Taught course

Gender Studies MA

Lancaster University · Gender and Women's Studies

Entry requirements

2:1 Hons degree (UK or equivalent) in Sociology, Gender Studies or a related field.

We may also consider non-standard applicants, please contact us for information.

If you have studied outside of the UK, we would advise you to check our list of international qualifications before submitting your application.

Months of entry


Course content

Why Lancaster?

  • Interact with professors and visiting academics in our Centre for Gender Studies, an active community in the UK for feminist and inequality research
  • Gain an insight into nuanced and highly specific areas of inequality studies from expert guest speakers
  • Explore areas of gender or discrimination that are important to you through your specialist dissertation project
  • Prepare for a future fighting social inequality through engaging with feminist activists and academics in workshops and seminars
  • Be part of our vibrant community that screens films, holds events and collaborates in ideas and research

Our MA in Gender Studies will explore gender, sex and multiple dimensions of discrimination from both a contemporary and historical standpoint. You’ll develop analytical skills, understand biases at play and conceive new ways to tackle social inequalities.

Why do we have inequality?

As you study with us at Lancaster University, you will examine the past, present and future of gender inequalities. You’ll look into the intersections of gender bias with areas like race and disability, forming a sophisticated understanding of issues that are more relevant than ever.

For your dissertation, you’ll conduct your own independent research project in an area of your choice. This could be in topics like body image on social media, or the gendered inequalities of immigration policies.

A dynamic community

You’ll also have the opportunity to be involved with our Centre for Gender Studies. Some of the most highly respected names in feminist research and literature have been involved with this Centre including Sara Ahmed, Beverley Skeggs, Maureen McNeil, and Imogen Tyler.

With unique insight, you’ll prepare for a future actively tackling social injustices, whether that’s policy change and governance, or influencing social discourse through the arts.

Information for international students

We may ask you to provide a recognised English language qualification, dependent upon your nationality and where you have studied previously.

We normally require an IELTS (Academic) Test with an overall score of at least 7.0, and a minimum of 6.0 in each element of the test. We also consider other English language qualifications.

If your score is below our requirements, you may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language programmes.

Contact: Admissions Team +44 (0) 1524 592032 or email pgadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk

Fees and funding

Learn more at our fees and funding page.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Sociology Postgraduate Coordinator
+44 (0)1524 593148