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MA Gender Studies

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.

Compulsory modules:

Researching Gender
Theorising Gender
Gender Studies Dissertation

Optional modules:

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
Contested Bodies
Gender and Health
Childbirth in Seventeenth Century England
Representing Women in Medieval Literature
Critical Musicology
Gender, Globalisation and Development
Race, Gender and Migration

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

(Student Profile)

Raj Passy

1440.jpg I currently work as a civil servant for the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission. The current organisation that is responsible for administering statutory child maintenance; the Child Support Agency, is being de-commissioned.

This is where my role comes in. My role is to design a completely new organisation that is set to go-live in 2012. I have responsibility for defining the customer experience, specifying our policy framework, and ensuring the design of our new IT system meets the requirements of our future customers.

The School of Sociology and Social Policy was very attractive because of its 4* RAE rating and the credentials of the University itself. With over 33,000 students, no matter how niche your interests are, or how diverse your background is, you’re bound to find like-minded people.

My initial perception of a postgraduate degree was that it would be more like a 4th year of uni but just ‘a little harder’. But as I got into my first semester, I found that my perception was challenged quite a bit! The course was different in that it forces you to reconsider what you learnt in your undergraduate degree and look at things in a new light.

During my entire time with the School, from application to graduation, the communication from the School was absolutely brilliant. This got even better throughout the semesters and I cannot fault the School on any count.

(Student Profile)

Stefanie Boulila

1757.jpg I came to Leeds for an MA in Global Genders. During my MA I received a PhD scholarship from the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

I’m really enjoying my PhD research and all the doors it has been opening. It has been a busy few months of meeting great people and engaging in critical debates. I have also started to teach undergraduates in the School of Sociology & Social Policy.

The friendly and supportive atmosphere at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies (CIGS) excelled everything. The staff have gone out of their way to make sure that we get the most out of our MAs.

They have helped us with funding applications, conference papers, and even supported us when we decided to organise an international conference.

The atmosphere at CIGS is unique and if you are interested in an academically challenging and yet unconventional MA then the gender programmes are definitely for you!

The facilities at the University are amazing and exceeded my expectations by far. The libraries provided me with a wide collection of knowledge as well as free courses and online tutorials around study/research skills.

There is a lot of free advice and help for students on campus coming from a range of services such as the Language Centre, the Careers Centre, the Student Counselling Centre, the Student Union and many more.


Entry Requirements

A good honours degree in a related discipline or non-UK equivalent. If English is not your first language you will also need an English language qualification, for example IELTS a minimum of 6.5 with at least 6.0 in all components.

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