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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 11.3k
  • Foreign: $ 24.4k
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English
  • Deadline:
  • 14 September

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    This masters degree will:

    * develop your knowledge of the gender dimensions of research, analysis, policy and practice in relation to education in low- and middle-income countries
    * encourage you to reflect on theory, practice and reseach, critically review arguments and advance your own analysis
    * encourage you to consider how developing countries connect with more affluent and powerful regions of the world
    * enable you to research aspects of education, gender and international development of personal and/or professional importance


    This masters degree provides opportunities to:

    * look at a range of current issues and debates, including discussions and girls' access to and achievement sin school; femininities, masculinities and gender relations within education; the ways in which the state and civil society shape the politics of gender and education; and approaches to social justice and education
    * make a study visit to Paris (not included in the tuition fee) incorporating UNESCO and the International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP)
    * study at least one module online

    How are you assessed?

    By coursework assignments of up to 5,000 words and a 20,000-word dissertation or 10,000-word report.

    Length of programme

    One year full-time or two years part-time


    Mixed mode, including face-to-face sessions during the day and evening, intensive courses and online learning.

    Interested in finding out more? Why not come along to our open evening, Tuesday 11 September, 5pm-7pm in central London? For further information and to book your place, please visit

    Core topics

    * Gender, education and development
    * Education in low- and middle-income countries

    Related topics

    * Development education in the era of globalisation
    * Gender: theory and practice in education
    * Introduction to social research
    * Justice: contemporary social issues and perspectives
    * Learning and teaching in the context of Education for All

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.

    University requirements

    Program requirements

    Entry requirementsA good first degree or equivalent and, normally, appropriate experience in a low- or middle-income country.Proficiency in EnglishIf your first language is not English, the Institute will need proof of your proficiency in English. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 7 TOEFL paper-based test score : 650 TOEFL iBT® test: 114 IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

    Centenary Scholarships for Overseas Students

    Applications for the IOE Centenary Scholarships are now closed. This year, thanks to the generous support of our donors and staff, we were able to offer three Masters scholarships.

    For these awards, the IOE encourages applications from those who plan to work either in their home country, or another, to improve the circumstances of disadvantaged, excluded or underachieving citizens. We are particularly interested in hearing how a proposed programme of study would enable applicants to address these issues, and are keen to receive applications from potential students who would not be able to undertake this level of study without the scholarship.

    The scholarships cover the cost of tuition fees and provide a bursary for living expenses for one academic year.

    The Diana Leonard Alumni Centenary Scholarship is open to students studying gender who come from a low-income country.



    Education is critically important - in enabling individuals to lead fulfilling lives, and in building fair, cohesive and prosperous societies. The Institute is passionate about furthering education in its broadest sense, for all, and supporting those who make it possible.

    To this end, our mission is to promote excellence in education and related areas of social research and professional practice through advancing knowledge and understanding.

    Our work is rooted in a commitment to truth, critical reason and social justice. It is through the Institute's independent voice and unique breadth and depth of specialism, across the foundation disciplines of education, the social sciences and the humanities, that we are able to make an exceptionally rich and insightful contribution to this vital endeavour.

    We pursue our mission by:

    * undertaking outstanding research of national and international significance;
    * offering high-quality research-informed and practice-orientated learning and teaching;
    * applying our expertise to enhance educational and social practice, systems and services;
    * supporting public engagement with and the impact of educational and social research;
    * producing and providing access to national resources for research in these fields;
    * engaging with our alumni to enrich the Institute as a community of practice;
    * working in close partnership with organisations that share our values and aspirations.

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