees. You will be automatically considered if you apply and accept your place by 31 July 2020.

Warwick Taught Masters Scholarship Scheme

Funding: Up to £10,000 toward tuition fees

Eligibility: Home/EU students on any MA programme in Sociology entering in 2020 from under represented groups

Deadline: TBC

Sociology Departmental Scholarship

Funding: £5,000 for full-time applicants and £2,500 over 2 years for part-time applicants 10 awards available: 5 for Home and EU candidates, 5 for Overseas candidates

Eligibility: Any offer holder on a taught Masters programme in Sociology entering in 2020

Deadline: 24 June 2020

Apply now: Download application form

Alumni Scholarship

Funding: £2,500 for full-time applicants and £1,250 over 2 years for part-time applicants Funding will automatically be offset against your tuition fees

Eligibility: Any Warwick Alumni applying for 2020 entry to a taught Masters programme in Sociology who have obtained at least a 2:1

Deadline: Submit your MA application by 31 July 2020

Li Xiaoming Scholarship

Funding: A scholarship for a one year taught masters in memory if Li Xiaoming worth up to £20,000 (payment of up to £20,000 towards tuition fees)

Eligibility: Be a national of the People's Republic of China and applying for a taught masters course starting October 2020.

Deadline: 1 April 2020, 23.59 GMT

Additional Course Costs

This course may also include additional course costs.

For other opportunities and up-to-date information concerning fees, funding and scholarships for Home/EU and Overseas students please visit Warwick's Fees and Funding webpage.

Graduates from these courses have gone on to work for employers including: Coventry University, KPMG, Oxfam and Waitrose. They have pursued roles such as: business and financial project management professionals; higher education teaching professionals; IT project and programme managers; legal professionals and research and development managers.

Our department has a dedicated professionally qualified Senior Careers Consultant offering impartial advice and guidance together with workshops and events throughout the year. Previous examples of workshops and events include:

  • Make Your Mark - Careers with a degree in Sociology
  • Working for More than Profit
  • Warwick careers fairs throughout the year
  • Your Sociological future: Sociology Alumni Evening
  • My Sociological Future- What next? Career planning for undecided Sociology finalists

There are a number of different ways to visit the University of Warwick throughout the year. We host bespoke PG visits, where you can talk directly with your chosen department and explore our campus through a personalised tour. Some departments also host their own events and open days, where you can learn more about your department or course of study. To find out more about all of these opportunities, visit our Postgraduate Visits page.