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  • Entry requirements
    If you wish to apply for these programmes, you should normally hold a good honours degree (upper second class or first class), or an equivalent professional qualification. Relevant experience will be taken into account where appropriate.



    Postgraduate diploma routes are available for candidates that do not wish to take the full MA programme. It is also possible to consider candidates for the Diploma who are not appropriately qualified for immediate MA study. Such candidates may be considered for subsequent transfer to an MA programme, depending on performance.

    Language Requirements



    Successful completion of a postgraduate degree demands facility in English. It is a requirement that essays and dissertations be well-written.



    Prospective and intending students whose first language is not English will need to ensure that their linguistic proficiency is adequate. They may need to undertake some language training in the University or elsewhere.

    Minimum requirements



    * TOEFL score on the paper-based test: at least, 580 with 4.0 on the Test of Written English (TWE).

    * TOEFL score on the computer-based test: at least, 240 with 4.0 on essay rating.

    * TOEFL score on the internet-based test: at least 94 with, at least, 20 in listening, 23 in reading, 23 in speaking and 24 in writing

    * A minimum IELTS (academic) score of 6.5 with at least 6.0 in all components.



    The School keeps its requirements under review and may request a higher level of proficiency. The University's Language Centre offers courses in English and can provide more details on your English requirements.
  • Course description

    Gender Studies is an exciting area of scholarship. Drawing insights from across many academic disciplines, Gender Studies explores the dynamics of relations between women and men in the past, present and future.

    If you choose an MA in Gender Studies, you will engage with challenging, cutting-edge ideas at the forefront of developments within contemporary thought.

    Our MA in Gender Studies is distinctive in the wide range of disciplines and theoretical and methodological perspectives that contribute to the programme, and in the number of options available to you as a student.

    By the end of the course, you will have an advanced understanding of the nature of gender studies, its interdisciplinary frameworks and the range of theoretical perspectives and methods.

    You will also have the ability to analyse social and cultural phenomena through the lens of gender in a way that appreciates a range of disciplinary perspectives.

    You will have specific knowledge of some aspects of gender studies, both theoretical and applied, and the ability to conduct a piece of individual research, using appropriate conceptual frameworks and methods, on an aspect of gender studies.

    Postgraduate Diploma in Gender Studies

    Available on a 12-month full-time or 24-month part-time basis, the Postgraduate Diploma in Gender Studies covers similar ground to the MA, but does not include the dissertation module.

    On the basis of a good performance in a full-time student's first semester, or a part-timer's first year, students initially registered for the Diploma may be transferred onto the corresponding MA.


    MA Gender Studies is available on a 12-month full-time or 24-month part-time basis. The course has five modules: three compulsory, two elective.
    Compulsory modules

    Researching Gender provides you with the opportunity to focus on researching gender with a particular emphasis on feminist research practices. In exploring a range of disciplinary perspectives, you will focus on epistemological, methodological and ethical considerations. In particular, the course looks at these considerations with relation to research design and methods.

    The module also encourages you to think beyond disciplinary boundaries and develop an understanding of the possibilities of interdisciplinary research. You will critically analyse research practice from a gender and feminist perspective, review and appraise research findings, and synthesise information and knowledge from a range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary sources and perspectives.

    Theorising Gender engages with contemporary theoretical approaches within gender studies. Exploring the social and individual processes involved in the enactment of gender relations, the module investigates alternative, complementary and conflicting explanations for the source and operation of gender.

    Investigating the historical, social and individual significance of gender, you will examine various areas of social life where gender shapes interactions and forms meaning: in particular, you will consider family roles, reproductive technologies, citizenship, sexuality, culture and personal biography.

    Dissertation allows you to tailor your own programme of training and research in consultation with a member of staff drawn from the centre's MA/PhD supervisory panel.
    Elective modules
    In addition to the compulsory modules, you also choose two modules from the following list.  
    • Feminist Cultural Theory
    • Revisioning Histories of Modernism (Femininity, Modernity, Representation)
    • Feminist Criticism and Practice in the Contemporary Visual Arts
    • Language and Politics
    • Global Genders
    • Que(e)rying Sexualities
    • Gender, Race & Culture
    • Contested Bodies
    • Gender, Communications and Popular Culture
    • Gender and Health
    • Childbirth in Seventeenth Century England
    • Representing Women in Medieval Literature
    • Critical Musicology
    • Gender, Globalisation and Development
    • Race, Gender and Migration

    For more information about both the compulsory and elective modules, please consult the module catalogue

    Full-time students may take either three modules in Semester 1 and one in Semester 2, as well as the dissertation, or two modules in Semester 1 and two in Semester 2, as well as the dissertation.

    Part-time students have some flexibility as to when they take their modules, but we do advise candidates to consider the credit load between semesters. One pattern may be to take three modules in the first year, with two in Semester 1 and one in Semester 2. This leaves one module and the dissertation for the second year.

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