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The MA Gender and Sexuality at SOAS aims to cater for students with a variety of backgrounds and objectives. Read more

Who is this programme for?:

The MA Gender and Sexuality at SOAS aims to cater for students with a variety of backgrounds and objectives:

- those coming from Women’s Studies or Gender Studies who wish to engage more deeply with gender theory in relation to regional specialisation and to connect this with the societies of Asia, Africa and the Middle East;

- those coming from Asian, African or Middle Eastern Studies who wish to incorporate the study of gender and sexuality into their own areas of expertise; and

- those having previously trained in particular disciplines, such as Anthropology, Comparative Literature, Cultural and Media Studies, History, Politics, Religious Studies, Sociology, Refugee/Diaspora Studies.

The programme provides:

- specialised research training in Gender Studies, in addition to focused study of sexuality as well as gender and sexual diversity. This pathway is suitable for students considering advanced postgraduate research in Gender Studies with a regional specialisation;

- a broad MA programme for students with some background in Women’s Studies, Gender Studies, and Area Studies etc. who wish to enhance their knowledge of gender in relation to cross-cultural issues raised by appreciation of the relationship between gender and sexuality in various legal and political contexts;

- a special interest MA, which enables students to study gender issues in depth in relation to a particular regional or disciplinary specialisation alongside the acquisition of knowledge of emergent and contemporary study of sexuality in cross-cultural contexts.

The MA Gender and Sexuality at SOAS is a unique programme, its principal aim being to re-focus issues prioritised in western Gender Studies and the study of sexuality on the complex specificities of Asia, Africa and the Near and Middle East. The programme offers the specialised study of gender and sexuality in relation to the cultures of Asia, Africa and the Middle East, together with rigorous training in, and questioning of, contemporary gender theory. In terms of gender theory, it offers a solid foundation with sufficient breadth and depth to facilitate a range of specialist pathways. In terms of specialisation, it draws on the expertise of internationally recognised scholars of Asian, African and Middle Eastern Studies at SOAS.

Gender Studies is widely regarded by a range of employers as an excellent training, equipping holders of the degree with a range of relevant employable skills. Increasingly policy makers and governing structures understand the need to engage with gender and sexuality, such that graduates with disciplinary understanding of gender and sexuality, especially as sites of rights and responsibility are required in policy, research and legal environments. The value and relevance of the discipline are evidenced by the great variety and distinction of careers gender studies graduates have embarked upon with success. These include employment in international organizations, NGOs, think tanks, research organizations, the media (newspapers, radio & TV), as well as government ministries and programmes. There are growing numbers of gender studies programmes at universities throughout the world, although very few that combine study of gender and sexuality in a global context.

Visit the website http://www.soas.ac.uk/genderstudies/ma-gender-and-sexuality/

Structure

Students take courses to the value of three units and complete a dissertation as a fourth module. All students take Gender Theory and the study of Asia, Africa and the Middle East (full unit) and Queer Politics in Asia, Africa and the Middle East (half unit) as core courses. A further 1.5 units are chosen from a wide range of gender and gender-related courses included in Gender Studies List 1. Students will write a 10,000 word dissertation based on either the compulsory course or one of the component courses.

Students are also required to attend regular seminars organised by the Centre for Gender Studies, details of which are included in the handbook and further details of which are advertised on the Centre’s website and notice board.

As part of the course, the Centre for Gender Studies offers integrated work experiences in the form of internships with relevant organizations such as Women Living Under Muslim World (WLUML), the Council for the Assistance of Academic Refugees (CARA) and other organizations as well as with the Centre for Gender Studies itself.

Programme Specification 2015/16 (pdf; 96kb) - http://www.soas.ac.uk/genderstudies/ma-gender-and-sexuality/file101844.pdf

Materials

Students will have access to a wealth of study resources available in the SOAS Library and in nearby institutions such as the British Library, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University College London Library and Senate House Library.

Teaching & Learning

Courses are taught by a combination of methods, principally lectures, tutorial classes, seminars and supervised individual study projects.

Each taught course has its own approved methods of assessment, designed to address the particular learning outcomes of that course. Assessment methods may include essays, weekly reaction papers, unseen, seen or take-home examinations, research projects, individual or group presentations, translations, learning journals, oral examinations etc., as appropriate.

