Entry requirements

We encourage applications from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants normally have a first- or upper second-class undergraduate honours degree or comparable experience.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA gives you advanced training in gender, feminist and queer theory and methodology taught through the discussion of contemporary social issues. The course explores:

  • the contribution of gender, feminist and queer theory to a range of academic disciplines
  • methodological approaches to researching gender
  • identity and the social construction of gender across different cultures and societies
  • gender as an embodied social relation and experience
  • the political aspects of gender and feminist research.

The MA is taught by a combination of seminars, lectures, tutorials and individual supervision.


The assessment portfolio is broad and includes concept notes, book reviews and presentations, as well as essays and term papers. You are also required to submit a 15,000-word dissertation.

Course Structure

We continue to develop and update our modules for 2017 entry to ensure you have the best student experience. In addition to the course structure below, you may find it helpful to refer to the Modules tab.

Core modules familiarise you with key debates on gender issues, and present feminist and queer challenges to established disciplines, as well as exploring important theories and methodological approaches. You take two core modules and two options, and you also write a dissertation.

Autumn term: Feminism, Law and Society • Gender Politics and Social Research.

Spring term: you take two options from a list that has previously included Anthropology of Childbirth and Reproductive Health • Queer Theory • Embodiment and Institutionalisation of Violence, Conflict and Conciliation • Feminism and Film • Gender, Inclusion and Educational Development • Queering Popular Culture
• Hate Crime and Sexual Violence • The Cinematic Body • Women and Human Rights.

Summer term: you undertake work on the MA dissertation under faculty supervision.

Information for international students

Please visit: International qualifications for Masters courses or Fees and Scholarships.

Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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Please visit our website for latest fees information: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/masters/2017/law-politics-and-sociology/gender-studies-ma

The University of Sussex aims to attract the most talented students to postgraduate study and offers one of the most generous scholarship programmes of any UK university. For full details of our scholarships please visit: Masters scholarships

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment60
Dissertation40 (15000 words)

Course contact details

Student Recruitment
+44 (0)1273 678655