Global Development (Gender), M.A.

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  • 12 months
    Duration
  • Tuition Fee
  • English
    Language
University rank #101 (ARWU) ,
MA Global Development and Gender combines a broad interdisciplinary insight into development theories and strategies with a specialisation in gender issues.

About

This programme examines political, economic, and socio-cultural transformations in the Global South and interrogates the dynamics, challenges and opportunities confronting its societies – with a focus on gender issues in development.

You’ll learn about the experiences and viewpoints of people and nations of the Global South regarding development issues, as well as the inter-relationships between global, national and local actors in contested strategies for development.

You’ll also review strategies, programmes and policies in development, including organisations and donors promoting development, and assess the progress made by different development actors towards key international development goals.

You’ll explore controversies at the centre of contemporary development challenges and analyse both the theories and realities of development, to understand the different approaches, practices and discourses involved.

Programme Structure

Compulsory Modules

Gender, Globalisation and Development 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.

Global Inequalities and Development provides you with an understanding of why and how the world’s inequalities produce advantages and disadvantages in development. You will cover economic, social, and political inequalities to lay the foundation for discussions about poverty, dispossession, food, environment and aid. You will also explore how social movements in the global south claim rights and thereby challenge global inequalities.

Dissertation: Global Development and Gender 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

You will also be required to study between two and four of the following optional modules:

- Africa in the Contemporary World
- Conflict, Complex Emergencies and Global Governance
- Contemporary Issues in Religion and Gender
- Democracy and Development
- Development Management Techniques
- Global Justice
- Global Politics of Health: Power and Inequity
- International Political Economy
- Political Economy of Resources and Development
- Research Methodology for Development
- The Politics of the Israel-Palestine Conflict
- The Rise of China
- Chinese Politics
- China’s Development
- Religions and Global Development

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
Check if you match the admission requirements

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    7.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:

    92

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

A 2.1 honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject area e.g. development studies, sociology, social policy, geography.
A minimum IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with at least 6 in all components.

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 internet-based test: 92, with minimum scores of 21 in listening, 21 in reading, 23 in speaking and 22 in writing.
  • A minimum IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with at least 6 in all components.
  • PTE Academic score of at least 64 with not less than 60 in listening, reading, speaking and writing.
  • Applicants should note that the requirement for MA Politics (Parliamentary) is a minimum of 8.0 average, with at least 7.5 in all components.

Tuition Fee

Funding

Please see the University of Leeds website and the School of Politics and International Studies website

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