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.
  • Why Choose Us?

    The MA in 'International Development & Gender' in the Gender-Development Research and Studies Center (GDRSC) at Sana'a University is considered the first of its kind in Yemen. We judged there is a need for people to contribute to development policy formulation, practical development activities, development education & research, and gender. Therefore, we offer a range of optional seminars and workshops during your Master's program for teaching and strengthening of student skills. You will find that we give high priority to our teaching and we are proud of the learning experience we offer. Our excellent staff-student ratios and teaching methods mean we offer small class sizes and a close-knit, friendly and personal learning environment; staff can dedicate time to individual students. We design and offer coherent courses and teaching across academic disciplines.

    Our staff consists of

    • Professors
    • Junior lecturers
    • Regional and international experts.

    Our graduates may have the opportunity to successfully entering a broad spectrum of employment including working for organizations such as the World Bank, the United Nations, and in large international NGOs like Oxfam and Save the Children, as well as in developing country government departments and as academics.

    If you choose to join us, you will discover exciting opportunities for engaging in development and gender issues, you will explore challenging problems, build your individual and team skills and discover fascinating new career directions.

  • Program Structure

    The MIDG requires two years (64 weeks) of studying social sciences extensively. Earning IDG Diploma requires a successful completion of two semesters including a diploma project. Each semester consists of particular courses and later on, students work on a problem-based project to those courses. Elective courses in academic and professional skills will be provided based on students' needs.

  • Admission Requirements

    A Bachelor degree in any field with a minimum grade GOOD or equivalent. However, students from all academic backgrounds are considered. The GDRSC will also take into account the employment experience of applicants where relevant.

    Evidence of proficiency in English is required e.g. TOEFL, or any equivalent. Besides, students will be required to have passed in English proficiency test before being admitted to the Program.

  • Fees

    Semester 1 USD1,500
    Semester 2 USD1,500
    Semester 3 USD1,000
    Semester 4 USD1,000
    Note: USD50 Admission fees non-refundable


  • How to Apply

    You can fill out and submit the online application through our website and send all required document to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Official, original or certified degree certificates/ transcript should be submitted as soft copies and hard copies to:

    Gender-Development Research and Studies Center

    Sana'a University

    Republic of Yemen –Sana'a

    P. O. Box: 13931

    Tele-fax: +967 1 535624

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  • Master Thesis Guidelines

    This document is intended to provide guidance for appropriate supervision of thesis for research participants (participant), main supervisors, co-supervisors and external supervisor (if applicable) for masters degrees that have a major research project component.

    Participants are reminded that compliance with the degree regulations and the quality of their work is ultimately their responsibility. The role of the supervisor and co-supervisor is to assist them to achieve the best research results of which they are capable.

    A co-operative relationship between the participant and the supervisor/s helps to ensure a rewarding and productive research program. Please do not use the GDRSC Master’s Thesis Guidelines as your only source of information for preparing your project. In addition to the GDRSC Master’s Thesis Guidelines, a style guide appropriate to the discipline must be selected.

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