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The Extended MA in Gender and Culture offers an innovative interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approach to the study of Gender and Culture.

Key Features of MA in Gender and Culture

The Gender and Culture course is an interdisciplinary MA scheme taught by Gender specialists across the Arts and Humanities - in the subject areas of Development Studies, Political and Cultural Studies, English Literature, Egyptology, European Languages, History, Media Studies, and Political and Cultural Studies.

If you are interested in gender and gender relations in politics, literature, culture, and history, like engaging in discussion and intellectual argument, and are excited about the idea of working within and across different subject areas, the MA in Gender and Culture is ideal for you.

The MA in Gender and Culture examines the production, reproduction and transformation of gender in culture and society.

The degree in Gender and Culture is supported by the research activity of GENCAS, the Centre for Research into Gender in Culture and Society in the College of Arts and Humanities.

The College of Arts and Humanities has a Graduate Centre. The Graduate Centre fosters and supports individual and collaborative research activity of international excellence and offers a vibrant and supportive environment for students pursuing postgraduate research and taught masters study. The Centre provides postgraduate training to enhance academic and professional development and facilitates participation in seminar programmes, workshops and international conferences.

The Extended MA (EMA) in Gender and Culture is a 240-credit postgraduate qualification that is equivalent to 120 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) and is thus a recognised Masters qualification throughout the European Union. The EMA is a standard UK MA plus an additional 60 credits (30 ECTS) and this additional coursework is undertaken in one semester at a partner institution overseas. The EMA is therefore not only an EU recognised postgraduate qualification it also adds a study abroad experience thus enhancing the qualification’s employability credentials.

The partner institution for EMA Gender and Culture is the University of Regensburg. Founded in 1962, Regensburg is a renowned international centre of teaching and research. Although it has over 21,000 thousand students, the university offers a broad range of disciplines of study, as well as having excellent infrastructure and a favourable staff-student ratio. Regensburg is also active in research, with six special research areas supported by the German Research Society and a strong presence in German- and EU-funded research initiatives. The university has a significant international presence, offering exchange links with more than 200 European institutions and 45 overseas universities. Students will have access to the complete range of services and facilities offered at the university, along with inclusion in the many academic and social activities that take place. Located right in the heart of the old town of Regensburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the university is situated in the centre of a culturally and socially rich area with over 2,000 years of history.

Gender and Culture Programme Aims

  • To develop independent thinking and writing. You devise your own essay projects in consultation with a gender specialist - this combines the benefits of expert guidance with the rewards of shaping an intellectual project for yourself.
  • To sharpen and develop your skills and take them to a new level by providing the chance for original thinking and intellectual freedom in writing the ‘dissertation’ element, where you complete your own research project.

Gender and Culture Course Structure

The full-time Gender and Culture course comprises three modules taken in each academic semester (a total of six modules) and then a dissertation over the summer.

In part one, students study three compulsory modules and three optional modules.

In part two, students are required to write the dissertation component which draws on issues and themes developed throughout the year.

Part-time study is available.


Modules on the Gender and Culture course include:

  • Gender and Culture: An introduction
  • Conceptual Issues In the Theory and Practice of Social Sciences
  • Gender and the Social Sciences
  • Explorers, Travel and Geography in the Ancient World
  • Gender, Genre and the Nation: Women Writing Modern Wales
  • Angela Carter
  • Neo-Victorian Mutinies: Gender & Racial Trauma in Neo-Victorian Fiction (& Film)
  • The Queer Middle Ages: Bodies, Textuality and Objects
  • Practising Ideas: Advanced Research Skills in English / Contemporary Writing / Welsh Writing in English
  • Was Eve Framed? Theorising the Medieval Walled Garden
  • War, Technology and Culture
  • Gender in Contemporary European Culture
  • Human rights, Humanitarian Intervention and Global Justice: Moral Problems International Politics
  • Politics in Contemporary Britain
  • Rights-based Approaches to Development
  • Postcolonialism, Orientalism, Eurocentrism
  • Gender, Society and Politics in the Middle East and North Africa

Career Prospects

Career expectations are excellent for Gender and Culture graduates. Our graduates are employed in diverse and dynamic vocations such as education, business, law and finance, marketing, sales and advertising; commercial, industrial and public sectors; media and PR; creative and professional writing; social and welfare professions; heritage and tourism; government and politics; foreign affairs and diplomatic corps; humanitarian organisations and some go on to study a PhD.

Visit the Gender and Culture (Extended) MA page on the Swansea University website for more details!




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