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MSc Gender, Policy and Inequalities

About the MSc programme

This programme uses contemporary gender theory to investigate social policy, planning and practice in an international and comparative context and to examine gender and social policy with an emphasis on the issues facing either less economically developed or European countries.

The programme is intended for graduates with an upper second class honours degree in the social sciences, or relevant humanities discipline.

This interdisciplinary MSc provides advanced study in the application of gender theory to social policy, planning and practice. It aims to give students a grounded understanding of the concepts and theories relevant to a gender analysis of social policy in a global and comparative context. The teaching will focus on stimulating independent thought on gender and gendered inequalities.

Programme details  

All students follow three half unit compulsory courses. The first compulsory course, Gender Theories in the Modern World: An Interdisciplinary Approach, provides a foundation in gender theory. For the second compulsory course students can choose between Gender and Social Policy: Theory and Practice or Gender Population and Policy. Students then choose one out of three policy-focused half units with either a European policy perspective or critical development studies perspective. In addition to these compulsory course requirements, students must complete another one and a half units of taught courses. Students can choose from a range of optional courses across the School, but no more than one full unit of these can be taken outside of the Gender Institute. Finally, students must also complete a 10,000 word dissertation on an approved topic. The dissertation should reflect learning from both the social policy and gender components of the MSc.

A series of dissertation workshops are held during the academic year and are compulsory. The Gender Institute holds a number of research seminars throughout the academic year. These seminars, which are delivered by eminent scholars both from within and outside the LSE community, provide opportunities for students to extend and consolidate issues raised in courses.

All students on the programme will have an academic adviser who will be allocated upon arrival. Dissertation supervision is allocated in the Lent term. 

Compulsory courses

(* half unit)

Students will be expected to choose courses to the value of one and a half units from a wide range of options offered within the Gender Institute and across the school.

You can find the most up-to-date list of optional courses for MSc Gender, Policy and Inequalities in the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar.

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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 professional and academic settings. Our graduates are equipped with critical and analytic skills that are highly valued by a number of employers, 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: Y2U5 (check availability)

Start date: 22 September 2016

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

Intake/applications in 2014: 23/89

Minimum entry requirement: 2:1 in social science or relevant humanities discipline (see entry requirements)

English requirement: Standard (see English requirements)

GRE/GMAT requirement: None

Fee level: UK/EU £12,504; overseas £19,344

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

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