About the MSc programme
The programme is taught jointly by the Gender Institute and the Media and Communications Department. It is administered from the Gender Institute. The 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.
In addition to the core units in gender theory, media and communication and gender and media representation students can choose from a range of options in the two departments. All students on this programme are housed within the Gender Institute.
Teaching on core courses is delivered via a variety of lecture and seminar formats, for some options there are additional screenings of relevant material. Support for the dissertation is provided through individual supervision by academic staff and a series of workshops.
You will be assessed by written examinations, a series of research assignments, essays related to the substantive courses and the dissertation, which must be submitted on 1 September (or the first working day after if it falls on a weekend). There are also additional formative assignments throughout the year including oral presentations, facilitations and essays.
You may take the course part-time by taking courses equivalent to two units in each year.
All students on the programme will have an academic adviser who will be allocated upon arrival. Dissertation supervision is allocated in the Lent term.
The programme involves the completion of four courses including a dissertation.
(* half unit)
Students will be expected to choose one other half unit course offered by the Gender Institute or the Department of Media and Communication.
Popular courses for students on this programme include:
Screening the Present: Contemporary Cinema and cultural theory.*
Narratives of the Modern.*
For full details of available courses see the Programme Regulations.
The interdisciplinary nature of gender studies means that graduates are equipped with a broad range of knowledge and skills that can be applied in a variety of areas. They are able to bring highly desirable gender analysis skills to a wide variety of settings, including: government departments, international institutions (including the EU and World Bank), the media and publishing, charities, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), private consultancy firms, education and research. Many of our graduates continue to study for PhDs and go on to work in academia.