Entry requirements

  • A good 2.1 Honours undergraduate degree. If you studied your first degree outside the UK, see the international entry requirements.
  • The MLitt in Gender Studies welcomes applicants from a range of disciplinary backgrounds including, but not limited to:
    • anthropology
    • cultural studies
    • history
    • literary studies
    • media studies
    • philosophy
    • politics.

Months of entry

September

Course content

The MLitt in Gender Studies explores the theory and history of gender studies. You will develop an interdisciplinary understanding of the ways in which gender is defined, generated, and communicated as well as learn applied skills in textual, visual, and comparative analysis.

Highlights

  • Aimed at students who want to deepen their understanding of gender studies including those who may want to continue to a doctoral degree.
  • Degree structure and content helps students with limited direct subject experience to develop advanced knowledge and understanding.
  • Intersectional approach will help you understand the connections between gender, class, ethnicity, sexuality, power, and inequality.
  • Interdisciplinary character allows you to use ideas from different disciplines to illuminate your studies.
  • Integrated training programme connects your academic learning with the development of professional competencies that enhance employability.

The MLitt in Gender Studies is distinguished by its interdisciplinary character. You will be encouraged to develop a more rounded, interdisciplinary understanding of gender studies questions and concepts and to use ideas from different disciplines to illuminate your studies. The core modules bring together subject experts from across the University, providing different disciplinary perspectives on key topics. The optional modules allow you to further develop the interdisciplinary character of your studies.

You will develop your knowledge of the history and nature of key theoretical concepts in gender studies and engage with contemporary questions and debates. Your learning will encompass subjects including feminism and women’s studies, masculine studies, sexism and oppression, and queer theory. The degree is committed to the intersectional analysis of the phenomena it examines and will deepen your understanding of the connections between gender, class, ethnicity, sexuality, and power.

The degree will be of particular interest if you intend to continue to doctoral research as it provides a broad-based programme of study culminating in a supervised research project.

The MLitt in Gender Studies has close links with the St Andrews Institute for Gender Studies. The Institute brings together more than 100 academic affiliates from 17 of the University’s schools and, as part of your studies, you will be encouraged to attend Institute events and to reflect on your learning from these. These links will bring you into contact with current gender studies research across different disciplines, helping to give your studies a remarkable richness and depth.

The degree includes an integrated training programme. The training programme connects your academic learning with the development of professional competencies that enhance employability. The training programme brings together postgraduates from all Graduate School Masters degrees, helping you to make new interdisciplinary connections and providing a supportive social aspect to the Graduate School community.

Teaching format

The MLitt in Gender Studies is a one-year full-time degree. You will complete two compulsory modules in semester 1 (September to December) and a third compulsory module in semester 2 (January to May). You will complete one or two optional modules in each semester.

You will use the period from June to August to complete a supervised research project.

The MLitt degree involves both independent and group study, and teaching methods include seminars, workshops, and practical sessions.

Most modules are assessed through coursework including essays, reflective assignments, and presentations.

Modules

The modules in this programme have varying methods of delivery and assessment. For more details of each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see our website; some elements may be subject to change for 2020 entry.

Fees and funding

UK students
£9,450
International students
EU: £9,450 Overseas: £19,400

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MLitt
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGCert
    full time
    9 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    full time
    9 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Name
The Graduate School for Interdisciplinary Studies
Email
gradschool@st-andrews.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1334 46 2032