Programmes

MSc Women, Peace and Security

  • Graduate taught
  • Department of Gender Studies
  • Application code L2US
  • Starting 2018

This unique, multidisciplinary programme is concerned with the ways in which women and gender are understood in relation to, and affected by, regional, national and global peace and security processes in conflict and post-conflict settings.

Located in the Centre for Women Peace and Security and administered through the LSE Gender Institute, you will fully participate in its cross-sectoral community of scholars, activists and practitioners from around the world. In addition to regular lectures, you will benefit from guest practitioner seminars, workshops and classes led by experts in the field – Visiting Fellows and Professors, Activists in Residence and other members of the Centre, as well as by faculty from other departments at LSE. The programme will make use of empirical material and case studies that are national and transnational in scope, and will incorporate interdisciplinary texts and perspectives from theory, policy, and practice.

This programme will be suitable for mid-career professionals working in conflict and post-conflict settings; in humanitarian assistance; UN field offices; and peace governance roles. It will also be suitable for early-career students who would like to work in the field, in any number of roles.

Programme details

Key facts

MSc Women, Peace and Security
Start date 27 September 2018
Application deadline None – rolling admissions. However please note the funding deadlines
Duration 12 months full-time only
Applications 2016 New programme for 2017
Intake 2016 New programme for 2017
Availability UK/EU: Open 
Overseas: Open 
Tuition fee UK/EU: £13,536
Overseas £20,904
Financial support Graduate support scheme (deadline 26 April 2018)
Minimum entry requirement 2:1 degree or equivalent in relevant discipline
GRE/GMAT requirement None
English language requirements Higher (see 'assessing your application')
Location  Houghton Street, London

For more information about tuition fees and entry requirements, see the fees and funding and assessing your application sections.

Programme structure and courses

You will take four compulsory courses, options to the value of one full unit and a dissertation.

(* denotes a half unit)

Women, Peace and Security*
Provides a critical examination of peace and security issues affecting women in conflict and post conflict contexts. 

Advanced Issues in Women, Peace and Security*
Provides an in-depth examination of peace and security issues affecting women in a global world.

Gender and Militarisation*
Provides an overview of militarisation and its gendered basis and effects. 

Gender and Human Rights*
Delivers a transnational gender perspective on contemporary theories and practices of rights/human rights and humanitarianism.

Dissertation

Courses to the value of one unit from a range of options

You can find the most up-to-date list of optional courses in the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar.

You must note however that while care has been taken to ensure that this information is up to date and correct, a change of circumstances since publication may cause the School to change, suspend or withdraw a course or programme of study, or change the fees that apply to it. The School will always notify the affected parties as early as practicably possible and propose any viable and relevant alternative options. Note that that the School will neither be liable for information that after publication becomes inaccurate or irrelevant, nor for changing, suspending or withdrawing a course or programme of study due to events outside of its control, which includes but is not limited to a lack of demand for a course or programme of study, industrial action, fire, flood or other environmental or physical damage to premises.

You must also note that places are limited on some courses and/or subject to specific entry requirements. The School cannot therefore guarantee you a place. Please note that changes to programmes and courses can sometimes occur after you have accepted your offer of a place. These changes are normally made in light of developments in the discipline or path-breaking research, or on the basis of student feedback. Changes can take the form of altered course content, teaching formats or assessment modes. Any such changes are intended to enhance the student learning experience. You should visit the School’s Calendar, or contact the relevant academic department, for information on the availability and/or content of courses and programmes of study. Certain substantive changes will be listed on the updated graduate course and programme information page.

Teaching and assessment

Contact hours and independent study

Within your programme you will take a number of courses, often including half unit courses and full unit courses. In half unit courses, on average, you can expect 20-30 contact hours in total and for full unit courses, on average, you can expect 40-60 contact hours in total. Hours vary according to courses and you can view indicative details in the Calendar  within the Teaching section of each course guide.