Students are also required to attend regular seminars organised by the Centre for Gender Studies, details of which are included in the handbook and further details of which are advertised on the Centre’s website and notice board.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.soas.ac.uk/admissions/pg/howtoapply/

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The MA in Gender and Sexuality, Writing and Culture introduces students to gender and sexuality theory in all its diversity. Read more

Overview

The MA in Gender and Sexuality, Writing and Culture introduces students to gender and sexuality theory in all its diversity. Specifically, the programme is designed to facilitate students’ critical engagement with the production, circulation and representation of ideas about gender and sexuality in literature and culture. As a student on this programme, you will become proficient in various approaches to the histories of gender and sexuality. You will be expected to engage with the major strands in gender and sexuality theory, while drawing on these theories to enrich your critical analysis of literary and visual texts, and cultural practices.

Along with a compulsory theory module, you will select five other modules to complete. You will also complete a 12000 dissertation on a topic that you will develop independently with the guidance of a supervisor.

As a student on this programme you will address: major historical currents and debates in feminist theory; significant theoretical and political questions in gender and sexuality theories; social reproduction; consumerism, gender and sexual identity. The MA is offered in conjunction with the MA in Irish Literature and Culture and the MA in Postcolonial and World Literatures. Thus, you will also have the possibility to further explore these questions in specific cultural and historical contexts, such as: twentieth-century and contemporary Ireland; African literature; political discourse and oratory; contemporary film and digital culture.

This MA programme is offered by the Department of English, with additional input from the Departments of Media Studies and History.

Students who do not complete the Dissertation (EN691) will be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma in Gender and Sexuality in Writing and Culture.

Course Structure

The MA in Gender and Sexuality in Writing and Culture is a one-year programme and requires students to take two core taught modules and four taught optional modules chosen from a suite of modules offered by the School of English, Media and Theatre Studies at MU working in conjunction with the School of English, Drama and Film Studies at UCD. Students will attend seminars in both MU and UCD, and will submit six essays related to their core and option courses and will complete a dissertation of 12-15,000 words in MU. The degree is awarded by Maynooth University.

Career Options

Students who successfully complete this programme will be very well placed to pursue future study in the area, with a view to a career in academia. In addition, this programme would provide a foundation for a career in advocacy, or in the field of cultural development or promotion.

How To Apply

Online application only http://www.pac.ie/maynoothuniversity

PAC Code
MHK80

The following documents should be forwarded to PAC, 1 Courthouse Square, Galway or uploaded to your online application form:

Certified copies of all official transcripts of results for all non-Maynooth University qualifications listed MUST accompany the application. Failure to do so will delay your application being processed. Non-Maynooth University students are asked to provide two academic references and a copy of birth certificate or valid passport.

Find information on Scholarships here https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/study-maynooth/postgraduate-studies/fees-funding-scholarships

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This programme offers students with experience of undergraduate-level study the opportunity to develop their knowledge of gender and sexuality studies and to enhance their independent study skills. Read more
This programme offers students with experience of undergraduate-level study the opportunity to develop their knowledge of gender and sexuality studies and to enhance their independent study skills. Students who successfully complete the Graduate Certificate are eligible to apply for entry to the MA Gender, Sexuality and Culture/MSc Gender, Sexuality and Society.

This course will develop your ability to discuss diverse theories of gender and sexuality and consider how gender and sexuality are represented, and operate, within relevant humanities or social sciences literatures.

Why study this course at Birkbeck?

Excellent introduction for those interested in gender or sexuality studies.
Opportunity to study on a structured programme and to undertake independent study.
Entry point to postgraduate gender studies for those without a relevant undergraduate degree.
This programme is linked to Birkbeck Gender and Sexuality (BiGS). BiGS hosts experts in the field, organises a diverse range of events throughout the year, including dedicated postgraduate workshops and seminars, and sponsors a lively student postgraduate forum, which runs reading groups, workshops and symposia, as well as the BiGS students' blog.

Our research

Birkbeck is one of the world’s leading research-intensive institutions. Our cutting-edge scholarship informs public policy, achieves scientific advances, supports the economy, promotes culture and the arts, and makes a positive difference to society.

Birkbeck’s research excellence was confirmed in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, which placed Birkbeck 30th in the UK for research, with 73% of our research rated world-leading or internationally excellent.

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), Sociology at Birkbeck was ranked 13th in the UK.

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Birkbeck has a strong tradition in interdisciplinary gender and sexuality studies, and encourages research students to think in innovative and critical ways about the topics they are investigating. Read more
Birkbeck has a strong tradition in interdisciplinary gender and sexuality studies, and encourages research students to think in innovative and critical ways about the topics they are investigating. Your study can take a wide variety of forms and may cover themes from across the social sciences, arts and humanities. Researching for an MPhil or PhD in gender/sexuality studies will enable you to develop advanced conceptual skills and knowledges that can be applied within or beyond an academic context.

