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What will I learn?

Critically engage with debates around the relationships between gender, violence and conflict. You’ll consider perspectives from anthropology, international relations, sociology and law.

You’ll have the opportunity to explore critical and feminist approaches to social research and its ethics. The course focuses on:

  • gendered experiences of violence
  • conflict and peace militarisation
  • masculinities and femininities
  • representations, embodiments and the institutionalisation of violence.

You’ll be based in the School of Global Studies, which is a unique interdisciplinary school. Our international faculty undertake cutting-edge research, and we run a distinctive programme of guest lectures, research seminars and events. Our campus is also home to an active student body, hosting frequent debates, lectures, films and social events covering global and political issues.


This MA is for you if you’re working in – or planning to work in – the fields of:

  • international development and diplomacy (including on gender, gender-based violence, conflict and security, and peace-building)
  • the charity sector/NGOs
  • various activist movements, women’s rights, and peace and justice nationally or internationally.

The MA is also excellent preparation for a PhD in Anthropology, Gender Studies, International Relations or International Development.

Which department am I in?


Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£18,500.00 (US$ 25,463) per year
This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected August 2022

Start date

Expected September 2022


University of Sussex

Sussex House,


Brighton & Hove,

BN1 9RH, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students need to have bachelors degree with CGPA 3.0/4.0 or 3.3-3.5/4.0 depending on your university.

For international students

Degree requirements- You should normally have an upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above. Subject-specific requirements- Your undergraduate degree should preferably be in a social sciences or humanities subject; alternatively, you should have relevant professional experience or engagement. IELTS (Academic): Standard level (6.0 overall, including at least 5.5 in each component); TOEFL (iBT): Standard – 80 overall, including at least 17 in Listening, 18 in Reading, 20 in Speaking, 17 in Writing.

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


About University of Sussex

In the vibrant coastal city of Brighton, Sussex offers a world-class education, real-world employability and an unforgettable student experience.

  • Ranked 20th in the UK and 160th in the world (THE WUR 2021)
  • Outstanding research reputation & excellent job prospects
  • Continual investment in facilities & the student experience
  • Beautiful campus with a welcoming global community