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Tuition Fees (2016/17)
£8,755 (FT) £4,375 (PT)
£17,250 (FT) £8,755 (PT)

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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.


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. 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.

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, Life Sciences.

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


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 two compulsory modules worth 30 and 15 credits for a total of 45 credits, the dissertation (60 credits) and 75 credits-worth of other modules.

Research-Intensive Pathway

You will take the two compulsory modules worth 30 and 15 credits for a total of 45 credits, the dissertation (90 credits) and 45 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

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.

If you wish to take a module offered by a department other than CMII or SELCS, please contact the relevant departmental administrator in the first instance.

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.



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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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.

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 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.

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.


For information on specific opportunities for programmes and research within the Centre for Multicultural & Interdisciplinary Inquiry (CMII), visit Funding, Studentships & Prizes on the CMII 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 programme
  • 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.