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MA Gender Studies


Course Description

SOAS MA in Gender Studies is unique in that it refocuses issues of Western Gender Studies on the complex specificities of Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Drawing on the expertise of staff across all SOAS faculties, it offers the specialised study of gender in relation to Asian, African and Middle Eastern cultures, together with rigorous training in and questioning of contemporary gender theory.

Course detail

The MA in Gender Studies will be administered by the Faculty of Law and Social Sciences. Like the MA Area Studies programmes, it will not have a specific departmental home, reflecting its academic structure as an interdisciplinary degree.

You will gain an invaluable insight into issues of gender and develop a breadth of knowledge of the multifaceted nature of the subject through different critical perspectives and socio-political backgrounds.

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

Suitability

The SOAS MA in Gender Studies will appeal to 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, especially, but not exclusively, 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 into their own areas of expertise; and

• those having previously trained in particular disciplines, such as Anthropology, Cultural and Media Studies, Religious Studies, Comparative Literature, History, Politics, etc.

A global perspective

Studying Gender Studies at SOAS University of London enhances your learning experience by giving you a global perspective. Our MA programme is unique in that it offers a rigorous and specialised study of gender across the world and you will be encouraged to question contemporary gender theory.

Depending on courses selected, you can choose the following pathways:

• Specialised research training MA in Gender Studies – ideal if you are contemplating advanced postgraduate research in Gender Studies with regional specialisation.

• A broad MA programme if you have a background in Women's/ Gender/ Area Studies etc. and you are seeking to enhance your knowledge of gender in relation to cross-cultural issues.

• A special interest MA, enabling you to study in depth gender issues in relation to a particular regional or disciplinary specialisation, e.g. Gender in the Middle East, Gender in Music etc.

Expert at where the world is changing

Drawing on the expertise of staff across SOAS, the programme will give you the opportunity to engage with academics who make a significant contribution to the field. An example of one of our many research projects is our partnership with Power2youth: http://www.power2youth.eu/project#sthash.3HdEUFiM.dpuf

The project, funded under the European Commission’s 7th Framework Programme, is in its third year and explores the dynamics of youth exclusion and the prospects for youth transformative agency through an interdisciplinary and gender-sensitive approach in the South East Mediterranean region.

Format and assessment

The programme is structured in the same way as most SOAS MA degrees: students take three taught units and complete a dissertation.

All students take the compulsory course Gender Theory and the Study of Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Further options include a wide range of gender and gender-related courses from a comprehensive list offered by the Faculties of Languages and Cultures and Arts and Humanities. Students will write a 10,000 word dissertation based on either the compulsory course or one of the component courses.

Postgraduate Open Evenings

You’ll be able to have one-to-one discussions with academics and current students. You can also attend specialist subject talks and take a tour of our campus.

Book now: http://www.soas.ac.uk/admissions/pg/openevenings/

Webinars

Our webinars give you an opportunity to hear and ask questions about the subject you’re interested in studying. We also cover topics such as making an application, Tier 4 Visa entry, fees and funding, scholarships, accommodation options as well as career related information.

Book now: https://www.soas.ac.uk/admissions/pg/webinars/

How to apply

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

Visit the MA Gender Studies page on the SOAS University of London website for more details!



All Available Videos:


(Student Profile)

Mary Bridger

SOAS was my only choice of postgrad school after working various internships in the field of international development and seeing the reputation it had, and the number of my mentors who had studied here.

Without doubt the best thing about my course was the people I studied with. We had a great group of Gender MA students who shared their experiences and insights to create a great and diverse learning environment. However. I wouldn’t have enjoyed my course nearly as much if not for the hard work of our course convener, Ruba Salih and my two great teaching associates, Leyli I. Behbahani and Katie Natanel.

Away from my studies, I’ve enjoyed exploring the area around SOAS and getting to know London better as a resident and not just as a tourist. Being a student has allowed me to take advantage of great offers for theatre, concerts and public lectures which I otherwise couldn’t have afforded or wouldn’t have known about.

SOAS is a great place for collaborative learning and one that provides unique opportunities.

(Student Profile)

Naureen Ali

The MA in Gender Studies at SOAS has introduced me to a wide horizon of disciplines within Gender Studies. Through this particular MA program I have had the privilege of learning not only from my peers, who come from diverse backgrounds and perspectives, but also from teachers and scholars who specialise in the study of gender within various disciplines.

The unique point of studying at SOAS is the opportunity to draw upon a diverse range of disciplines and courses that connect to your main area of study. I was able to study about gender in law, politics, migration and development with the great privilege of being taught these courses by scholars specialising in these fields such as Dr Nadje Al-Ali, Dr Gina Heathcote and Dr Ruba Salih. The contribution of their expertise and experience as well as their accessibility is invaluable which makes SOAS a great choice for the study of gender.

