What will I learn?

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.

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) shapes 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.


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.


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.

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.


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.

Which department am I in?

Education, Practice & Society

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£23,300.00 (23,86,996) per year
Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary.

This is a fixed fee
Start date

September 2021


London, Bloomsbury

17-19, Gordon Street,


WC1H 0AH, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students who want to enter to graduate programmes at UCL usually require either an upper second-class (2:1) or a lower second-class (2:2) undergraduate degree. Students need to have Bachelor's degree with a final CGPA of 3.3/4.0 are considered for Upper second-class (2:1) and students with final CGPA of 3.0/4.0 are considered for Lower second-class (2:2).

For international students

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. IELTS: Overall grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each of the subtests. TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 100 with 24/30 in reading and writing and 20/30 in speaking and listening.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.