Entry requirements

2:1 Hons degree (UK or equivalent) in Sociology, Gender Studies, English 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?

  • Discover how gender is portrayed in the 21st century, and compare this with literature from across the ages
  • Explore implications and public discussions related to #metoo, diversity and inclusion, gendered and racial violence, representations of difference, and unequal power dynamics in culture, publishing, and literature
  • Interact with professors and visiting academics in our Centre for Gender Studies, a research community in the UK that is active in feminist and inequality debate
  • Discuss and debate texts with our widely published scholars – thought leaders and respected voices in literary criticism and gender studies.
  • Debate contemporary social issues supported by experts who are leaders in gender and inequality research
  • Prepare for a future fighting social inequality through engaging with feminist activists and literary academics in seminars and workshops

Want to deepen your understanding of gender inequalities alongside studies in English literature? Maybe you’ll develop your voice to challenge social injustices or help shape the way organisations and governments operate.

Understanding inequality

Gender, sex and bodily discrimination affects all areas of society. During this course you’ll explore these inequalities and their intersections with areas like race and disability. The expertise you develop in this degree will allow you to take a sophisticated approach to contemporary issues facing society.

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

Examine issues of gender and inequality in literature

Alongside gender studies, you’ll also explore both modern and historical literature, examining voices in inequality across the ages. Our department has a particular strength in modern literature, and we’ll encourage an understanding of current changes in how gender is portrayed in literature. However, the course is wide-ranging and, from post-colonial women’s writing, to the works of the Romantics, you’ll analyse a range of literary forms such as poetry, novels, essays, autobiography and travelogues.

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 the 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