Gender Studies - Intersectionality and Change, M.A.

Gender Studies - Intersectionality and Change, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
Gender Studies - Intersectionality and Change is a full-time programme at Linköping University that focuses on intersectional gender, i.e. gender in interplay with other social categorisations and power differentials such as ethnicity, class, nationality, sexuality, age, (dis)ability etc.


The Gender Studies - Intersectionality and Change Gender Studies - Intersectionality and Change programme at Linköping University focuses on intersectional gender, i.e. gender in interplay with other social categorisations and power differentials such as ethnicity, class, nationality, sexuality, age, (dis)ability etc.

As a student, you have the opportunity to study one year, 60 credits, or deepen your knowledge further, in the two-year master's program, 120 credits. This is a full-time programme that gives you the opportunity to explore how processes of social and cultural change can be initiated or sustained by integrating a critical understanding of intersectional gender, by counteracting multiple inequalities and processes of discrimination and by other kinds of transformative work. You will learn how to actively change, develop and challenge existing norms and structures.

Students attending the programme usually have different educational or professional backgrounds, for example in sociology, pedagogy, psychology, political science, business administration. The programme provides you with knowledge of theories and methodologies in Gender Studies - Intersectionality and Change, and to enable you to develop academic skills to analyse and to intervene innovatively and professionally in gendered and intersectional processes of transformation in society. A key ambition is to offer opportunities to reflect on and develop an understanding for links between activism, theory, professional development and career paths.

Online and on-campus gatherings

The programme combines online distance education with intensive mandatory on-campus gatherings. You will interact with your teachers and fellow programme members via a digital classroom. In total, three mandatory on-campus weeks will be held each year, the first one at the start of the programme. The courses consist of lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials, supervisions and course assignments, both in the on campus classroom and online. In addition to this, you are expected to engage in independent studies. The forms of instruction that are based primarily on use of the internet place greater demands on your own activity when compared to a purely campus-based programme.

Career opportunities

As a student of the master’s programme in Gender Studies – Intersectionality and Change you will be prepared for a career in higher education and research as well as professional work with intersectional gender in organisations, media, communication and politics. This programme can also develop your current career through further training within gender work.Below follows some examples of jobs of some of our alumni:

  • Tess Consoli, PhD student, University of Massachusetts, Boston, School for Global Inclusion and Social Development.
  • Saad Khan, Staff Researcher, Institute of Educational Development, Brac University, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Learning environment

The teachers are drawing on their own research in their teaching, for example on cultural practices and representations, methodological intersectional interventions, knowledge production, postcolonial feminisms, equality work, masculinities, and sexualities. We mix traditional pedagogical formats with formats that might go out of the ordinary academic toolbox, for example we encourage written and spoken performances which challenge traditional boundaries between academic and creative writing, speaking and intervening. We encourage you to draw on your own experiences as well as contribute to develop the content of seminars. 

We give you the opportunity to work in tutor groups; i.e. student are divided into smaller groups who discuss various topics with a tutor. We want you to write reflection journals during various courses.To give you the latest update on current research, we invite you to take part in our seminars at the Unit for Gender Studies, an excellent and internationally renowned milieu for intersectional gender research. This is one of the largest interdisciplinary research and teaching units for Intersectional Gender Studies in the Nordic countries with a staff of more than 30 researchers, including four full professors and many PhD students.

Programme Structure

Courses Included

Term 1

  • Introduction to Studies of Intersectional Gender at Advanced Level
  • Gender Studies – Intersectionality and Change
  • Analytical Tools

Term 2

  • Career Paths and Professional Communication
  • Case Study: Analyzing Change
  • Two year Master's students: Feminist Genealogies and Social Movements
  • Two year Master's students: Historiographies of Intersectional Gender Studies
  • One year Master's students: Master Thesis

Term 3

  • Theories and Methodologies

Optional courses, Period 1

  • Intersectional equality work in organisations
  • Feminist Pedagogy and Intersectional Gender Didactics

Optional courses, Period 2

  • Science Communication and Critical Media Interventions
  • Internship

Term 4

  • Master Thesis

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen with at least 30 credits in Gender studies, or equivalent qualifications. Examples of equivalent qualifications are gender-related modules within courses or work experience. The qualifications should be documented.
  • English corresponding to the level of English in Swedish upper secondary education (English 6/B).

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    16666 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16666 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR for the full programme 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.
  • 160000 kr

Living costs for Linköping

  • 7140 - 11270 SEK/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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