Institute of Education


Education, Gender and International Development


The Education, Gender and International Development MA will develop a student's understanding of the gender dimensions of research, analysis, policy and practice in relation to education in low- and middle-income countries. It will encourage them to consider how developing countries connect with more affluent and powerful regions of the world.

Degree Information

The programme provides students with the opportunity to follow a course of study unique in the UK, looking at a range of current issues and debates, including discussions about girls’ access to and achievements in school; femininities, masculinities and gender relations within education; the ways in which the state and society shapes the politics of gender and education; and approaches to social justice and education.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of two core modules (60 credits), and either two optional modules (60 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits), or three optional modules (90 credits) and a report (30 credits).

Core Modules
Education and International Development: Concepts, Theories and Issues
Gender, Education and Development
Students select either two or three optional modules from a range across UCL Institute of Education (IOE) Master's-level offering, including:
Economic Perspectives of Education Policy
Education and Development in Asia
Education and Muslim Communities
Education, Conflict and Fragility
Gender, Sexuality and Education
Learners, Learning and Teaching in the Context of Education for All
Planning for Education and Development
Promoting Health and Wellbeing: Planning, Practice and Participation

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in either a 20,000-word dissertation or 10,000-word report.

Teaching and Learning

Teaching is delivered by lectures or other structured inputs by staff; participant-led presentations and discussions based on selected readings or a clearly specified project; tutor-led seminars; workshops; problem/issue-based paired and small group work; occasional debates and occasional invited speakers; reflections on film and video inputs. Assessment is via various forms of coursework including discursive essays, critical analysis of empirical research, reviews of literature, and the dissertation or report.

Key Information

Modes and duration
  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time: 2 years
  • Flexible: up to 4 years
  • Mixed mode learning: available
Programme start date
January 2016, October 2016, January 2017
Tuition Fees (2016/17)
£7,145 (FT)
£15,525 (FT)
Application deadlines
January 2016 entry
Open: 19 October 2015
Close: 7 December 2015
October 2016 entry
Open: 19 October 2015
Close: 29 July 2016
Fees note: Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally hold a minimum of a second-class UK Bachelor's degree and demonstrate commitment and genuine interest in issues relating to gender, education and international development. They will normally have a minimum of six months' experience living/working in a low/middle-income context./country. Applicants who do not meet these criteria may sometimes be considered on the basis of an excellent personal statement. Applicants are encouraged to make informal contact with the programme leader to discuss expectations and other matters of detail.

English Language Requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Special. Only the IELTS or a pass to the required standard in the Institute of Education's pre-sessional English (PASHE) course are accepted. If taking IELTS, applicants must obtain an overall grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in the reading subtest and 6.0 in the writing subtest.

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

Select your country:


Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed (where available) below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

IOE Centenary Masters Scholarships - NOW CLOSED FOR 2016/17 ENTRY
Overseas students
IOE Centenary Research Scholarships - NOW CLOSED FOR 2016/17 ENTRY
EU students
IOE COLFUTURO Fee Partnership
UCL provides a 25% contribution towards tuition fees. (1 year)
Overseas students
Based on academic merit
IOE Commonwealth Distance Scholars - NOW CLOSED FOR 2016/17 ENTRY
Fees and some expenses
Overseas students
IOE CONICyT Fee Partnership
IoE provides a 20% contribution towards tuition fees. (1 year)
Overseas students
IOE Erasmus Bursary
£350/month (1)
UK, EU, Overseas students
IOE Fulbright
Overseas students
IOE Vietnam International Education Development Scholarships - PGT
Overseas students
IOE Windle Trust Scholarship
Overseas students

More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website


Graduates of this programme are currently working across a broad range of areas. Some are working as specialist professionals in NGOs and international development organisations, while others have jobs as teachers and education managers. Graduates can also be found working as government officials, civil servants and university lecturers worldwide.


It is intended that students who have participated fully in the programme will be able to:

  • Reflect critically on debates concerning education, gender and international development
  • Understand the ways in which knowledge forms, and is formed by, education politics, policy, practice and research in national settings in low- and middle-income countries, and in transnational organisations
  • Consider the implications of theory, research and analyses developed through class discussions for their own future practice and professional development
  • Use oral and written communication skills in order to make arguments, examine evidence and creatively advance this area of inquiry
  • Understand processes entailed in research and conduct a small research study.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The Department of Education, Practice and Society at UCL Institute of Education is the well-established home of an interdisciplinary grouping bringing together high-quality teaching and research in the history, sociology and philosophy of education and international development.

The department has extensive experience and expertise in education planning, health and gender in Africa, Asia and Latin America; 'policy sociology'; education, equality and human rights; issues of gender, 'race', sexuality, disability and social class. Visits to international organisations, policy seminars and a vibrant student/alumni group provide excellent networking opportunities.

Linking research, policy and practice, students benefit from an extraordinarily powerful learning community.

Department: Education, Practice & Society

Application and next steps


Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

This programme is suited to professionals with an interest in gender, education and development, who would like to reflect and build on their experience of working in these areas.

Application deadlines
January 2016 entry
7 December 2015
October 2016 entry
29 July 2016

For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
  • why you want to study Education, Gender and International Development at graduate level
  • why you want to study this programme at UCL
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.