Our students benefit from being part of a vibrant research environment that includes internationally renowned scholars and a programme of visiting speakers from around the world. Research students can also take advantage of specialist research training and of postgraduate taught modules offered through the MA Gender, Sexuality and Culture/MSc Gender, Sexuality and Society.

Studying for an MPhil or PhD in gender and sexuality studies at Birkbeck involves working closely with a small group of staff on an independent research project. This means that we are only able to accept students whose proposed research project lies within the areas of expertise of our staff. If there is a particular member of staff you would like to work with, please contact them to discuss your project before applying.

Our research interests include: queer theory; feminist theory and research; masculinities; lesbian and gay writing and film; gender and generation; paid domestic work; food consumption habits; gender and geography; gender and education; gender, class and citizenship; histories and theories of sexuality and gender; socio-legal dimensions of gender, sexuality and HIV/AIDS.

Our research

Birkbeck is one of the world’s leading research-intensive institutions. Our cutting-edge scholarship informs public policy, achieves scientific advances, supports the economy, promotes culture and the arts, and makes a positive difference to society.

Birkbeck’s research excellence was confirmed in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, which placed Birkbeck 30th in the UK for research, with 73% of our research rated world-leading or internationally excellent.

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), Sociology at Birkbeck was ranked 13th in the UK.

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This is an interdisciplinary social science training programme designed to prepare students for further research in the workplace or for MPhil/PhD study. Read more
This is an interdisciplinary social science training programme designed to prepare students for further research in the workplace or for MPhil/PhD study. The programme covers ontology, epistemology, quantitative and qualitative techniques, and advanced methods masterclasses alongside substantive courses in the area of gender and sexuality. All students also carry out an independent dissertation, putting into practice the methods and theoretical concepts they have been taught. The programme provides a particularly strong environment for theoretically informed, interdisciplinary and socially engaged research.

COURSE STRUCTURE

You take three compulsory modules, choose one option module and write a 60-credit dissertation.

COMPULSORY MODULES

Intermediate Quantitative Social Research
Qualitative Social Research
Theorising Gender

INDICATIVE OPTION MODULES

Africa in the European Imagination
Culture, Community, Identity
Disciplining Sex: Sexuality, Society and Nineteenth-Century Literary Culture
Gender and Development
Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Japanese Fiction
Madness and its Meanings
Men and Masculinities in Contemporary East Asia
Queer Histories/Queer Cultures

DISSERTATION

Social Research Dissertation

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Gender, Society and Representation is an inter-faculty programme drawing on the unusual breadth of disciplines for which UCL is renowned, including development studies, law, anthropology, literary scholarship, geography and queer studies. Read more

Gender, Society and Representation is an inter-faculty programme drawing on the unusual breadth of disciplines for which UCL is renowned, including development studies, law, anthropology, literary scholarship, geography and queer studies. UCL offers students an opportunity to develop their own interests within this broad intellectual landscape.

About this degree

Students gain the advanced skills, methods, concepts and theories required for the study of gender in an interdisciplinary context at graduate level. Optional modules offer students a genuine opportunity to develop their own interests in a wide range of disciplines, and the dissertation provides opportunities for independent research.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme offers two pathways: Taught and Research. The taught pathway consists of three core modules (60 credits), optional modules (60 credits), and a dissertation (60 credits). The research pathway consists of three core modules (60 credits), optional modules (30 credits) and a dissertation (90 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma, three core modules (60 credts), two to four optional modules (60 credits), full-time one year, part-time two years, is offered.

Core modules

All three of these modules are compulsory.

  • Gender, Society and Representation
  • Gender, Politics and Feminism
  • Research and Writing Skills

Optional modules

Options may include the following (not all will be available in a given year, and some have prerequisites such as existing studies in the field):

  • Equality, Justice and Difference
  • Critical Introduction to Sexuality Studies
  • Feminism and Philosophy
  • Gender, Race and Sexuality: New Readings in Francophone Literature and Visual Culture
  • Gendering the Study of Politics: Theory and Practice
  • Gender in Policy and Planning
  • Gender and Sexuality in Education
  • Gender, Sexuality and Cultural Politics
  • The Global Politics of Gender and Sexuality
  • Hollywood Genres
  • The Human and Non-Human in Medieval Art
  • Public and Private Modernities
  • Readings in 20th Century Chinese Culture: Family, Childhood, Gender
  • Reproduction, Sex and Sexuality
  • Sex and the Body in Early Modern Europe
  • Sexuality and Society in Russia and Eastern Europe
  • Theories of Childhood and Society
  • Tracing the Body: Technologies of Representation in 18th and 19th Century France
  • Women in the Jewish Tradition
  • Elective modules from the School of Oriental and African Studies

Other UCL Master's modules may be chosen, subject to the convenor's approval, if their relevance to the programme of study is demonstrated.

