Gender, Society and Representation (Research Pathway) MA

Options: PG Diploma

This interdisciplinary 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.

Mode of study

  • Full-time 1 year
  • Part-time 2 years

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £8,500
  • UK/EU Part-time: £4,250
  • Overseas Full-time: £16,750
  • Overseas Part-time: £8,500

Application date

  • All applicants: 1 August 2014

More details in Application section.

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.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of one core module (30 credits), one Research Methods module (15 credits), optional modules (45 credits) and a dissertation (90 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time one year, part-time two years) is offered.

Core Modules

  • Gender, Society And Representation
  • Research Methods


  • Family Politics in Israeli Literature
  • Population and Development
  • Gender in Policy and Planning
  • Gender, Culture and Language
  • The Tale of Bluebeard
  • Gender and Politics
  • Post-Revolutionary Iranian Cinema: Gender, Nation and Narration
  • Spanish Film
  • The Latin American Cinematic Tradition
  • Border Narratives in Latin America
  • Cultural Anthropology of South-Eastern Europe
  • Public and Private Modernities
  • Film in the Weimar Republic and the Third Reich
  • Course options from the School of African and Oriental Studies


Students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a substantial dissertation of 18,000 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:


All prospective students can apply for the UCL Graduate School Open Scholarships.

Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.

Entry requirements

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.

International equivalencies

Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements

English language proficiency level: Good

How to apply

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

The deadline for applications is 1 August 2014.

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
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.


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


The MA in Gender, Society and Representation prepares students for a wide range of careers. The degree encourages equally those who seek to develop an exhisting research interest and those in career in which issues of gender have an important role. Our graduates have gone on to careers as researchers, administrators and communications officers for charities, NGOs and the private sector.

Next steps


Admissions Officer

Mr Joseph Tilley

T: +44 (0)20 7679 3096


Ms Patrizia Oliver

T: +44 (0)20 7679 7024


Centre for Multi-disciplinary & Intercultural Inquiry

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