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Hazel Johnstone MBE

Departmental Manager



Dr Kate Steward

Manager (Taught Programmes, Events)


Degree Programmes in Gender

The Gender Institute runs five postgraduate taught degrees and a postgraduate research programme. For an overview, click on the name of each degree programme below. For further information on faculty, reading lists, how to apply and graduate careers after completing, see the menu to the left.

All Gender Institute MSc Programmes are now full


MSc Gender

The original Gender Institute degree, this programme continues to provide the most flexibility in terms of option choices and overall focus within gender studies. The MSc Gender offers students the opportunity to develop expertise in the fullest possible range of gender theories, and stresses the significance of gender for knowledge and research design. 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. A key focus of the degree concerns the ethical as well as intellectual issues that arise from practicing gender studies.  


Discover more here about faculty, reading lists, how to apply and what graduates do after completing the MSc Gender.


MSc Gender (Research)

While in many ways similar to the MSc Gender, this degree programme further emphasises research design, epistemology, methodology and research methods. Both degrees introduce students to the significance of gender in producing as well as consuming knowledge, and consider the difference a gendered perspective makes to research at all stages in the process, but the MSc Gender (Research) also provides a grounding in the ‘how to’ of gender (and related) research. This degree has 1+3 recognition from the ESRC, which means it is particularly appropriate for Home/EU students looking to go on to further study.


Discover more here about faculty, reading lists, how to apply and graduate careers after completing the MSc Gender (Research).


MSc Gender, Development and Globalisation

The MSc Gender, Development and Globalisation draws on a wide range of perspectives and considers diverse analytical tools for the analysis of development and globalisation from a uniquely gendered perspective. Emphasis is placed on the analysis and theorisation of socio‑economic and spatial aspects of change, particularly changes in working patterns, living arrangements, experiences and subjectivities. Empirical illustrations are provided through a series of case studies and readings of ethnographies linking global and local issues and the lives of people across the globe.


Discover more here about faculty, reading lists, how to apply and graduate careers after completing the MSc Gender, Development and Globalisation.


MSc Gender, Media and Culture

The MSc Gender, Media and Culture degree programme employs a gender perspective to critically examine such questions as: how representations in the media may reinforce or subvert social roles and ideologies; how gendered forms of address and identification have been theorised across different visual and print cultures; the role of a variety of media forms in critiquing or contributing to wider social processes such as globalisation, conflict and migration. Students are encouraged to interrogate a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches to the gendered analysis of contemporary media and culture.


The programme is offered jointly with the Department of Media and Communications.


Discover more here about faculty, reading lists, how to apply and graduate careers after completing the MSc Gender, 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 polcy, planning and practice with an interdisciplinary approach. It aims to give students a grounded understanding of the concepts and theories relevant to a gender analysis of social policy in a global and comparative context. The teaching focuses on stimulating independent thought on gender and gender inequalities.


Discover more here about faculty, reading lists, how to apply and graduate careers after completing the MSc Gender, Policy and Inequalities.


M/Phil and PhD Gender

Opportunities for research in the pioneering field of gender studies are unparalleled. Students participate in our seminars and workshops, as well as following a research training programme within the Institute. Our key research areas are:

Bodies and sexualities: Research in this field includes analysis of the body as property, and body as commodity, and what, if anything, makes the body special. It also addresses the relationship between gender and sexuality, with an emphasis on local and transnational spaces and flows.

Gender and social policy: Using a gendered perspective, research in this theme documents social, economic and political change, and critically analyses individual, family, and policy responses, using both cross-national comparative methodologies and in-depth case studies.

Globalisation, development and inequalities: Research in this theme includes social and economic transformation in the global North and South, focusing on gendered relations, on rights, citizenship and social justice and resilience and change with respect to work, security, migration, poverty and the social reproduction of daily life.

Representation, narrative and culture: This theme brings together colleagues who work on gendered representations in film, literature and theory. This work addresses ageing and subjectivity, affect, classed dimensions of narrative, and the history of feminist theory.

Discover more here about the PhD programme in Gender

Please note: the deadline for major funding was January 11, 2016 (to have applications in) with a secondary date of April 27. The first date is also for ESRC applications

In related news, the GI is eligible for the Leverhulme scholarships, which has a separate deadline in February.

You do not have to apply separately for funding.