Dissertation/report

Students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 12,000 words (taught pathway) or 18,000 words (research pathway).

Teaching and learning

Teaching sessions are interactive, with a limited amount of lecturing and an emphasis on student participation and critical discussion. Assessment is through a variety of methods, including essays, coursework, written papers, oral examination and the dissertation.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Gender, Society and Representation MA

Careers

Engaging with gender and sexuality concerns is now an integral aspect of research and planning activities in a wide range of fields. The need to address different forms of discrimination has created a demand in both public and private sectors for highly qualified graduates with a broad theoretical background in gender and sexuality studies, a familiarity with the intersectional nature of inequality, and a commitment to social change. Our graduates have gone on to careers as researchers, administrators and communications officers for charities, cultural institutions, NGOs and the private sector, and in academic research in related disciplines.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • Academic Researcher, University of Oxford
  • Front of House and Marketing Manager, Benjamin Franklin House
  • SCITT (School-Centred Initial Teacher Training), Unspecified Secondary School specialising in the Performing Arts, Westminster
  • Events / Programmes Co-ordinator, International Women's Initiative
  • Research Centre Assistant, Overseas Development Institute

Employability

Students graduating from this Master's programme will possess a broad understanding of gender issues in social practice and discourse. They will have demonstrated intellectual flexibility in engaging successfully with a diverse and challenging range of subject areas and disciplinary approaches to gender. They will be able to develop and sustain a convincing argument on a variety of complex subjects, supporting their conclusions with appropriate evidence, clearly expressed. They will have experience in researching a topic from scratch, learning to identify and choose between different routes into exploring that topic and producing a coherent account of their research and findings.

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

Why study this degree at UCL?

Gender and sexuality studies have expanded rapidly in recent decades, to emerge as dynamic interdisciplinary field of study.

As a multi-faculty institution located in the heart of cosmopolitan London and covering an exceptionally wide range of disciplines, UCL offers an ideal environment for gender studies, enabling students to tailor their degrees according to their specific interests and providing a wealth of opportunities for interdisciplinary work.

Staff contributing to MA level and research work in gender studies are drawn from different faculties including Arts & Humanities, Social & Historical Sciences, Laws, and Life Sciences.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.



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You will gain competence on gender policies and politics, and acquire the ability to work independently on central issues related to gender, feminism, gender equality, production of power and knowledge. Read more

You will gain competence on gender policies and politics, and acquire the ability to work independently on central issues related to gender, feminism, gender equality, production of power and knowledge.

This Programme is a great choice especially for students who wish to pursue a career in research, politics, equal opportunities policies and human rights institutions. Also, organisations in private and public sector as well as non-governmental organisations and civil society are possible career paths.

The Programme is organised in co-operation with the University of Tampere.

Programme structure

General studies

Coordination: Language Centre & UTU

  • Study skills & personal study planning 2 ECTS
  • Elementary Finnish 3 ECTS
  • Scientific writing 5 ECTS
  • Quantitative research methods 5 ECTS
  • Qualitative research methods 5 ECTS

ECTS: 20

Programme-specific studies (advanced studies in Gender Studies)

Coordination: UTU Master’s degree programme or partner universities

  • Feminist theory 10 ETCS
  • Feminist methodology 10 ETCS
  • Gendered and sexualized society 5-10 ETCS
  • Feminist Art Studies 5-10 ETCS
  • Feminist Postcolonialism 5-10 ETCS

ECTS: 40

Master’s thesis and seminar

Coordination: Master’s degree programme

  • Master’s thesis and seminar

ECTS: 40+20

TOTAL 120 ECTS

Academic excellence and experience

The multidisciplinary Master’s degree in gender studies provides you with advanced training in the field of gender studies. The Programme is aimed at both Finnish and international students with a variety of academic backgrounds and career plans.

It is built around the interdisciplinary study of gender and sexuality, bridging the divide between social sciences and arts and humanities. You will get to address the latest debates, using cutting-edge research from this exciting and growing area of study.

