The Department of Gender Studies serves as a focus for gender research across the LSE, and works to promote a close relationship between policy makers and the academy. LSE Gender provides a vibrant research culture with resident Research Fellows, visiting scholars, public lectures and conferences, and a regular programme of research seminars. You can read more about Studying Gender at LSE here

LSE Gender currently runs seven Masters Programmes, attracting around 100 students each year from different academic backgrounds and from a wide range of countries. LSE Gender has an extensive range of over 20 courses attracting students from a variety of other LSE departments.  

We are delighted to announce the launch of our newest MSc degree in Gender (Sexuality) which brings together interdisciplinary approaches within sexuality and gender studies to think through some of the key issues of sexual rights and representation from a global perspective.

2019/20 - Prospective Students

Admissions for our 2019-20 programmes are now open. Please check the central LSE webpages for programme availability and more information on the admissions process

We welcome prospective students to explore the Postgraduate section of our website to gain an insight into what it is like to be a MSc student at the Department of Gender Studies. Here you can find LSE Gender Resources  and Key Department Documents such as the current Department Handbook, our weekly Student Newsletter, examples of Student's work, links to LSE Support Services  and the role of LSE Gender's Student Reps. You can also see our Public Event listings on our website, and all of our exclusive Student Events on eventbrite. If you would like to catch up on any previous events, you can listen to some of them here

The Department of Gender Studies support and encourage students in having a work / life balance. Some members of the Department have written about what they like to do in their freetime here

MSc programmes

MSc Gender

We train MSc Gender students in how to treat gender as an object of study, as an analytic approach or perspective and as a way of thinking across disciplinary boundaries.

MSc Gender (Research)

In many ways similar to MSc Gender, this degree programme further emphasises research design, epistemology, methodology and research methods, introducing students to the significance of gender in producing as well as consuming knowledge.

MSc Gender (Sexuality)

This interdisciplinary degree programme foregrounds the relevance of theory to transnational issues of sexual activism and legal frames 

MSc Gender, Development and Globalisation

This programme draws on a wide range of perspectives and considers diverse analytical tools for the analysis of development and globalisation from a uniquely gendered perspective

MSc Gender, Media and Culture

In this programme, students are encouraged to interrogate a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches to the gendered analysis of contemporary media and culture.

MSc Gender, Policy and Inequalities

The MSc Gender, Policy and Inequalities provides advanced study in the application of gender theory to social policy, planning and practice with an interdisciplinary approach

MSc Women, Peace and Security

This unique, multi-disciplinary programme is concerned with the ways in which women and gender are understood in relation to, and affected by, regional, national and global peace and security processes in conflict and post-conflict settings.

MSc Social Research Methods (Gender)

This programme stream is run by the Department of Methodology but is the entry point to our ESRC 1+3 programme - please see our PhD page for further information if you are interested in this route.

Gender courses

GI402 Gender, Knowledge and Research Practice

This course introduces students to the central issues at stake in designing and carrying out gender research at graduate and postgraduate level and beyond.

GI403 Gender and Media Representation

This course aims to enable students to think critically about representations of gender in a range of different media.

GI407 Globalisation, Gender and Development

This course will provide students with a thorough knowledge of two key interconnected and intersecting literatures: gender and development and gender and globalisation.

GI409 Gender, Globalisation and Development: An Introduction

This course will provide students with a knowledge of two key interconnected and intersecting literatures: gender and development and gender and globalisation

GI410 Screening the Present: Contemporary Cinema and Cultural Critique (not 2018/19)

This course offers students the opportunity to critically explore contemporary international cinema as a site for the interrogation of contested contemporary social and political processes such as migration, globalisation and conflict. 

GI411 Gender, Postcoloniality, Development: Critical Perspectives and New Directions (not 2018/19)

The aim of this course is to introduce students to the growing body of scholarship that critically interrogates gender and developmentalism at various postcolonial sites.

GI413 Gender and Militarisation

This course will provide students with an overview of militarisation and its gendered basis and effects.

GI414 Theorising Gender and Social Policy

This course aims to equip students with the knowledge and theoretical tools that will allow them to critically engage with social policy issues and debates

GI415 Gender and European Welfare States

The course investigates the different ways in which gender is incorporated into national welfare states and the impact of national structures on the patterns and prevalence of gender inequalities.

GI417 Gender, Population, and Policy 

Examining the complex inter-relationship between population issues and policy, students on this course will develop an appreciation of the potential contribution and impact that a feminist and gendered perspective has to offer. 

GI418 Feminist Economics and Policy: An Introduction

As economic processes have a profound influence on social life, gender relations and gender equality, and vice versa, this course seeks to expose students interested in gender to the work of Feminist Economists.

GI420 Globalisation, Gender and Development: Theorising Policy and Practice

This course deals with theories relating to policy, politics and power in the field of gender and international development.

GI421 Sexuality, Gender and Culture

This course introduces students to historical and theoretical components of the field, and explores case studies of the development of sexual cultures, identities and social movements from the late 19th century to the present.

GI422 Sexuality, Gender and Globalisation

This course takes a case-study approach to questions of sexuality, gender and culture (in the first term) and to sexuality in the contexts of globalization (in the second).

GI423 Globalisation and Sexuality

This course explores the importance of sexuality for global politics and society.

GI424 Gender Theories in the Modern World: An Interdisciplinary Approach

The course aims to enable students to become familiar with the fullest range of gender theories with particular attention to the intersections of gender, sexuality and race.

GI425 Women, Peace and Security

This course provides a critical examination of peace and security issues affecting women in conflict and post-conflict contexts.

GI426 Gender and Human Rights

This course will provide the students with a transnational gender perspective on contemporary theories and practices of rights/human rights and humanitarianism.

GI427 Advanced Issues in Women, Peace and Security 

This course is for MSc Women, Peace and Security students only. It will provide an in-depth examination of peace and security issues affecting women in a global world.

GI428 Bodies, Culture and Politics

The course will explore different constructions and understandings of gendered and sexualised bodies at the intersection between politics of resistance, arts, and cultural practices.

GI499 Dissertation

Students on this course will be introduced to dissertation guidelines, common difficulties, ethical issues, basics in research practice, managing sources, and the process of research and writing.