M.A. On Campus

Gender, Culture and Development Studies

24 months
116 USD/year
51 USD/year
30 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Krantijyoti Savitribai Phule Women's Studies Centre at Savitribai Phule Pune University offers this M.A. in Gender, Culture and Development Studies, studying gender within an interdisciplinary framework that draws on theories from various social sciences, humanities and sciences.


Women’s Studies is a relatively new and unique academic discipline. Scholars in women’s studies pose a philosophical challenge to all intellectual disciplines. They question the existing discipline-wise concepts, tools and techniques that justify the denial of equity for women and make them marginal and invisible. Their aim in formulating new definitions and methods is to assimilate gender consciousness into all knowledge systems. In the process, they expand the frontiers of knowledge about the multiple facets of societies and economies and give it the necessary critical edge.

The Krantijyoti Savitribai Phule Women's Studies Centre at Savitribai Phule Pune University invokes the ideals set by Savitribai Phule after whom it is named and seeks to deal consciously with the interlocking issues of gender, caste, class and region in all its programmes. The Centre has developed a unique pattern of doing women’s studies with teaching programmes at its core, building upon which are its research, publication and extension programmes.


This Gender, Culture and Development Studies degree at Savitribai Phule Pune University seeks to provide the participants the knowledge, skills and information in the field of gender, culture and development so as to enable them:

  • to engage in research nationally and internationally in gender studies at the levels of policy and practice
  • to work as gender experts in the fields of media- print and electronic- and that of information and communication technology
  • to work in the development sector in various capacities, and to pursue career in the area of corporate social responsibility.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Feminisms: Global and Local
  • Development: Gender Perspectives
  • Gendering Social History 
  • Legal Terrains: Gender Concerns
  • Inequalities and Exclusions: Gender Perspectives
  • Feminist Thought and Feminist Theory
  • Gender, Culture and Development: Theoretical Perspectives
  • Gender and Dalit Studies
  • Conceptualizing Violence
  • Theory of Gender in India
  • Gender and Sexualities: Perspectives and Issues
  • Caste and Gender: History and Memory

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

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64 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Graduate degree
  • The intake capacity being limited, candidates will be selected through an Admission Test (Written and Interview) conducted by the Krantijyoti Savitribai Phule Women’s Studies Centre.
  • English proficiency: all foreign students from non-English speaking countries have to take the English Proficiency Test (EPT)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    116 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 116 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    51 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 51 USD per year during 24 months.
  • In-State

    30 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 30 USD per year during 24 months.
  • Students from Maharashtra: Rs. 2195/-
  • Outside Maharashtra: Rs. 3795/-
  • SAARC countries: Rs.5395/- ($73)
  • Foreign: Rs. 8595/-
  • Entrance fee (International): $1097


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