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 in the Humanities and Social Sciences, 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.
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.
Accredited by the NVAO - Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders.
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- Humanities Today
- Contemporary Feminist Debates
- Theory And Critical Research
- Researching Intersectionally
- Digital Humanities In Intersectional Research: Power, Discourses And Data Analysis
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- 24 months
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DisciplinesAnthropology Gender & Sexuality Studies Sociology View 20 other Masters in Anthropology in Netherlands
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We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
This is a selective Master's. 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.
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International17500 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 17500 EUR per year during 24 months.
EU/EEA2209 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 2209 EUR per year during 24 months.
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.