The MA Education, Gender and International Development will develop your understanding of the gender dimensions of research, analysis, policy and practice in relation to education in low- and middle-income countries. It will encourage you to consider the relationships and power dynamics between poorer and wealthier regions of the world.
Modes and duration
Part time/flexible students typically take one module each term.
Tuition fees (2021/22)
Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees. Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session.
Applicants should normally hold a minimum of a second-class UK Bachelor's degree or overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, 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 country. Applicants who do not meet these criteria will occasionally be considered on the basis of an excellent personal statement that explains how other experience relating to international development supports their application.
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: Good
UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
This programme is suitable for international students on a Tier 4 visa - study must be full-time, face-to-face, starting October.
International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.
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About this degree
The programme provides you with the opportunity to follow a course of study unique in the UK. You will explore a range of current issues and debates, including:
- Discussions about gender inequalities in access to schooling, and in experiences and achievements within and through school and other forms and sites of education
- Femininities, masculinities and gender relations within education
- Links between gender, education and work
- Ways in which the state and society (historical and contemporary) shape the politics of gender, education and development
- Approaches to social justice, gender and education
You will need to undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of two core modules (60 credits), two optional modules (60 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits). The programme can be taken on campus, online (distance), or a combination of both (mixed mode). Please select your mode of study at point of application. Distance and mixed mode options are not available to students applying for a Tier 4 visa.
Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MA in Education, Gender and International Development.
Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.
- Education and International Development: Concepts, Theories and Issues
- Gender, Education and Development
Students select two optional modules from a range across UCL Institute of Education (IOE) Master's-level offering, including:
- African Studies and Education
- Education, Conflict and Peace
- Education during Emergency Situations
- Education and Development in Asia
- Education and Muslim Communities
- Gender, Sexuality and Education
- Learners, Learning and Teaching in the Context of Education for All
- Migration, Education and Development
- Planning for Education and Development
- Promoting Health and Wellbeing: Planning, Practice and Participation
- Reimagining 'Disaster Education': Perspectives and Methodologies
Visit the UCL Institute of Education website for more information, including module descriptions, which can be seen by clicking on the module title.
All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation (60 credits) of up to 19,000 words, focusing on some aspect of gender, education and development in a low- or middle-income context.
You may undertake fieldwork in relation to your research for your dissertation, but it is not a requirement. If you do undertake fieldwork, it must be self-funded.
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.
For each 30 credit taught module you are expected to contribute 300 learning hours (a little over 37 days at 8 hours per day). Direct teaching accounts for 30 hours, assignment tutorial(s) 1 hour, and the remaining hours consist of your own self-directed study such as, preparation for classes and online learning activities, reading (individual and with other students), searching for new literature related to your area of interest, assignment preparation and completion.
For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.
- Applications for this scholarship are now closed for 2021/22
- Full fees, flights, stipend, and other allowances (1 year)
- Based on both academic merit and financial need
- Full tuition fees and accommodation (1 year)
- Based on both academic merit and financial need
- Tuition fees, stipend, flights (1 year)
- Based on both academic merit and financial need
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
Graduates of this programme work across a broad range of areas and in a range of contexts worldwide. Some work as specialist professionals in NGOs and international development organisations, while others have jobs as teachers and education managers. Graduates also work as government officials, civil servants and university lecturers.
If you participate fully in the programme, you should be able to:
- Reflect critically on debates concerning education, gender and international development
- Understand the ways in which knowledge both 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 analysis for your own future practice and professional development
- Use oral and written communication skills in order to make arguments, examine evidence and creatively advance this field 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. Policy seminars and a vibrant student/alumni group provide excellent networking opportunities.
Students benefit from an extraordinarily powerful learning community which links research, policy and practice.
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.
There is an application processing fee for this programme of £90 for online applications and £115 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.
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.
- All applicants
- 31 May 2021
Early applications are strongly encouraged.
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
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.
Please make sure that your personal statement also clearly explains the nature and length of your experience of living/working in a low- or middle-income country.
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