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MA

How long you will study
12 Months

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How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

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About Gender Studies at School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Leeds

This interdisciplinary programme explores gender relations in the past, present and future, centring marginalised perspectives. This programme takes a transnational view, engaging with decoloniality to tackle some of the most pressing social issues of our modern lives.

The programme will give you a thorough intellectual grounding in feminist scholarship, including both the foundational and canonical texts to which contemporary feminist scholarship owes its legacy, alongside current debates and developments. The course is dedicated to privileging transnational, indigenous and marginalised feminist knowledge, disrupting the narrative of dominant Western perspectives that have frequently come to define feminist scholarship.

Supported by our Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies, and drawing on teaching expertise from around the University, you’ll be able to explore approaches from across a range of academic disciplines. You’ll learn the principles of conducting research on gender and examine issues that both shape and are shaped by gender relations, such as family roles, reproductive technologies, citizenship, sexuality and culture.

Core modules in gender theory and research will lay these foundations, and you’ll build on them by choosing from a range of options on topics such as gendered embodiment, gender and media, racism, decoloniality and migration, and religion and sexuality. There has never been a more exciting time to study gender, and this programme will give you an insight into this vital and fascinating field.

Research insight

The Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies at the University of Leeds is at the forefront of gender research, working closely with other research centres within the School and maintaining strong links with universities around the world. It’s a welcoming and stimulating environment in which to explore gender issues from a range of perspectives.

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Entry requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component.

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    My career goal to work in an NGO is my main motivation for studying and I chose the University of Leeds because of its high course ranking and its reputation in the UK. 

    The academic staff have organised sessions on writing dissertations efficiently. It is obvious that they are very considerate and give priority to students’ needs.

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    The working and learning environment at the school has been exceptional. The staff, both academic and non-academic, have been really supportive and quick to respond throughout. Whenever I’ve had a question, I’ve been offered timely and excellent support. The interdisciplinary expertise at the school is also noteworthy; the co-curricular workshops and seminars constantly organised are particular eye-openers, especially in helping expand your academic horizons further. 

    The course has exceeded my expectations in so many ways. The journey has been challenging but I thoroughly enjoyed the course and it has prepared me and given me the knowledge and confidence necessary for future research endeavours.

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