The curriculum incorporates local, cross-cultural and transnational emphases. It will encourage you to develop innovative, intersectional and interdisciplinary ways of expanding knowledge about gender and sexuality in global, local and historical contexts.

The degree engages the wide-ranging and multidisciplinary perspectives associated with gender studies:

  • feminist studies
  • queer studies
  • transgender studies
  • sexuality studies
  • race and ethnicity studies
  • disability studies
  • area and global studies
  • cultural studies
  • postcolonial and transnational studies

The Master’s Degree Programme in Gender Studies will give you competence on gender policies and politics. You will also acquire the ability to work independently on central issues related to gender, feminism, gender equality, and the production of power and knowledge. These competences include the use of gender as an analytic category and a critical perspective on crucial questions within science, politics, art and culture, and social issues.

Master's thesis and topics

In the Master’s thesis the student must prove their ability to do scientific work and manage research methods, knowledge of the research field, and skill of scientific writing.

Examples of thesis topics are:

  • Transforming bodies, wandering desires: intra-actions of gender and sexuality in non-heterosexual transgender embodiment
  • Feminist Gerontology: A study on the gender of aging women
  • Child’s Play: A gender-aware perspective on nursery school life

Joint programme

The scope and extent of this Programme is unique. As a joint degree co-operation of two universities, the University of Turku and the University of Tampere, it combines two special research and teaching profiles of gender studies. This guarantees a wide, interdisciplinary expertise.

At the University of Turku, the Master’s Degree Programme in Gender Studies is organised in the Faculty of Humanities. Students also have the possibility to benefit from many other courses offered by the other programmes within the University. The main research areas are:

  • academic feminism
  • research on affects
  • new materialism
  • trans studies

At the University of Tampere, the Programme is a part of the Global Society framework of the School of Social Sciences and Humanities. Within this framework, students have the possibility to benefit from many other courses offered by other programmes. In addition, a network of gender researchers organises regular research seminars. The key research and teaching themes are

  • gender and embodiment
  • gendering practices in changing society
  • the local and global orders of knowledge production on gender, nature and environment
  • ecological choices in everyday life;
  • lesbian and queer studies
  • new materialism
  • affective inequalities in intimate relationships

Competence description

Master’s Degree Programme in Gender Studies will provide you with a high-quality and extensive expertise on issues related to gender, sexuality, gender equality and equal opportunities in society. In the Programme, you learn:

  • to analyse how gender and sexuality organise social structures, cultural practices, human interaction and people’s identities
  • to apply feminist conceptualisations and research approaches
  • to formulate relevant research problems
  • to promote gender equality and human rights in various kinds of jobs and tasks
  • to generate new knowledge and to work for gendered and sexualised equality in society
  • skills for critically examining power relations in connection to marginalised or oppressed groups

You acquire the following practical skills:

  • collecting and using various kinds of research data
  • presenting your analysis textually and orally in a scientific way
  • justifying your analytical choices
  • analytical thinking and problem solving skills
  • written and oral communication skills
  • collaborative work skills and organisational skills

Job options

This Programme is a great option especially for students who wish to pursue a career in

  • national and international research
  • national and international politics
  • equal opportunities policies
  • human rights institutions and organisations in private and public sectors as well as in non-governmental organisations and civil society
  • arts, writing and media careers

Graduates’ knowledge of power relations and social justice issues prepares them for government and jurisprudence positions. Due to the interdisciplinarity of the Programme, the graduates will be well prepared for research career.

Working life connections are realised by inviting visiting lecturers to the courses, for example, from Finnish, Nordic and European governmental and non-governmental organisations.

Students will also be encouraged to complete an internship during the Programme. The internship is optional but can be included in the degree.

Career in research

You will be closely integrated into on-going research in the area. The Programme provides eligibility for scientific postgraduate degree studies. Degrees can be completed at the University of Turku.



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This programme is built around the interdisciplinary study of gender and sexuality, bridging the divide between the social sciences and the arts and humanities. Read more
This programme is built around the interdisciplinary study of gender and sexuality, bridging the divide between the social sciences and the arts and humanities. The Gender, Sexuality and Culture programme is designed for those with special interests in the humanities, including literature, history, media and film, visual art, philosophy and cultural theory. It addresses the latest debates, using cutting-edge research from this exciting and growing area of study. It considers competing theories and approaches to gender and sexuality, and explores the ways in which these intersect with concepts of race, ethnicity, age and class.

