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

Programme starts

September 2019

Modes and duration

Full time: 1 year

Part time: 2 years

Part-time students will need to attend 2-3 days a week. Core modules are normally on Wednesday, although this may change without notice. Attendance otherwise depends on option choices.

Tuition fees (2019/20)

£10,440 (FT) £5,275 (PT)
£21,790 (FT) £11,060 (PT)

Application dates

All applicants

Open: 15 October 2018

Close: 26 July 2019

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 Students website.

Fee deposit: All full time students are required to pay a fee deposit of £1,000 for this programme. All part-time students are required to pay a fee deposit of £500.

Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Diploma with fees set accordingly.

Location: London, Bloomsbury


The MA programme requires a total of 180 credits. The MA can be taken via either a taught or a research pathway; details are given below.

Taught Pathway

You will take the three compulsory modules worth 60 credits, the dissertation taught pathway (60 credits) and 60 credits-worth of other modules.

Research-Intensive Pathway

You will take the three compulsory modules worth 60 credits, the dissertation research pathway (90 credits) and 30 credits-worth of other modules.

Prospective students should apply for the taught pathway but simultaneously notify the programme convenor Prof Ann Varley of their interest in the research pathway. Registration for the latter will depend on approval of a dissertation proposal submitted on arrival at UCL.

Compulsory Modules

Specialist Options

Suggested Modules

Some of the option modules that can be taken are listed below. Not all will be available in a given year. In addition, some modules fill up very quickly, whilst other options are sometimes withdrawn because of student demand from the home department, so places cannot be guaranteed.

In addition, students may choose no more than 30 c.u. (1 unit) from modules at the SOAS Centre for Gender Studies, subject to approval by both institutions.

Modules available vary from year to year, this information was correct for September 2018 entry and is subject to change without notice.


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 visiting the MA Gender, Society and Representation Prospective Student website selecting from the drop down list.


Please visit the UCL Funding and Scholarships page.

Wellcome Trust Master's Award in Humanities and Social Science

UCL is permitted to propose only one candidate for Wellcome Master's funding per year. 

If you'd like to be considered for this candidature, please discuss this with the convenor of the programme as soon as possible. Crucially, you must be able to make a strong case that you meet the Trust's priorities for funding.


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.


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.