Master Program Overview


This master's course is one of the most demanded and most important courses on gender and development. It positions the study of gender and development within an academic social science framework, as well as in the context of policymaking and implementation. Therefore, the master program has been prepared and conducted in a close collaboration with the Center of International studies (CIDes) and the department of Society and Globalization at Roskilde University; Denmark, and the Cynthia Nelson Institute for Gender and Women's Studies (IGWS) at the American University; Cairo, and lecturers from Sana'a University's various faculties.

The MA/Dip in International Development and Gender (MIDG) is an interdisciplinary, international and critical course, which provides participating students with internationally recognized qualifications within both the International Development Field and Gender, as seen both individually and combined. In other words, the intention of the Master's program is to give the participating students the kind of capacities within development and gender studies. The MA in 'International Development & Gender' will provide a solid grounding for working with international development concepts, theories and approaches from a gender perspective. The Program is interdisciplinary, using research material from social science (such as politics, sociology and law), humanities (such as literary and cultural studies and history) and to some extent science (such as environmental studies).

However, the course aims to equip students and develop a broad range of research skills with the analytical and conceptual skills needed to understand gender issues in both contexts, enabling them to participate effectively in gender and development-related research, policymaking and implementation. The course is also intended to develop critical awareness, knowledge and skills required for careers in the public, private and non-governmental sector organizations that operate in international development or international affairs. In addition, it aims to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of current development issues and policies areas.

The Master´s program follows the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS), as each semester amounts to 30 ECTS, or 120 ECTS in total for the entire Master´s degree program. Students on the course will study both the theory and practice of gender in development, to provide the skills and knowledge needed to work in an advisory capacity for organizations concerned with integrating gender awareness into their programs and policies. The course emphasizes the development of research techniques and methods that are essential not only for further academic research, but also in practical development work and policy formulation, such as gender planning, and gender policy approaches such as mainstreaming.

The Master of International Development and Gender can be completed over two years. It is designed for those who want to:

  • Advance their capacity to understand and apply a vast array of information on the problems of international development and gender,
  • Acquire the research knowledge and skills required for entry into a PhD program or research focused employment.