This course will develop your ability to discuss diverse theories of gender and sexuality and consider how gender and sexuality are represented, and operate, within relevant humanities or social sciences literatures. You will be given a firm grounding in gender theory and will develop the confidence to apply appropriate theories to your independent research project.

Why study this course at Birkbeck?

Interdisciplinary programmes with the choice between a focus on the humanities or on political and social issues.
This programme is linked to Birkbeck Gender and Sexuality (BiGS). BiGS hosts experts in the field, organises a diverse range of events throughout the year, including dedicated postgraduate workshops and seminars, and sponsors a lively student postgraduate forum, which runs reading groups, workshops and symposia, as well as the BiGS students' blog.

Our research

Birkbeck is one of the world’s leading research-intensive institutions. Our cutting-edge scholarship informs public policy, achieves scientific advances, supports the economy, promotes culture and the arts, and makes a positive difference to society.

Birkbeck’s research excellence was confirmed in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, which placed Birkbeck 30th in the UK for research, with 73% of our research rated world-leading or internationally excellent.

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), Sociology at Birkbeck was ranked 13th in the UK.

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This programme is built around the interdisciplinary study of gender and sexuality, bridging the divide between the social sciences and the arts and humanities. Read more
This programme is built around the interdisciplinary study of gender and sexuality, bridging the divide between the social sciences and the arts and humanities. The Gender, Sexuality and Society programme focuses on political and social issues, including the diverse and changing nature of personal relationships, economics and the workforce, and development and legal studies. It addresses the latest debates, using cutting-edge research from this exciting and growing area of study. The programme considers competing theories and approaches to gender and sexuality, and explores the ways in which these intersect with concepts of race, ethnicity, age and class.

This course will develop your ability to discuss diverse theories of gender and sexuality and consider how gender and sexuality are represented, and operate, within relevant humanities or social sciences literatures. You will be given a firm grounding in gender theory and will develop the confidence to apply appropriate theories to your independent research project.

Why study this course at Birkbeck?

Interdisciplinary programmes with the choice between a focus on the humanities or on political and social issues.
This programme is linked to Birkbeck Gender and Sexuality (BiGS). BiGS hosts experts in the field, organises a diverse range of events throughout the year, including dedicated postgraduate workshops and seminars, and sponsors a lively student postgraduate forum, which runs reading groups, workshops and symposia, as well as the BiGS students' blog.

Our research

Birkbeck is one of the world’s leading research-intensive institutions. Our cutting-edge scholarship informs public policy, achieves scientific advances, supports the economy, promotes culture and the arts, and makes a positive difference to society.

Birkbeck’s research excellence was confirmed in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, which placed Birkbeck 30th in the UK for research, with 73% of our research rated world-leading or internationally excellent.

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), Sociology at Birkbeck was ranked 13th in the UK.

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The media continue to be central to gendered power relations and identification processes. This degree combines theoretical and methodological approaches from the social sciences, cultural studies and the humanities to explore the relationship between media, gender and sexuality. Read more
The media continue to be central to gendered power relations and identification processes.

This degree combines theoretical and methodological approaches from the social sciences, cultural studies and the humanities to explore the relationship between media, gender and sexuality. You’ll also explore how gender and sexuality frame and are framed by such issues.

The degree allows you to:
-Study texts drawn from a range of historical and national contexts
-Interrogate historical and contemporary approaches to feminism, postfeminism, queer theory, ‘crip’ theory and masculinity studies
-Develop an advanced understanding of gender and sexuality

How will I study?
Modules are taught in the autumn and spring terms via lectures, seminars and tutorials. We also encourage you to engage with our array of extracurricular research activities.

Assessment of these modules is through research-based essays.

In the summer term, you’ll receive one-to-one supervision as you prepare and execute research for your final dissertation.

Scholarships
Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Chancellor's International Scholarship (2017)
-25 scholarships of a 50% tuition fee waiver
-Application deadline: 1 May 2017

HESPAL Scholarship (Higher Education Scholarships Scheme for the Palestinian Territories) (2017)
-Two full fee waivers in conjuction with maintenance support from the British Council
-Application deadline: 1 January 2017

USA Friends Scholarships (2017)
-A scholarship of an amount equivalent to $10,000 for nationals or residents of the USA on a one year taught Masters degree course.
-Application deadline: 3 April 2017

Faculty
Our faculty have been instrumental in shaping and developing the field of Gender Studies research. We bring this knowledge and expertise to the MA in Gender and Media, ensuring that your interests in the field find a supportive and experienced audience.

