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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 12.9k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 19.9k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English

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    This programme is offered jointly by the Gender Institute and the Department of Social Policy and offers the following benefits:

    * Study within a specialist Gender Institute and the leading British department for Social Policy, rated 5* for the quality of research, both located in the only UK university devoted entirely to the social sciences.
    * An opportunity to use contemporary gender theory to investigate social policy, planning and practice in its international context and to examine gender and social policy from either a developing countries or European perspective.
    * An interdisciplinary approach that enables students to consider theories of gender and social policy from a range of disciplinary perspectives.
    * A training in policy analysis and preparation for theoretical and empirical research in gender and social policy.
    * A choice of options from a wide range of highly rated courses within the Gender Institute and the Department of Social Policy as well as in other departments.

    The programme is intended for graduates with a good upper second class honours degree in the social sciences.

    This 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 context. The teaching will focus on stimulating independent thought on gender and difference and enhancing professional capabilities in the practice of social policy.

    All students follow the two core courses, Gender Theories in the Modern World: An Interdisciplinary Approach, and one half unit, Gender and Social Policy: Theory and Practice. Students then take a further half unit with either a European or development focus. In addition, students take a further combination of courses to the value of one full unit. 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.

    Compulsory courses (* half unit)

    * Gender and Social Policy: Theory and Practice*
    * Either Gender and Development: Geographical Perspectives* or Gender and European Welfare States*
    * Gender Theories in the Modern World: An Interdisciplinary Approach
    * Dissertation


    Students can choose from a wide range of options in the Department of Social Policy and in the Gender Institute. Please note that not all options will be available every year; if you are offered a place you will be advised of the availability for the following year. In addition, with the consent of the teacher, the agreement of the institute and department concerned, and subject to timetabling constraints, students are permitted to take any other papers offered at MSc or MA level. This is an indicative, but not an exhaustive, list of options available to gender and social policy students.

    * Gender and European Welfare States*
    * Gender, Knowledge and Research Practice*
    * Gender and Media Representation*
    * Globalising Sexualities*
    * Feminist Political Theory*
    * Globalisation, Gender and Development
    * Cultural Constructions of the Body*
    * Gender, Post-Colonialism, Development: Critical Perspectives and New Directions*
    * Dilemmas of Equality*
    * Gender and Development: Geographical Perspectives*
    * European Social Policy
    * Social Exclusion, Inequality and the 'Underclass' Debate*
    * Social Policy: Goals and Issues*
    * Reproductive Health Programmes: Design, Implementation and Evaluation*
    * Population Trends and Processes in the Developing World*
    * Ethnicity, 'Race' and Social Policy*
    * Social Policy: Organisation and Innovation*
    * Urban Environment*
    * Race, Ethnicity and Migration in Britain (post 1945)*
    * Gender and Societies*
    * Social Psychology of Health Communication*
    * Migration: Population Trends and Policies*
    * Race and Biopolitics*
    * Cities, People and Poverty in the South*
    * Gender, Globalisation and Development: An Introduction*
    * Gender and Militarisation*
    * Politics of Social Policy: Welfare and Work in Comparative Perspective*

    Teaching and assessment
    For the Gender core course, you will have one and a half hour blocks of lectures followed by linked seminars. A series of dissertation workshops are held during the Lent term and are compulsory. The Gender Institute holds a research seminar series with outside speakers fortnightly throughout term time which extends and consolidates issues raised in the main courses. We regularly arrange seminars with eminent academics visiting London. For the Gender and Social Policy: Theory and Practice course, you will have one and a half hour lectures and an accompanying one and a half hour seminar. A number of research seminars run by the Department of Social Policy, the Centre for Civil Society and the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion will be of interest to students on this course. You must submit your dissertation by 1 September (or the first working day after if it falls on a weekend). All students on the programme will have an academic adviser who will be allocated upon arrival. Dissertation supervision is allocated in the Lent term.

    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

    Minimum entry requirement: * 2:1 in social scienceEnglish requirement: * TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with a minimum score of 627 in the paper test or 107 in the internet based test * IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with a minimum score of 7.0 English Language Requirements IELTS band: 7 CAE score: (read more) Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever. 80 (Grade A) TOEFL paper-based test score : 627 TOEFL iBT® test: 107 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.

    Fee reductions and rewards
    LSE undergraduates starting taught postgraduate study at the School are eligible for a fee reduction in the region of ten per cent of the fee. These reductions are available for UK, EU and non-EU students. The School offers a range of rewards for early payment of fees for all self-financed students.

    Scholarships for study at LSE

    LSE makes available over £12 million annually in financial support for its students via a range of scholarships, bursaries and award schemes, details of which can be found on these pages. LSE's world class programmes attract a consistently high calibre of applicants, many of whom seek financial support from the School, so there is always much competition for our awards. Securing the necessary funds to attend LSE can be a difficult and time consuming process so you should start to think about it as early as possible. Please be aware that the School will be unable to offer you any financial assistance if you knowingly register under funded. The relevant link on the left will take you to the awards available for your chosen level of study.

    The School would like to thank the many donors who have contributed to the New Futures Fund, which provides funds for a number of discretionary scholarships.

    Diploma, LLM, MA, MSc and MSc (Research) programmes

    There are a range of awards available for study at this level. Approximately 19% of taught masters offer holders are successful in obtaining some form of financial support from the School. The value of support ranges in value from 10% of the tuition fee to a full fees and maintenance award.

    Graduate Support Scheme

    LSE's major financial support scheme for study at taught masters level is the Graduate Support Scheme (GSS). This scheme is open to all applicants, with the exception of those undertaking specific modular or executive programmes such as the MSc in Finance (Part time) or the MSc in Health Economics, Policy and Management. Around £2 million is available annually in the form of awards from the Graduate Support Scheme. The Scheme is designed to help students who do not have sufficient funds to meet all their costs of study. GSS awards range in value from £3,000 to a maximum of £10,000, and have an average value of £6,000. Application to the Graduate Support Scheme is via the LSE Graduate Financial Support Application form. This form will be made available to you once you have submitted an application for admission to the School. The form will then be available until 27 April 2011.


    If you complete the LSE Graduate Financial Support Application form, and are made an offer of admission by 27 April 2011, you will also be automatically considered for any other awards being offered by LSE, for which you are eligible, with the exception of Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funding where there are separate, department led processes in place. AHRC and ESRC funding is relevant to Home UK and Home EU applicants only, and there are also subject restrictions in place. We offer a range of awards based on different criteria such as a specific programme of study, nationality, or country of permanent domicile. In addition, a number of external organisations offer funding to support postgraduate study. We recommend that applicants follow up as many avenues as possible to find funding. Please be aware that if you accept funding from an external source, it is your responsibility to check the terms of the award. Some awards are accompanied by specific terms and conditions which you should be sure you able to meet before accepting the award. Information about other Awards offered by LSE or external organisations. Please take some time to look at all the other awards available to support your study at LSE. The details of these awards are updated each October, but new LSE awards may become available during the course of the admissions cycle. We will only write to successful applicants for these awards. Selection for these awards will take place between May and July 2011 and all successful applicants will be notified by 31 July 2011.

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