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Fees and funding
All prospective students can apply for the UCL Graduate School Open Scholarships.
Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website
Research Assessment Rating
Interdisciplinary: not an assessed unit
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The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly.
Gender, Society and Representation (Research Pathway) MA
This programme draws on the expertise available throughout UCL in a wide range of faculties and departments. The programme aims to address the challenges arising from contemporary changes in gender relations and to provide students with the theoretical and methodological frameworks with which gender issues are explored, researched and implemented.
What will I learn?
Students gain the advanced skills, methods, concepts and theories required for the study of gender in an interdisciplinary context at graduate level. The optional courses offer students a genuine opportunity to develop their own interests in a wide range of disciplines, and the dissertation provides opportunities for independent research.
Why should I study this degree at UCL?
Gender Studies has expanded rapidly over the past few decades, to emerge as a central and 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 and Humanities, Social and Historical Sciences, Laws, Life Sciences, the Built Environment and Medical Humanities.
See subject website for more information:
Availability: Full-time 1 year; Part-time 2 years
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of one core module (30 credits), optional modules (45 credits) and a research project (incorporating a dissertation worth 90 credits and Research Methods worth 15 credits).
A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time one year, part-time two years) is offered.
Students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a substantial dissertation of 25,000 words.
Teaching and Learning
Teaching sessions are envisaged as 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 details available on subject website:
Entry and application
A minimum of an upper second-class Honours degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.
How to apply
You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps
The deadline for applications is 2 August 2013. Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should apply no later than the 1 March for the year of entry.
Who can apply?
The programme is particularly suitable for students with a first degree in either the field of arts and humanities or the field of social and historical sciences, who wish to study gender in both general and more specialised contexts.
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Gender, Society and Representation at graduate level
- why you want to study Gender, Society and Representation at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to this programme
- how your personal, academic and professional background meets the demands of this programme
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Gender is now an integral aspect of research and planning in a wide range of areas. This has created a demand in both the public and the private sectors for highly qualified graduates with a broad theoretical background in Gender Studies.
First career destinations of recent graduates include:
- International Network of Street Papers: Administration Intern
- The Housing Association: Resident Liaison Officer
- University of Cambridge: Contracts Assistant
- Aldeia Nova: Project Assistant
Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website: