How have ideas about sex or gender been theorised? How does it intersect with other aspects of power? What issues do critical feminist perspectives address? What is "identity politics" and is gender an issue of identity or practice? How can gender studies identify what characterises "masculinities" or "femininities" and how do they affect bodies? What does gender studies offer to debates about science, nature and environment? The Master's programme in Gender Studies aims at address questions like these.
Why this programme?
Studying gender studies at Master's level encourages you to critically engage with theories of sex and gender and address the core questions within feminist research.
The programme is offered as both a one-year and a two-year programme. If you take the two-year programme, you will take courses constituting 75 credits and conduct a 45-credit degree thesis. If you take the two-year programme, you will take courses constituting 30 credits and conduct a 30-credit degree thesis.
You will be guided through research methods as well as academic writing and oral presentation. The courses are grounded in the humanities and social science traditions, but because gender studies is inherently inter-disciplinary, perspectives from other disciplines are also included. Furthermore, the interdisciplinary nature of gender studies means there is a possibility of studying together with students from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds.
The courses you will take as part of the programme are closely linked to the research conducted at the Centre for Gender Research. There is a potential opportunity for students to work with these research groups and benefit from the strong research environments and networks offered by the Centre.
Through the course Interdisciplinary Methods and the Writing Process, which runs throughout the programme, students from both year 1 and 2 work together. In this setting, students read each other's work and present their theses at different stages. The course also offers the opportunity to meet and discuss methods and methodologies with researchers from the Centre for Gender Research. As such, it operates as both a course on methods and as group supervision.
The programme leads to a Master of Arts (120 credits) with Gender Studies as the main field of study. It is also possible to graduate after one academic year with a Master of Arts (60 credits).
The programme is offered in two forms, a 60 credit (one year) format and a 120 credit form spread over two years. For the 120 credit degree students study full-time for the two years, with different courses constituting 75 credits complemented with a 45 credit thesis. For the 60 credit degree, students read courses amounting to 30 credits complemented with a 30-credit thesis
Courses are usually 7.5 credits each and are delivered in one of the four periods that the academic year is divided into. Two of these periods are offered in the autumn term and two in the spring. You will usually read two 7.5 credit courses per period. There are core courses which are obligatory under the programme but in addition to these core courses there is the opportunity to choose four (7.5 credit) courses according to your interests.
For the two-year programme (120 credits): Through the programme you will complete a series of core and optional modules. The Centre for Gender Research offers eight courses, of which students are required to take four core courses. The first of these core courses develops students' grasp on Feminist and Gender Theory, while a second course addresses issues of Intersectionality and Power. The third core course introduces and develops understandings about the debates relating to Gender, Science and Nature. The fourth core module runs throughout the programme and ensures that students are grounded in critical transdisciplinary methodologies, methods and academic writing.
Students are then expected to choose at least two from four additional Gender Studies courses. The first optional course is Feminist Cultural Studies; a second course addresses topics such as globalisation, race and whiteness; the third optional offers critical perspectives on Kinship and Reproduction. The final optional encourages students to use feminist and gender studies perspectives to debates around Environments, Nature and Animals.
In addition to the core and optional courses offered through the Centre, students can also take up to four courses from the range of courses at Uppsala University, or other universities.
You will also complete a 45-credit degree thesis.
For the one-year programme (60 credits): You will take three courses from the Gender Studies courses outlined above along with an elective course (7.5 Credits), and complete a thesis (30 credits).
The teaching in the programme is usually delivered through seminars in combination with individual and group supervision. Seminars are compulsory and a course usually has one seminar per week. On a seminar, you present your ideas and discuss with your classmates regarding a course book or other study material that you are required to read before the seminar; while the teacher usually only moderates the discussion. The aim is to develop critical thinking and collaborative skills. All the students are expected to be active participants in all forms of discussions.
In the second year of the programme, there is the possibility of doing a practical placement or internship equivalent to a maximum of 15 credits. The student is responsible for organising any placement. Previous students have also done minor field studies in other countries and gathered the empirical material for their theses during this time. Alternatively, you can also choose to take some elective courses at a partner university in Sweden or abroad.
The obligatory courses are given in English. The thesis can be written in either Swedish/other Scandinavian language or English (in agreement with the supervisor). Optional courses are given in English or Swedish.
A Master's Degree in Gender Studies opens up opportunities for further studies, but also for employment with a variety of authorities, public and private organisations as well as in, for example, journalism and the cultural sector.
Career support During your whole time as a student UU Careers offers you support and guidance. You have the opportunity to partake in a variety of career activities and events, as well as receive individual career counselling. This service is free of charge for all students at Uppsala University. Read more about UU Careers.
Below you will find the details about eligibility requirements, selection criteria, and tuition fee. For information on how to apply and what documents you need to submit, check the application guide. For this programme, besides the general supporting documents, you also need to submit one programme-specific document: a statement of purpose.
Requirements: Academic requirements A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university. The main field of study must be within the humanities or social sciences. Also required is 60 credits in gender studies or feminist studies.
Language requirements All applicants need to verify English language proficiency that corresponds to English studies at upper secondary (high school) level in Sweden ("English 6"). This can be done in a number of ways, including through an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL or IELTS, or through previous upper secondary (high school) or university studies. The minimum test scores are:
IELTS: an overall mark of 6.5 and no section below 5.5
TOEFL: Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1–6) in written test and a total score of 575. Internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0–30) in written test and a total score of 90
a total appraisal of quantity and quality of previous university studies; and
a statement of purpose (1 page) where you detail why you want to pursue Master's studies within the programme.
Tuition fee-paying students and non-paying students are admitted on the same grounds but in different selection groups.
If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees. Fees cover application and tuition only and do not cover accommodation, academic literature or the general cost of living. Read more about fees.