Study Gender at LSE


LSE Gender is the largest gender studies department in Europe







LSE Gender has world-class faculty and our visiting scholars include pioneering individuals such as Kimberlé Crenshaw who have helped shape the field of study





Degree programmes at LSE Gender

Thank you for your interest in studying at LSE Gender. Formed as the “Gender Institute” in 1993 and now renamed the “Department for Gender Studies”, LSE Gender serves as a focus for gender research across the LSE. Our award-winning faculty lead an exceptionally vibrant teaching and research culture with resident Research Fellows, visiting scholars, public lectures and conferences, and a regular programme of research seminars. LSE Gender runs seven postgraduate taught degrees which allows students to focus on their particular area of interest (we offer specialism in such diverse areas as policy and development to sexuality and popular and media cultures) within a broader framing of interdisciplinary gender studies and a PhD programme, attracting students from a wide range of countries and disciplines. We run over 20 courses and have approximately 100 MSc students each year and around 15 MPhil / PhD students.

Information about how to apply for our degrees can be found on the Graduate Admissions pages. Applications to LSE Gender programmes are accepted from mid-October onwards. Programmes will be filled on a rolling basis, so we advise potential students to submit early applications – for example, for the 2017/18 intake, our Programmes were full by late-March in 2017 and mid-April in 2016.

Why study at LSE Gender?

  • LSE Gender is the largest gender studies department in Europe, with six MSc Programmes and over 20 MSc courses all hosted within one department, covering a wide range of specialisms. On global, international and national scales, LSE Gender has become a recognised centre of excellence in teaching and research.  As well as producing ground-breaking academic research on gender from a wide variety of disciplines and perspectives including  political, cultural, sociological and historical  faculty also carry out projects for a range of international institutions including the World Bank, the United Nations, the OECD, OSCE, EBRC, the European Union, and the Women and Diversity Forum.
  • LSE Gender has world-class faculty and our visiting scholars include pioneering individuals, such as Kimberlé Crenshaw, who have helped shape the field of study.
  • Both LSE and LSE Gender offer extensive support to students, with innovative initiatives such as LSE Life, LSE Gender staff routinely win Student Union and LSE wide as well as national awards for excellence in teaching and pastoral support
  • A focus on gender theory is at the heart of our approach, giving a greater coherence to our department than other more virtual / cross-departmental centres can achieve. Our overarching philosophy towards teaching and research is unique and has developed from over 20 years’ experience in the field. It is guided by four maxims, namely that it be:

Interdisciplinary: As the forces and processes that shape persisting gender inequalities do not operate independently within spheres bounded by disciplines, interdisciplinary analysis is critical to understand the complexity of social relations and inequalities how these are experienced and maintained and how to contest such existing norms and values. Specifically, vectors of power affecting the position of people in one sector almost invariably affects their well-being, opportunities, status, rights and entitlements in others.

Transnational: Everyone is affected by transnational flows of capital, people and ideas, albeit in different ways and with different capacities to influence and respond, but to understand what is happening to gendered, classed, sexualised and racialised inequalities in one location, it is increasingly necessary to take account of what is happening elsewhere.

Intersectional: While gender is the primary focus of our analysis we consider gender and all gendered  processes to be subject to and determined by a range of related vectors of analysis including race, class, sexuality , ability and  embodiment we maintain  that identities and structural inequalities are experienced and shaped by other socially constructed signifiers and our analyses, research agendas and pedagogy is underpinned by this recognition.

Socially relevant: Research and teaching at LSE Gender is creative and innovative, but we are also informed by feminist scholarship which maintains that the purpose of analysis is not just to develop more illuminating theories, but to improve the conditions of living for everyone. As a consequence, we pay great attention to public engagement, knowledge exchange, and education in the wider sense of bringing our research and analysis into the public domain.

  • LSE offers a unique opportunity to study the social sciences in a university with a global academic reputation and worldwide recognition by other universities and employers.
  • Based in the heart of London, students can enjoy the cultural, social and recreational facilities of one of the world's greatest capital cities.
  • Our graduates have excellent career prospects, with over 94% of graduates having positive employment outcomes six months after graduation (more detail on graduate destinations here and alumni profiles here).

Find out more information by watching our Why Study at LSE and How to Apply for Graduate Study videos.


All LSE Gender MSc Programmes are now closed for 2019/20. Applications will be accepted from mid-October 2019 onwards.


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