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MSc Gender, Development and Globalisation

About the MSc programme

This distinctive interdisciplinary programme focuses on the theoretical analysis of gender, central to developing the necessary analytical understanding to inform policy making and prepares students for independent research leading to an academic career.

This programme aims to:

  • Give students a thorough understanding of economic and social processes that shape the contemporary global world and their gendered outcomes; a knowledge of how gender is theorised, understood and incorporated into development analysis, practice and policy.
  • Be of great intellectual value to any student seeking to understand gender issues in a global and transnational context and those seeking to do further research in this field.

This programme is ideal for students with an upper second or first class honours degree (or equivalent). We will consider applicants with a good first degree in any discipline who have (and can demonstrate) a special interest and/or practical experience in this area.

Programme details

Assessment varies by course but generally consists of a mixture of continuous assessment and unseen examinations. The Gender Institute holds a research seminar series with external speakers fortnightly throughout term time which extends and consolidates issues raised in the main courses. A series of dissertation workshops are held during the Lent term and are compulsory.

All students on the programme will have an academic adviser who will be allocated upon arrival. A dissertation supervisor will be allocated in the Lent term.

The programme is composed of two compulsory courses and a dissertation, plus optional courses to the equivalent of one full unit.

Compulsory courses

(* half unit) 

Students will be expected to choose courses to the value of one unit from a range of options.

Please read the following important information before referring to full details of course options found in the Programme Regulations.

The programme regulations available are for the current academic session and may be subject to change before the beginning of the next academic year. For more information about course availability in the next academic session, please contact the relevant academic department. The School reserves the right at all times to withdraw, suspend or alter particular courses and syllabuses, and to alter the level of fees. Courses are on occasion capped (limited to a maximum number of students) or subject to entry conditions requiring the approval of the course convenor. The School cannot guarantee that places on specific courses will be available.

Graduate destinations

The interdisciplinary nature of gender studies means that graduates are equipped with a broad range of knowledge and skills that can be applied in a variety of areas. They are able to bring highly desirable gender analysis skills to a wide variety of settings, including: government departments, international institutions (including the EU and World Bank), the media and publishing, charities, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), private consultancy firms, education and research. Many of our graduates continue to study for PhDs and go on to work in academia.


Application code: Y2U3 (check availability)

Start date: 24 September 2015

Duration: 12 months full-time; 24 months part-time

Intake/applications in 2013: 28/119

Minimum entry requirement: 2:1 degree in any discipline 
(see entry requirements)

English requirement: Standard (see English requirements)

GRE/GMAT requirement: None

Fee level: UK/EU £12,024; overseas £18,600

Financial support: Graduate Support Scheme (see Fees and financial support)

Application deadline: None – rolling admissions but recommended to apply before end June

A photo of Dikshya Thapa, an LSE student