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  • Entry requirements
    Entry requirements for POLIS MA programmes

    If you wish to apply for these programmes, you should normally hold a good honours degree (upper second class or first class) in a Social Science discipline, or an equivalent professional qualification. Relevant experience will be taken into account.

    However, if you have a good degree in, say, the natural sciences, humanities or languages, you may also apply, particularly if you have appropriate work experience.

    If you narrowly missed securing an upper second result, you should inform us of your circumstances so that your case can be considered on an individual basis.

    Language requirements

    Successful completion of a postgraduate degree demands facility in English. It is a requirement that essays and dissertations be well-written. Prospective and intending students whose first language is not English will need to ensure that their linguistic proficiency is adequate. They may need to undertake some language training in the University or elsewhere.

    The School has a minimum requirement.

    * TOEFL score on the paper-based test: at least, 580 with 4.0 on the Test of Written English (TWE).

    * TOEFL score on the internet-based test: 94, with minimum scores of 20 in listening, 23 in reading, 23 in speaking and 24 in writing.

    * TOEFL score on the computer-based test: at least, 240 with 4.0 on essay rating.


    A minimum IELTS (academic) score of 6.5 with at least 6 in all components.

    University Language Centre

    The School keeps its requirements under review and may request a higher level of proficiency.

    The University's Language Centre offers specialised pre-sessional English language programmes, which are suitable for students going on to study in the Institute. These programmes are also useful in helping students acclimatise to the UK academic environment.
  • Course description

    This course offers you ...
    • development studies from a critical perspective.
    • an insight into the gender and the developing world.
    • experience gained from almost twenty-five years of teaching development studies at postgraduate level.
    • a flexible programme combining core courses with a wide range of development-related optional courses.

    If you …
    • are interested in issues of global poverty and gender.
    • have experience of working in the developing world or wish to do so.
    • wish to challenge and contest mainstream ideas on international development.
    • want to combine theoretical discussion with practical policy evaluation.

    ... then MA Global Development and Gender could be the right course for you.

    MA Global Development and Gender
    combines a broad interdisciplinary insight into development theories and strategies with a specialisation in gender issues.

    This course gives you the opportunity to examine alternative theoretical approaches in the analysis of developing countries, and combine this understanding with theories relating to gender. You will focus on theories of development, development strategy and project appraisal, and examine key issues in globalisation from a gender perspective.

    You will explore the different gender and development approaches within development assistance, and study the history of global women and development initiatives, including the UN-Beijing process. You will look at population sex ratios, employment and migration, and analyse new economic policy approaches, including structural adjustment.

    You will also study key gender and development issues, such as gender-based violence, climate and environmental change, and education and literacy.

    MA Global Development and Gender is available on a 12-month full-time basis (or 24 months on a part-time basis).

    The course has three compulsory modules, with a further 60 credits worth of optional modules.

    Compulsory Modules
    Development Theories, Strategies and Issues (30 credits) is an introductory module to the field of development studies and takes an interdisciplinary approach. You will focus upon theories of development, substantive issues of development, development strategy and project appraisal.

    Gender, Globalisation and Development (30 credits) critically examines key issues in globalisation from a gender perspective. You will examine industrialisation, employment, livelihood strategies, migration and key development issues such as gender-based violence, climate and environmental change, education and literacy, from different regional perspectives.

    Dissertation: Global Development and Gender (60 credits) leads you through the process of developing a deeper understanding of a particular topic in development studies and gender through independent research and the preparation of an extended piece of writing. You agree a research topic with your supervisor and write a 12,000 word dissertation that demonstrates your research skills, your ability to assess information, and appraise relevant concepts and theories.

    Optional Modules
    To complete a total of 180 credits, you also choose 60 credits worth of modules from the following list.
    • Other Wars: Conflict in a Gendered Perspective (30 credits)
    • Conflict, Complex Emergencies and Global Governance (30 credits)
    • Democratisation and Multi-Party Politics in Africa (30 credits)
    • Education in Development (30 credits)
    • Famine and Food Security (30 credits)
    • Development Management Techniques (15 credits)
    • Research Methodology for Development (15 credits)
    • The EU and the Developing World (30 credits)
    • Environmental Politics and Policy (30 credits)
    • Sustainable Security and Stability (30 credits)
    • Political Economy of Resources and Development (30 credits)
    • Democracy and Development (30 credits)

    This programme is currently being confirmed for 2010/11, please note module options may be subject to change.

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