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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

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

UK/EU:
£8,755 (FT) £4,375 (PT)
Overseas:
£17,250 (FT) £8,755 (PT)

Application deadlines

All applicants:
1 August 2015

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.

English language requirement: Good

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.

International equivalencies

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

  • Research Methods
  • Gender, Society And Representation

Options

  • Elective modules from the School of Oriental and African Studies
  • Spanish Film
  • Reproduction, Sex and Sexuality
  • Gender and Knowledge in History
  • Gender, Culture and Language
  • Sex and the Body in Early Modern Europe
  • Gendering the Study of Politics: Theory and Practice
  • Population and Development
  • Gender, Race and Sexuality: New Readings in Francophone Literature and Visual Culture
  • Gender in Policy and Planning
  • <strong>Options may include the following</strong>:
  • Film in the Weimar Republic and the Third Reich
  • Public and Private Modernities
  • Chinese Film and the Body
  • Sexuality and Society in Russia and Eastern Europe
  • The Human and Non-Human in Medieval Europe
  • Rattling the Gender Agenda
  • Masculinity in Literature and Cinematic Adaptations
  • Language, Power, Ideology
  • Gender, Law and the State

Dissertation/report

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.

Funding

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

More scholarships are listed on the scholarships website

Careers

Gender is now an integral aspect of research and planning in a wide range of areas. The need to address different forms of discrimination has created a demand in both the public and the private sectors for highly qualified graduates with a broad theoretical background in Gender Studies, a familiarity with the issues facing women from different backgrounds, 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

  • Post Museum, Event Organiser, 2011,
  • Ministry of Agriculture, Argentina, Consultant , 2011,
  • International Network of Street Papers, Administration Intern, 2010,
  • University of Sussex, Clerical Assistant, 2011,
  • PG Holborn Hong, Admin Assistant, 2011,

Employability

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 Studies has expanded rapidly in recent decades, to emerge as a crucial 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 Population Health Sciences.

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

Department: Centre for Multi-disciplinary & Intercultural Inquiry

Application and next steps

Applications

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
2015-08-01

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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