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MLitt, MSc Gender Studies (Applied)

Gain the very best conceptual and practical skills in gender analysis and research, all underpinned by feminist theory. Apply now for our Masters in Gender Studies (Applied).

Gender Studies (Applied)
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Key facts

  • Award Masters / MSc, Masters / MLitt, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate
  • Start date September
  • Duration MSc full-time: 12 months, MSc part-time: 27 months
  • Mode of study Part-time, Full-time, Campus based

Our Masters degree in Gender Studies examines the history, context and development of key feminist debates, exploring commonalities and differences in the ways they have played out in a range of contemporary, historical and global cultures. This interdisciplinary course has been developed by specialists who are passionately engaged with gender, feminist and queer issues.

Through core modules like Understanding Gender, Feminist Research and Key Feminist Thinkers, you’ll explore a range of theoretical and methodological approaches for studying gender. You’ll also delve into the ways in which academic debate informs, is shaped by and is at times distanced from how gender actually ‘works’ in real-world contexts.

The course places the application of learning to real-world contexts at the heart of its teaching. You’ll have the opportunity to apply your learning on a research placement. The course team has established links with potential placement providers from the feminist third sector, as well as with a number of organisations who are committed to gender equality as part of their work in arts, culture and sport.

As a member of the Institute for Advanced Studies, you’ll have access to seminars and events held across the university led by staff and practitioners working on gender and feminist issues.

  • Top reasons to study with us
  • Course objectives
    Choose your own route

    We offer both an MLitt and MSc route to allow for different specialisms and research-training needs:

    • The MSc is a recognised doctoral training programme for the Scottish Graduate School for Social Sciences, and places a greater emphasis on social science research methods and data analysis. It’s the recommended route if you’re interested in PhD study in Social Sciences.
    • The MLitt offers you more optional modules and is better suited to students looking for an all-round education in Gender Studies, or are interested in PhD study in Arts and Humanities.
  • Work placements

    Your research placement enables you to apply your research in real-world contexts. We have connections with a wide range of potential placement providers, from the leading feminist organisations across the third sector in Scotland to a number of organisations who are committed to gender equality as part of their work in arts, culture and sport.

  • Flexible learning

    If you’re interested in studying a module from this course, the Postgraduate Certificate or the Postgraduate Diploma then please email Graduate Admissions to discuss your course of study.

Entry requirements for your country/region

  • Academic requirements

    A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate work experience are encouraged to apply.

  • English language requirements

    If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:

    • IELTS: 6.5 with 6.0 minimum in each skill
    • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C or above
    • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B or above
    • Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 56 in each component
    • IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 20

    More information on our English language requirements

  • Pre-sessional English language courses

    If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner INTO University of Stirling offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.

    Find out more about our pre-sessional English language courses.

The Gender Studies (Applied) Masters course combines interdisciplinary core modules on gender theory, feminist research and the history of feminist thought - with optional modules from a range of disciplinary traditions.

Core modules focus on providing you with an interdisciplinary frame for the critical study of gender that’s underpinned by feminist theory, and acknowledges the ways in which gender informs – and is informed by – other structural inequalities. Collectively, they equip you with a knowledge and understanding of key feminist debates about ontology, epistemology and methodology, and enable you to identify both commonalities and differences in the ways these debates have played out in different contexts.

If you follow the MSc route, you’ll take two further core modules in Quantitative Data Analysis and Qualitative Data Analysis, which provide advanced Social Science-oriented research methods training. This is essential for students considering undertaking further postgraduate research in Social Sciences.

Optional modules – of which MLitt students take three, and the MSc students one – offer opportunities for more discipline-based learning, collectively providing a multi-disciplinary perspective for the study of gender issues. The Gender Studies Research Placement module is open to both MLitt and MSc students, and allows students the chance to put their learning into practice in diverse real-world contexts.

You’ll complete the course by producing a dissertation totalling between 12,000-15,000 words on a topic of your choice within Gender Studies.



The module details given below are subject to change as the University regularly revises and refreshes the curriculum of our taught programmes. The modules outlined below represent those offered in 2019/20 on this course of study.