My class included students from various countries and disciplines, many of whom were working in the field of gender. I learnt a lot from interacting with them as I had the opportunity to witness gender studies in action. My tutorials introduced me to a higher dimension of learning through our tutors who themselves are PhD students. SOAS truly opens up a horizon of possibilities, possibilities you can explore and build upon.


(Scholarship)

The Ahmad Mustafa Abu-Hakima Bursary - Single Award

Candidate Criteria:
- Applicants must possess a good honours degree from a UK university or an equivalent institution recognised by SOAS.- In order to be eligible for this scholarship, you must have provided evidence in the statement of your admission application on how your full-time taught Masters programme involves the history of the modern Arab world. Applicants are strongly advised to identify relevant courses offered as majors or minors as part of their programme of choice. Failure to provide such evidence will disqualify the application.- Applicants must have an offer of admission to pursue a full-time masters programme at SOAS by the scholarship application deadline.- Applicants must meet the English language condition of their offer of admission to study at SOAS as soon as possible but no later than 1 June 2016. If your offer is conditional on English, please arrange your English test and ensure you meet the English requirements as soon as possible. - Open to UK/EU and Overseas applicantsCandidate Assessment
- Candidates will be assessed on academic merit by a Selection Panel consisting of three academic members. - The assessment of your application will be based on the information provided in your scholarship application and in your on-line application for admission. Selectors will be looking at the degree results and also at academic references, statement and other relevant information.Scholarship Application Deadline
- Scholarship applications must be received no later than 17:00 (UK local time) on 24 February 2016.- You must submit a complete online application to your programme as soon as possible and then submit an application for the scholarship. Applicants applying for scholarships must also submit an application for admission well in advance. Please note that complete applications for admission can take up to 4 weeks to be considered by the Department, although this duration can vary depending on the time of year. You should be prepared to wait up to 6 weeks in busy periods.- Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£4,500

Eligibility

The bursary is for students undertaking full-time postgraduate degrees involving the study of the modern history of the Arab world

Application Procedure

You must apply for this scholarship via the on-line scholarship application form.

Further Information

http://www.soas.ac.uk/registry/scholarships/the-ahmad-mustafa-abuhakima-bursary.html


(Scholarship)

Canon Collins Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

These scholarships are for Masters study in any subject field.
The application process normally opens in December and closes in February, for study commencing in September the following year. Please go to the Canon Collins website and click "Apply for A Scholarship" and then "Canon Collins Scholarship for Masters Study in the UK" for further information on how to apply.

Value of Scholarship(s)

See website

Eligibility

Country/Nationality: Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Application Procedure

See the website

Further Information

http://www.canoncollins.org.uk/


(Scholarship)

SOAS Master's Scholarships - Faculty of Law and Social Sciences - 16 Awards

There are six SOAS Master's scholarships available in the Faculty of Law and Social Sciences. Each is valued at £16,765 each in total. Fees will be deducted from this amount and the remainder will be used toward maintenance. In addition to these six SOAS Master's scholarship, the Faculty will offer an extra 10 scholarships, each valued at approximately £1,500.Candidate Assessment:
- Candidates will be assessed on academic merit by an Advisory Panel consisting of at least three academic members of the Faculty. - The assessment of your application will be based on the information provided in your scholarship application and in your on-line admission application for admission. Selectors will be looking at the degree results and also at academic references, statement and other relevant information.Scholarship Application Deadline
- Scholarship applications must be received no later than 17:00 (UK local time) on 24 February 2016. - In order to be considered for this scholarship, you must ALSO submit a complete online application to the degree programme as soon as possible and then submit an application for the scholarship. Applicants applying for scholarships must also submit an application for admission well in advance. Please note that complete applications for admission can take up to 4 weeks to be considered by the Department, although this duration can vary depending on the time of year. - You should prepare to wait up to 6 weeks in busy periods.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£1,500/£16,765

Eligibility

- Applicants must possess or expect to be awarded a First Class Honours Degree or equivalent. Students with a non-UK degree to be adjudged in the top rank by their referees and transcript.
- This scholarship is open to UK/EU applicants only.
- Applicants must have an offer of admission to pursue one of the eligible full-time masters programmes at SOAS by the scholarship application deadline.
- The scholarship cannot be held along with any other major scholarship or studentship.

Application Procedure

You must apply for this scholarship via the on-line scholarship application form

Further Information

http://www.soas.ac.uk/registry/scholarships/soas-bursary.html



Entry Requirements

Minimum upper second class (II.1) or above honours degree (or equivalent)

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