Research course

Gender and Culture

University of Edinburgh · School of Literature, Languages and Cultures
MSc by research

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree (or its equivalent) in an appropriate subject. Applicants are asked to send a writing sample (in English) of between 3000 - 4000 words (this can be a previous essay or dissertation excerpt submitted as part of your degree studies) and a brief research proposal. If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English. IELTS minimum score IELTS: total 7.0 (at least 6.5 in each module) Other accepted tests and scores TOEFL-iBT: 100 (at least 23 in all sections) PTE(A): total 67 (at least 61 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections) CPE: Grade B; CAE: Grade A

Months of entry


Course content

Gender is central to the experience of being human and this programme aims to give a focus to gender studies within the School. Drawing on existing expertise in research, publishing and teaching across the School, the programme will enable students to delineate a focus for the study of gender representation in literary, language and film cultures.

The programme will attract students who aim to critically interrogate representations of gender and to engage with the diversity of approaches emerging from the field of gender and sexuality studies including those found in literature, language and film studies, feminism, critical theory, postmodernism, postcolonialism, psychoanalysis, French feminism, cultural studies, LGBT studies, queer studies.

As well as expertise in these critical approaches the School provides an exceptional opportunity for study spanning historical periods from the Middle Ages on, and various geographical locations such as Asian, European, Latin American, Middle Eastern, Russian and US contexts.

The programme aims to give students the opportunity to extend their knowledge and understanding of gender in representation, familiarise them with current debates in gender studies, and give them the opportunity to focus in-depth in this field with experienced academic supervisors, and through training in academic research methodologies.

Qualification and course duration

MSc by research

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Programme Director
+44 (0)131 650 3068