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Gender Studies, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #309 (QS) ,
The MA in Gender Studies at SOAS University of London is unique in that it refocuses issues of Western Gender Studies on the complex specificities of Asia, Africa and the Middle East.


Drawing on the expertise of staff across all SOAS University of London faculties, it offers the specialised study of gender in relation to Asian, African and Middle Eastern cultures, together with rigorous training in and questioning of contemporary gender theory.

Students will have access to a wealth of study resources available in the SOAS Library and in nearby institutions such as the British Library, University College London Library and Senate House Library.

The MA in Gender Studies will be administered by the Faculty of Law and Social Sciences. Like the MA Area Studies programmes, it will not have a specific departmental home, reflecting its academic structure as an interdisciplinary degree.

The MA in Gender Studies at SOAS University of London will appeal to students with a variety of backgrounds and objectives:

  • those coming from Women's Studies or Gender Studies who wish to engage more deeply with gender theory in relation to regional specialisation, especially, but not exclusively, the societies of Asia, Africa and the Middle East;
  • those coming from Asian, African or Middle Eastern Studies who wish to incorporate the study of gender into their own areas of expertise; and
  • those having previously trained in particular disciplines, such as Anthropology, Cultural and Media Studies, Religious Studies, Comparative Literature, History, Politics, etc.

By selection of courses to suit the academic needs of each student, this programme can provide:

  • Specialised research training MA in Gender Studies, perhaps including a relevant language. This pathway is suitable for students contemplating advanced postgraduate research in Gender Studies with regard to regional specialisation.
  • A broad MA programme for students with some background in Women's Studies, Gender Studies, and Area Studies etc. who wish to enhance their knowledge of gender in relation to cross-cultural issues, with or without language study.
  • A special interest MA, which enables students to study in depth gender issues in relation to a particular regional or disciplinary specialisation.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Arabic Women's Writing: Theories and Practices
  • Gender, Armed Conflict and International Law
  • Gendering Migration & Diasporas
  • Gender in the Middle East
  • Queer and Feminist Diaspora Studies
  • Gender and Sexuality in the Middle East
  • Gender, Peace and International Law
  • Gender and Development
  • Gender and Music (MMus)
  • Historical Perspectives on Gender in Africa
  • Issues in the Anthropology of Gender

                    Detailed Programme Facts

                    • Programme intensity

                      You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

                      • Full-time duration 12 months
                      • Average part-time duration 24 months
                      • Intensity Flexible
                      • Duration description
                        Two or three years (part-time, daytime only).
                    • Credits
                      180 alternative credits

                      • Students must take 180 credits comprised of 120 taught credits (including core and option modules) and a 60 credit dissertation.
                    • Languages
                      • English
                    • Delivery mode
                      On Campus

                    English Language Requirements

                    • Minimum required score:


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                    Academic Requirements

                    You need the following GPA score:

                    Required score: Upper Second Class

                    Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

                    • Grade Point Average of either 3.3 or 3.5 depending on the awarding university.

                    Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

                    General Requirements

                    • Minimum upper second class (2.1) or above honours degree (or equivalent).
                    • If an applicant does not have a bachelors degree in an appropriate field s/he may be required to complete a qualifying year or a one year diploma before entering the masters programme.
                    • Relevant work experience may also be taken into consideration. Individual courses may have specific entry requirements, so you are advised to consult the postgraduate prospectus for further information.

                        Tuition Fee

                        • International

                          20125 GBP/year
                          Tuition Fee
                          Based on the original amount of 20125 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
                        • EU/EEA

                          10970 GBP/year
                          Tuition Fee
                          Based on the original amount of 10970 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
                        We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

                        Part Time 2 Years:

                        • UK/EU Students: £5,485/year
                        • Overseas: £10,063/year

                        Part Time 3 Years:

                        • UK/EU Students: £3,657/year
                        • Overseas: £6,708/year

                        Living costs for London

                        • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
                          Living Costs

                        The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.



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