We expect full-time MSc students to spend at least 40 hours a week on their studies.  This combines your face-to-face teaching time in lectures and seminars, as well as reading time, meeting with academics during office hours and general preparation for classes. The amount of time actually spent in class will vary depending on which courses you take (some courses have longer lectures/seminars than others), but you should expect to spend between 5-10 hours a week in class in the first two terms. In the third term, you will be busy preparing for exams and dissertation, so it would be a mistake to expect the work to slow down once teaching has finished for the year.

You are also expected to complete independent study outside of class time. This varies depending on the programme, but requires you to manage the majority of your study time yourself, by engaging in activities such as reading, note-taking, thinking and research.

Teaching methods

Each course generally comprises a series of lectures. As graduate students, an important part of your learning will be done through reading the course literature and discussing the issues in and outside seminars. You should understand that you will be expected in your own written work to go considerably beyond the content and approach of lectures in your subjects. Lectures are intended to fulfil various functions, but they are not a substitute for independent reading and thought. Lectures are intended to provide you with an overview of a particular subject area and its related concepts and issues, and to introduce the most important relevant academic literature. This can mean that lectures will often not be able to achieve the depth of coverage that you will find in the relevant literature.

Lectures also provide you with exposure to the individual styles and approaches of different teachers at LSE. LSE is internationally recognised for its teaching and research and therefore employs a rich variety of teaching staff with a range of experience and status. Courses may be taught by individual members of faculty, such as lecturers, senior lecturers, readers, associate professors and professors. Many departments now also employ guest teachers and visiting members of staff, LSE teaching fellows and graduate teaching assistants who are usually doctoral research students and in the majority of cases, teach on undergraduate courses only. You can view indicative details for the teacher responsible for each course in the relevant course guide.

The programme will incorporate interactive teaching in lectures and active student participation-led seminars. A range of media will be introduced (including films and photojournalism), as well as a variety of seminar activities from small group work, debates, presentations and café style workshops and, if time and resources permit, a film-making project.

Course teaching – lectures and seminars – will be held in the first two terms (Michaelmas and Lent Terms). The third term (Summer term) is dedicated to preparing for examinations and beginning to write the bulk of your dissertation.

Assessment

The programme includes courses which offer a variety of training in methods and interdisciplinary conceptual frameworks. All taught courses are required to include formative coursework which is unassessed. It is designed to help prepare you for summative assessment which counts towards the course mark and to the degree award. Assessments will range from traditional essays and exams to essay-diaries and group projects. An indication of the formative coursework and summative assessment for each course can be found in the relevant course guide.

Extra-curricular activities and learning

As members of the Centre for Women, Peace and Security, you will be part of a cross-sectoral community of scholars, activists and practitioners from around the world, dedicated to developing strategies to promote gender equality and enhance women’s economic, social and political participation and security. Over the course of the year you will benefit from guest practitioner seminars, workshops and masterclasses led by Visiting Fellows and Professors, Activists in Residence and other members of the Centre. A varied extra-curricular programme, drawing upon practitioners and policy-makers as well as scholars, will complement the rigorous, analytical academic content.

Academic support

You will be assigned an academic adviser who will be available for guidance and advice on personal or academic concerns. The academic adviser will be your most important academic link with the Institute and the School. The academic adviser will have set office hours and usually additional times during the first few weeks and will be happy to offer advice on courses, MSc regulations and on administrative matters generally, eg on the prospects of proceeding to higher degrees such as MPhil/PhD.                             

Your academic adviser will not necessarily be your dissertation supervisor. Dissertation supervisors will be allocated once topics have been agreed in the second term.

There are many opportunities to extend your learning outside the classroom and complement your academic studies at LSE. LSE LIFE is the School’s centre for academic, personal and professional development. Some of the services on offer include: guidance and hands-on practice of the key skills you will need to do well at LSE: effective reading, academic writing and critical thinking; workshops related to how to adapt to new or difficult situations, including development of skills for leadership, study/work/life balance and preparing for the world of work; and advice and practice on working in study groups and on cross-cultural communication and teamwork.

LSE is committed to enabling all students to achieve their full potential and the School’s Disability and Wellbeing Service provides a free, confidential service to all LSE students and is a first point of contact for all disabled students.