Course Details

  • Fees and costs

    Fees shown are per year (fees are different for each course)


    Home/EU Students

    Fees shown are for full-time, one-year Masters course*

    If you’re domiciled in Scotland, you may be eligible to apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for a loan of up to £10,000 to cover your tuition fees and associated living costs. Students domiciled in the EU can also apply for tuition fee support, although may not be eligible to receive funding to support living costs.

    If you're domiciled in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, you should be eligible to apply for a loan from your regional body.

    English students apply for a loan of up to £10,609 per year as part of the UK Postgraduate Loan Scheme, Welsh students can apply for a non-means tested loan of up to £13,000 from the Welsh Government and Northern Irish students are eligible to apply for support of up to £5,500.

    *Fees for students who apply for a Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate will be paid on a pro-rata basis.

    If the course is taken over two years then the fee will be split evenly over the two years. Fees are not pro-rated for students who enrol on a Masters course and decide to exit with a Postgraduate Diploma - the full fee is charged.


    Overseas (Non-EU) Students

    Fees shown are for full-time, one-year Masters course. Fees for students who apply for a Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate will be paid on a pro-rata basis.

    If the course is taken over two years then the fee will be split evenly over the two years. Fees are not pro-rated for students who enrol on a Masters course and decide to exit with a Postgraduate Diploma - the full fee is charged.


    Please note: You will be liable to pay tuition fees for every year you’re in attendance, and your fees will be held level upon entry. If you need to extend your period of study, you may be liable for an additional fee.

  • Scholarships and funding

    The Gender Studies (Applied) MLitt and MSc are supported by the Dr Dee Amy-Chinn Gender Studies Scholarship.

    If you have the talent, ability and drive to study with us, we want to make sure you make the most of the opportunity – regardless of your financial circumstances.

    Learn more about available funding opportunities or use our scholarship finder to explore our range of scholarships.

  • Additional costs

    There are some instances where additional fees may apply. Depending on your chosen course, you may need to pay additional costs, for example for field trips. Learn more about additional fees.

  • Cost of living

    If you’re domiciled in the UK, you can typically apply to your relevant funding body for help with living costs. This usually takes the form of student loans, grants or bursaries, and the amount awarded depends upon your personal circumstances and household income.

    EU and overseas students won’t normally be able to claim living support through SAAS or other UK public funding bodies. You should contact the relevant authority in your country to find out if you’re eligible to receive support.

    Find out about the cost of living for students at Stirling

  • Payment options

    We aim to be as flexible as possible, and offer a wide range of payment methods - including the option to pay fees by instalments. Learn more about how to pay

Our Masters course combines in-depth knowledge of gender studies with transferable skills in research and analysis that are indispensable to a range of public, private and third-sector organisations.

The course can also serve as a launching pad for further postgraduate studies.

  • Testimonial quotes

    This is an exciting and innovative course. It’s also a crucial time in the development of women’s soccer in Scotland, and as the top team in the country, we’re delighted to be able to offer research placements to Gender Studies students.

    Laura Montgomery
    Club Manager, Glasgow City FC

  • Employability skills

    We offer a comprehensive employability and skills programme to help you maximise your time at university and develop the graduate attributes required by employers. We have a dedicated Faculty Employability and Skills Officer. There's also our Career and Employability Service who work in partnership with academic staff to ensure you get the best out of your University experience and are given the right opportunities to make you ready for the world of work.

  • Companies we work with

    In recent years, Glasgow Women's Library's connection with Gender Studies has grown and developed into an important, vital and productive partnership. We welcome Research students on placement and as part of the Feminist Research modules. Their involvement in the life of the library has brought important new perspectives, research questions and valuable ideas and access tools to our collections and programmes. Students from Stirling signal that they gain much from their connection with GWL, and in turn, our collection and learning teams value the impact they have in enriching and developing our work.

    Adele Patrick
    Glasgow Women's Library

The Gender Studies course has changed my life for the better, allowed me to engage with rich and varied ideas, and opened up a world of possibilities for the next stage in my life.
Claire Heuchan
Gender Studies
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I have enjoyed every minute of the MSc Gender Studies. If you are interested in tackling gender inequality, this course is for you.
Rachel Adamson
Gender Studies
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