Masters degrees in Gender Studies examine the influence of social institutions and relationships on the concept of gender. Courses are usually Masters of Arts (MAs) but it’s possible to study gender from a more scientific angle, and in these cases you’d normally be awarded an MSc.
Related postgraduate specialisms include Women’s Studies, Sexuality Studies and Gender & Media Studies.
Issues of gender are becoming more and more prominent in society, and a Masters in Gender Studies will equip you with the knowledge to make sense of the myriad ways in which gender affects everyone’s lives.
Programmes often take an interdisciplinary approach to the subject, bringing together elements of literature, politics, history, media and science. This means that you’ll come away with a nuanced and well-rounded understanding of gender and its applications. You might explore the representation of gender in the media, or track how perceptions of gender and sexuality have changed over the centuries.
After finishing your Masters, you could find work in sectors like journalism, publishing and academia. You may also be well-qualified to join a non-governmental organisation (NGO), charity, governmental institution or international organisation.