Taught course

European Gender Studies

University of Sheffield · School of Modern Languages and Linguistics

Entry requirements

You’ll need a 2:1 in any arts or social science discipline.

Months of entry


Course content

About the course

The course looks at gender in the context of themes and methodologies from European history, culture and society. It will teach you how to analyse gendered ideas, representations and policies in their national and cultural contexts.

Sheffield is leading the debate on gender studies and our Centre for European Gender Studies plays a key role. One-to-one tutorials with staff from the centre are part of the course.

The ability to see a problem from different cultural perspectives gives you an edge in the international jobs market. You’ll also learn valuable transferable skills such as project management and self-directed research.

This MA is a solid basis for a PhD in gender studies or for any career that demands a highly informed sensitivity to equality and diversity issues.

Core modules

The Public and the Private: State, Space and Gender; From Feminism to Gender Studies: Key Texts and Contexts; Research Methods; Dissertation.

Optional modules

Gender Studies in Europe – Directed Reading; Gender Studies (French); Identity and Difference; Cultures of Consumption; Approaches to 19th-century German Literacy Studies; Approaches to Modern German Political Culture; Approaches to Post-War German Politics; Approaches to Dutch Literature since 1945; Sex and Power Politics of Women’s Liberation in Britain; The Politics of the Family in Fin-de-siècle Britain; Feminism (Philosophy).

Teaching and assessment

Lectures, seminars, small-group work and workshops. Classes are small so everyone has the chance to develop their ideas through discussion. You’ll be assessed on essays, seminar presentations and a dissertation based on independent research.

Information for international students

Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Caroline Wordley
+44 (0)114 222 0631