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About

In the two-year Gender Studies (Research) programme at Utrecht University, you will approach a myriad of questions related to gender and other social categories through an intersectional approach.

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Overview

How do gender, race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, dis/ability and/or religion contribute to the formation of social identities? What role do ensuing power differences between these vectors play in our globalised and mediatised world?

The Gender Studies (Research) programme at Utrecht University  combines a thorough grounding in the historiography and contemporary state of Gender Studies as a discipline with intensive training in the critical practice of cultural theories and epistemologies from feminist, postcolonial, critical race, and queer perspectives. 

In a highly interdisciplinary setting and with academic staff and fellow students representing a range of fields from anthropology to literary studies, you will be trained to apply these theories to the analysis of representations of gender in artistic practices, literary texts, political discourses and (new) media and technology. 

The international and intellectually challenging setting of this programme offers you the opportunity to broaden your horizon and to build an academic and professional network.

Epistemology, Politics, And Ethics

During the courses and seminars, you will learn about subjectivity, representation and power dynamics from feminist and queer epistemological, political, and ethical perspectives. 

How have feminist theorists rethought dominant understandings of subjectivity, for instance? How does geo-political context shape the conditions for films, literature and artistic production to appear? And how can established power relations be transformed by feminist thinking in view of a more inclusive society?

You will investigate the development of queer, feminist and critical race theories and immerse yourself in the history and current statuses of colonial, postcolonial, and multicultural societies. In addition, you will explore the representation of gender, race, ethnicity, class, sexuality and dis/ability in diverse media, literature and new technologies.

International reputation

Utrecht University’s Research MA in Gender Studies is one of Europe’s most successful interdisciplinary teaching and research programmes in Gender Studies. Our research-focused programme also prepares students for PhD work in Gender Studies and related fields. 

You will benefit from engaging in a challenging and international setting that offers multiple avenues of investigation into complex social phenomena. The programme is closely affiliated with academics and institutions both within and outside Europe and offers an internationally recognised degree.

Career Prospects

Gender researchers usually work at universities or research institutes, and it is likely that your first step after completing the Master’s programme will consist of PhD research. Those who complete a Reserach Master in Gender Studies are qualified to apply for a postgraduate or doctoral research programme in the field of women’s, gender, and postcolonial studies.

Gender experts can also work at governmental organisations, NGO's, national and international women's organisations, and cultural institutions. There, your critical approach to sociocultural processes will help to set up policies with attention to processes of in- and exclusion. You can also use your analytical skills in the field of (research) journalism, such as in the arts and media sector.

After successfully completing the Research Master in Gender Studies, you will be able to formulate a research proposal for a PhD project in a specialisation within the field of gender. You will have an overview of the position that your own research plan occupies in the context of international research in women’s, gender, and postcolonial studies.

Accreditation

Accredited by the NVAO - Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Humanities Today
  • Gender Studies
  • Contemporary Feminist Debates
  • Theory And Critical Research
  • Researching Intersectionally
  • Digital Humanities In Intersectional Research: Power, Discourses And Data Analysis

Key information

Duration

  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

Credits

120 ECTS

Delivered

On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

You will be considered for admission to the Research Master's programme Gender Studies if you have a Bachelor’s diploma from a Dutch university (or international equivalent) and can demonstrate the following knowledge, insight and skills:

  • A clear interest in gender studies and/or postcolonial studies, which is shown by having taken at least 45 EC of components in these fields with above-average results and/or by equivalent work/research experience (elaborated in your CV).
  • Knowledge of the main types of research issues, methods, and basic concepts within the broad field of Gender Studies in the Humanities and/or Social Sciences, with special focus on the intersecting categories of gender, race, class, sexuality and religion.
  • A strong motivation to carry out cutting-edge academic research and the ambition to follow a programme that trains you to become a starting researcher in today’s globalised societies (demonstrated in your motivation letter).

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    17280 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 17280 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2168 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2168 EUR per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Utrecht

900 - 1450 EUR /month
Living costs

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

Funding

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