Our research and teaching interests are varied and include:
-Gender activism
-Gender politics
-Gender and culture
-Gender, society and the state
-International/global feminisms
-LGBT and queer studies

Careers
Alongside the intellectual expertise you will gain, this MA is ideal for those seeking a career in a research-based career.

From archivist to academic and television researcher to market researcher, this degree provides you with tangible skills in analysis, argumentation and communication.

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About the MSc Gender programmes. The MSc Gender is a flexible degree which offers you the opportunity to develop expertise in the fullest possible range of gender theories, and stresses the significance of gender for knowledge and research design. Read more

About the MSc Gender programmes

The MSc Gender is a flexible degree which offers you the opportunity to develop expertise in the fullest possible range of gender theories, and stresses the significance of gender for knowledge and research design.

You are trained in how to treat gender as an object of study, as an analytic approach or perspective and as a way of thinking across disciplinary boundaries. A key focus of the degree concerns the ethical as well as intellectual issues that arise from practicing gender studies. In addition to the compulsory courses of the degree, you are able to choose options, from within and outside of the Department, in order to develop your own gender studies pathway and focus on key research areas.

MSc Gender (Research)

The MSc Gender (Research) degree combines a thorough grounding in contemporary theories of gender with advanced training in quantitative and qualitative research methodologies.

This programme is particularly useful for students considering further study. You will be located in the Department of Gender Studies and take one or two units in the Department of Methodology, which is a base for cross-disciplinary research and teaching in the broad area of social science methodology.

MSc Gender (Sexuality)

The sexuality pathway of the MSc Gender introduces you to the field of sexuality and gender studies and explores the significance of theories, politices and representations of sexuality for understanding everyday life from a transnational perspective.

Graduate destinations

Our students go on to work in varied career paths: research and consultancy for government and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in developed and less developed countries, international organisations, humanitarian and charity work, personnel work, civil and diplomatic services, representative politics, advocacy, the legal profession, academia, media and communication and in education.

Further information on graduate destinations for this programme



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Why this course?. The MSc Applied Gender Studies degree at Strathclyde is a Master’s level course for those who wish to study how gender ‘works’ in relation to other structural inequalities such as race, sexuality, class and disability within society. Read more

Why this course?

The MSc Applied Gender Studies degree at Strathclyde is a Master’s level course for those who wish to study how gender ‘works’ in relation to other structural inequalities such as race, sexuality, class and disability within society.

If you wish to pursue a career in the charitable, education, government or civil service or the heritage sectors then this course is ideally suited to you. It will also appeal to those who may already be working within an organisation with a strong interest in gender in society.

For those who are interested in pursuing a more research focussed option the MSc Applied Gender Studies can also be taken as a Research Methods route. This allows graduates to meet the criteria for ESRC funding, an important factor if you plan to go on to PhD study in the Social Sciences.

By completing this course you will develop the analytical and practical skills necessary to engage critically with contemporary gender issues including:

  • gender theory 
  • gender equality
  • feminist theory
  • queer theory
  • LGBT studies
  • gender & society

A key focus of this course is how these concepts can be applied within real-world contexts. You will have the opportunity to gain first-hand experience working on a research project with an external organisation from the feminist third sector and organisations committed to gender equality in arts, culture and sport.

Glasgow has a diverse range of key women’s and equalities organisations in the city. The University of Strathclyde has particularly strong links with the Glasgow Women’s Library, the only accredited museum in the UK dedicated to women’s lives, histories and achievements. You'll benefit from access to the unique archival collections held by the Library as part of this course.

What you’ll study

Gender studies is a multi-disciplinary field dealing intersectionally with various social and cultural dimensions.

Reflecting this, the MSc Applied Gender Studies combines interdisciplinary core courses on gender theory, feminist research and the history of feminist thought, with optional classes within a range of disciplinary traditions.

Strathclyde has particular strengths in feminist and queer approaches within Journalism and Media Studies, English Literature, History, Creative Writing, Education, Politics and International Relations, Criminology and Social Policy.

This course comprises of three core courses:

  • Understanding Gender
  • Feminist Knowledge, Feminist Research
  • Feminisms – Continuity & Change

These core modules focus on providing students with an interdisciplinary frame for the critical study of gender that is underpinned by feminist theory and acknowledges the ways in which gender informs – and is informed by – other structural inequalities.

Understanding how feminist theory, research and activism has developed over time is a key element of the degree, and our core courses include visits to Glasgow Women’s Library to learn about feminist archiving and work with their original collections.