Preliminary reading

J Butler Gender Trouble  (Routledge, 1999)

S de Beauvoir The Second Sex (Vintage, 1997)

M Evans and C H Williams Gender: The Key Concepts (Routledge, 2012)

M Evans, C Hemmings, H Marsha, H Johnstone, S Madhok, A Plomien and S Wearing The SAGE Handbook of Feminist Theory (Sage Publications, 2014)

I Grewal and C Kaplan Scattered Hegemonies: Postmodernity and Transnational Feminist Practices (Minneapolis Press, 1994)

T Laqueur Making Sex Mass (Harvard University Press, 1990)

M Nussbaum Sex and Social Justice (Oxford University Press, 1999)

S M Okin Is Multiculturalism Bad for Women? (Princeton University Press, 1999)

C Pateman The Sexual Contract (Polity Press, 1998)

R Wiegman Women Studies on Its Own (Duke University Press, 2002)

Careers

We expect the degree to assist our students to advance their careers in conflict and post-conflict settings; in humanitarian assistance; UN field offices; and peace governance roles. 

Further information on graduate destinations for this programme

Support for your career

Many leading organisations give careers presentations at the School during the year, and LSE Careers has a wide range of resources available to assist students in their job search. Find out more about the support available to students through LSE Careers.

Assessing your application

We welcome applications from all suitably qualified prospective students and want to recruit students with the very best academic merit, potential and motivation, irrespective of their background.

We carefully consider each application on an individual basis, taking into account all the information presented on your application form, including your:

- academic achievement (including predicted and achieved grades)
- personal statement
- two academic references
- CV

See further information on supporting documents

You may also have to provide evidence of your English proficiency, although you do not need to provide this at the time of your application to LSE. See our English language requirements.

When to apply

Applications for this programme are considered on a rolling basis, meaning the programme will close once it becomes full. There is no fixed deadline by which you need to apply, however to be considered for any LSE funding opportunity, you must have submitted your application and all supporting documents by the funding deadline. See the fees and funding section for more details. 

Minimum entry requirements for MSc Women, Peace and Security

Upper second class honours degree (2:1) or equivalent in relevant discipline. 

Competition for places at the School is high. This means that even if you meet our minimum entry requirement, this does not guarantee you an offer of admission.

See international entry requirements

Fees and funding

Every graduate student is charged a fee for their programme.

The fee covers registration and examination fees payable to the School, lectures, classes and individual supervision, lectures given at other colleges under intercollegiate arrangements and, under current arrangements, membership of the Students' Union. It does not cover living costs or travel or fieldwork.

Tuition fees 2018/19 for MSc Women, Peace and Security

UK/EU students: £13,536
Overseas students: £20,904

Fee status

The amount of tuition fees you will need to pay, and any financial support you are eligible for, will depend on whether you are classified as a home (UK/EU) or overseas student, otherwise known as your fee status. LSE assesses your fee status based on guidelines provided by the Department of Education.

Further information

Fees and funding opportunities

Fee reduction

Students who completed undergraduate study at LSE and are beginning taught graduate study at the School are eligible for a fee reduction of around 10 per cent of the fee.

Please refer to the Fees Office website for further information.

Scholarships and other funding

The School recognises that the cost of living in London may be higher than in your home town or country, and we provide over £11.5 million in scholarships each year to graduate students from the UK, EU and overseas.

This programme is eligible for needs-based awards from LSE, including the Graduate Support SchemeMaster's Awards, and Anniversary Scholarships.

Selection for any funding opportunity is based on receipt of an application for a place – including all ancillary documents, before the funding deadline.

Funding deadline for needs-based awards from LSE: 26 April 2018.

In addition to our needs-based awards, LSE also makes available scholarships for students from specific regions of the world and awards for students studying specific subject areas.

Check the latest information about scholarship opportunities

Government tuition fee loans and external funding

A postgraduate loan is available from the UK government for eligible students studying for a first master’s programme, to help with fees and living costs. Some other governments and organisations also offer tuition fee loan schemes.

Find out more about tuition fee loans
Find out more about external funding opportunities

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