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Gender, Society and Representation MA

Gender, Society and Representation is an inter-faculty programme drawing on the unusual breadth of disciplines for which UCL is renowned, including development studies, law, anthropology, literary scholarship, geography and queer studies. UCL offers students an opportunity to develop their own interests within this broad intellectual landscape.

Key Information

Modes and duration

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

Programme start date

September 2016

Tuition Fees (2016/17)

£8,755 (FT) £4,375 (PT)
£17,250 (FT) £8,755 (PT)

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 5 October 2015
Close: 29 July 2016

Entry Requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

English Language Requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Advanced

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Degree Information

Students gain the advanced skills, methods, concepts and theories required for the study of gender in an interdisciplinary context at graduate level. Optional modules offer students a genuine opportunity to develop their own interests in a wide range of disciplines, and the dissertation provides opportunities for independent research.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme offers two pathways: Taught and Research. Taught consists of two core modules (45 credits), optional modules (75 credits), and a dissertation (60 credits). Research consists of two core modules (45 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


  • Options may include the following:
  • Border Crossings
  • Equality, Justice and Difference
  • Feminism and Philosophy
  • Gender, Race and Sexuality: New Readings in Francophone Literature and Visual Culture
  • Gendering the Study of Politics: Theory and Practice
  • Hollywood Genres
  • The Human and Non-Human in Medieval Art
  • Language, Power, Ideology
  • Population and Development
  • Public and Private Modernities
  • Readings in 20th Century Chinese Culture: Family, Childhood, Gender
  • Reproduction, Sex and Sexuality
  • Sex and the Body in Early Modern Europe
  • Sexuality and Society in Russia and Eastern Europe
  • Spanish Film
  • Theories of Childhood and Society
  • Tracing the Body: Technologies of Representation in 18th and 19th Century France
  • Women in Jewish Tradition
  • Elective modules from the School of Oriental and African Studies


Students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 12,000 words (taught pathway) or 18,000 words (research pathway).

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 information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site Gender, Society and Representation MA


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

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed (where available) below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.


Engaging with gender and sexuality concerns is now an integral aspect of research and planning activities in a wide range of fields. The need to address different forms of discrimination has created a demand in both public and private sectors for highly qualified graduates with a broad theoretical background in gender & sexuality studies, a familiarity with the intersectional nature of inequality, and a commitment to social change. Our graduates have gone on to careers as researchers, administrators and communications officers for charities, cultural institutions, NGOs and the private sector, and in academic research in related disciplines.

Top career destinations for this degree

  • Research Centre Assistant, Oversea Development Institute (2013)
  • Consultant , Ministry of Agriculture, Argentina (2011)
  • Resource Developer and Social Media Officer, Selmer Institute of Education, Australia (2014)
  • Front of House and Marketing Supervisor, Benjamin Franklin House (2014)
  • Internship, African Development Bank's Special Envoy on Gender's Office (2015)


Students graduating from this Master's programme will possess a broad understanding of gender issues in social practice and discourse. They will have demonstrated intellectual flexibility in engaging successfully with a diverse and challenging range of subject areas and disciplinary approaches to gender. They will be able to develop and sustain a convincing argument on a variety of complex subjects, supporting their conclusions with appropriate evidence, clearly expressed. They will have experience in researching a topic from scratch, learning to identify and choose between different routes into exploring that topic and producing a coherent account of their research and findings.

Why study this degree at UCL?

Gender & sexuality studies have expanded rapidly in recent decades, to emerge as 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 & Humanities, Social & Historical Sciences, Laws, Life Sciences.

Student / staff ratios › 54 staff › 195 taught students › 58 research students

Department: Centre for Multi-disciplinary & Intercultural Inquiry

Degree reviews

Student review

"A fantastically diverse and in-depth course that will introduce you to entirely new subject areas, challenge your preconceptions, broaden your thinking and, of course, eloquently explain why feminism matters."

Sarah Handyside

Gender, Society and Representation MA
Student review

"The last two years have been extremely enriching. The programme provides a wide-ranging selection of theories, giving students the opportunities to explore further. I have also had the chance to meet many like-minded students to share thoughts and discussions with - these exchanges were beneficial in the development of my work, and my experience more generally."

Gabriella Bassi Ricci

Gender, Society and Representation MA
Alumni review

"I am passionate about gender studies, and UCL's gender programme has a strong reputation. I was similarly inspired by the progressive women's history of the university."

Casey Burchell

Gender, Society and Representation MA (2014)

Application and next steps


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.

Who can apply?

The programme is particularly suitable for students with a first degree in either the arts and humanities or the social and historical sciences, who wish to study gender in both general and more specialised contexts.

Application deadlines

All applicants
29 July 2016
Applicants interested in the research pathway should apply for the taught pathway and simultaneously contact Ann Varley to express their interest in the research pathway.

For more information see our Applications page.

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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.


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