Collectively, these courses equip students with a knowledge and understanding of key feminist debates about ontology, epistemology and methodology, and enable them to identify both commonalities and differences in the ways these debates have been taken up in different disciplinary contexts over time.

Students also take three optional courses chosen from a range of modules. These are updated annually and may include:

  • Queer Global Literatures
  • Gender, Health and Modern Medicine
  • Diversity, Gender and Sexuality in Education
  • Feminism and International Relations
  • Transcultural Fandom and British Popular Culture
  • Italian Women Writers and the Anglophone Sphere

The Gender Studies Research Placement and Advanced Topics in Gender Studies options run every year. You'll also complete a Gender Studies dissertation. We're well placed to supervise projects aligned to a range of disciplinary interests and using diverse methodologies.

In addition to the MSc Applied Gender Studies, we also offer the MSc Applied Gender Studies (Research Methods) which is the recommended route for students intending to apply for a PhD in the Social Sciences.

Students on this programme take core modules Feminist Knowledge and Research, Advanced Topics in Gender Studies, Perspectives on Social Research, Quantitative Methods and Qualitative Methods.

Students following this route take only one of the optional courses listed above and similarly complete a dissertation.

Research placement

The Research Placement option provides students with the opportunity to put their Gender Studies learning and research training into practice in a real-world environment.

Students conduct a piece of research according to a brief produced in consultation with the host organisation.

The course team have established links with potential placement providers - in Glasgow and beyond - from the feminist third sector and a range of organisations committed to gender equality in arts, culture and sport.

Examples of organisations we have links with include Women in Journalism, Engender, Glasgow Women’s Library, Zero Tolerance, Rape Crisis Scotland, Women’s Support Project, Scottish Football Association, The Parliament Project and the National Union of Journalists.

Learning & teaching

The core courses are delivered in weekly seminars where there is an emphasis on student participation and engagement.

On both Feminist Knowledge, Feminist Research and Feminisms – Continuity and Change, some of our classes are held at Glasgow Women’s Library.

Assessment

The assessment is all in the form of coursework, with a range of assessments designed to allow students to demonstrate different research and writing skills.

All the core courses have more than one assessment point so that receiving and responding to feedback is built in to the course design. Optional modules are taught and assessed in a variety of ways.

On the Research Placement module, students will deliver their research in a form agreed in advance with the Placement provider so as to best meet their needs and provide the student with the opportunity to develop skills in delivering research in real world contexts.

Careers

The MSc Applied Gender Studies is a great route into working in the feminist third sector, or into equality and diversity work across a range of contexts.

We positively encourage part-time study and where students are already working in these areas there may be possibilities to conduct research for their placement and/or dissertation within their workplace.



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  • introduce new approaches to gender studies and sexuality studies as a theoretical, social, cultural, political and historical field of investigation
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Students from all academic backgrounds are invited to apply.

Coursework and assessment

Students may take a range of options across the humanities and social sciences.  

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: 

Career opportunities

Students in our programme have gone on to take up a diverse range of careers in both the public and private sectors. Some have gone on to pursue postgraduate research, and several have taken up jobs as teachers.



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Two fully funded scholarships are available on a competitive basis.

What will you study?

The course is designed to allow you to reflect critically upon a range of intersecting differences, race, gender, class, sexuality, and disability in such a way as to resist the scripts of white, heteronormative, ableist privilege that tend to invisibly structure discourse unless a concerted effort is made not to allow default social scripts to circulate unchallenged.

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Assessment

Coursework and dissertation.

Course structure
Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Core modules
-Advanced Interdisciplinary Critical Skills
-Gender Without Borders Dissertation
-Interrogating Intersectional Differences: Gender, Race, Sexuality, Class

Optional modules
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-Gender and Sexuality
-Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Cinema
-Gender, Race and Class
-Philosophy and Psychoanalysis

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Key features
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What will you study?

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Assessment

Essays, presentations, research projects, and dissertation.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Core modules
-Film History Theory and Analysis
-Film Studies Dissertation
-Media and Cinema in a Global Context

Optional modules
-British Cinema 1960s to Today
-Freedom, Censorship and Subversion
-Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Cinema
-Special Study: Branding the Self: Celebrity, Identity and David Bowie
-Special Study: Getting High on Cinema. The Drug Experience Film
-Special Study: Screaming out Loud: International Horror Television and Film
-Vamps, Divas, Tramps, Lolitas

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