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.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2017/18)
- £9,840 (FT) £4,970 (PT)
- £20,540 (FT) £10,430 (PT)
Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.
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.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
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About this degree
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. The taught pathway consists of three core modules (60 credits), optional modules (60 credits), and a dissertation (60 credits). The research pathway consists of three core modules (60 credits), optional modules (30 credits) and a dissertation (90 credits).
A Postgraduate Diploma, three core modules (60 credts), two to four optional modules (60 credits), full-time one year, part-time two years, is offered.
- Gender, Society and Representation
- Gender, Politics and Feminism
- Research and Writing Skills
Options may include the following.
- Apocalypse Literature
- 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
- Gender in Policy and Planning
- Gender and Sexuality in Education
- Gender, Sexuality and Cultural Politics
- The Global Politics of Gender and Sexuality
- Hollywood Genres
- The Human and Non-Human in Medieval Art
- 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
- Theories of Childhood and Society
- Tracing the Body: Technologies of Representation in 18th and 19th Century France
- Women in the 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 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.
All prospective students can apply for the UCL Graduate School Open Scholarships.
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.
- UK, EU, Overseas
- Based on academic merit
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 and 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
- Acting Co-ordinator, British & Irish Agencies Afghanistan Group
- LLM Law, Birkbeck College
- Research Centre Assistant, Overseas Development Institute
- Support Services Administrator, Multiple Sclerosis Society
- Events / Programmes Co-Ordinator, International Women's Initiative
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.
Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2012–2014 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.
Why study this degree at UCL?
Gender and 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, and Life Sciences.
Student / staff numbers
› 54 staff
› 213 taught students
› 58 research students
Staff/student numbers information correct as of 1 August 2017.
Research Excellence Framework (REF)
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: Centre for Multi-disciplinary & Intercultural Inquiry
Interdisciplinary programme: see contributing departments
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
What our students and staff say
"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 HandysideGender, Society and Representation MA
"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 RicciGender, Society and Representation MA
"On this programme you cover so many different topics because of its interdisciplinary nature, and I was able to access subjects I had never even thought of before. I would love to go into a job that helps women and women's rights, and this inspired me throughout the programme."
Kirsty LonglandGender, Society and Representation MA
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.
- All applicants
- 28 July 2017
Applicants interested in the research pathway should apply for the taught pathway and simultaneously contact Professor Ann Varley to express their interest in the research pathway. Registration for the research pathway will depend on approval of a dissertation proposal submitted on arrival at UCL.
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
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.