The MA Gender Studies and Law from SOAS University of London , jointly housed by the Centre for Gender Studies and the School of Law, offers the specialised study of gender and law in relation to the cultures of Asia, Africa and the Middle East, together with rigorous training in, and questioning of, contemporary gender theory.
In terms of gender theory, it offers a solid foundation with sufficient breadth and depth to facilitate a range of specialist pathways. In terms of specialisation, it draws on the expertise of internationally recognised scholars of Asian, African and Middle Eastern Studies at SOAS.
The MA Gender Studies and Law at SOAS caters for 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 and to connect this with legal knowledge, 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 and law into their own areas of expertise; and
- those having previously trained in particular disciplines, such as Anthropology, Comparative Literature, Cultural and Media Studies, History, Politics, Religious Studies, Sociology, Refugee/Diaspora Studies etc.
This programme provides:
- specialised research training in Gender Studies, in addition to focused study of feminist legal theories and a particular area of law. This pathway is suitable for students considering advanced postgraduate research in Gender Studies with a 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 legal issues;
- a special interest MA, which enables students to study gender issues in depth in relation to a particular regional or disciplinary specialisation alongside the acquisition of knowledge of feminist legal approaches and a study of a legal sub-discipline.
Graduates leave SOAS with an enhanced knowledge of gender and equality across cultures, as well as a wide range of transferable skills. Gender Studies is highly regarded by employers across many sectors, as increasingly, policy makers, businesses and governing structures understand the need to engage with gender and sexuality.
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Programme StructureCourses include:
- Gender theory and the study of Asia, Africa and the Middle East
- Gender, Sexuality and Law: Theories and Methodologies
- Gender and Development
- Gender, Armed Conflict and International Law
- Gender in the Middle East
- Historical Perspectives on Gender in Asia, Africa and the Middle East
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- 12 months
- 24 months
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DisciplinesGender & Sexuality Studies Civil & Private Law Legal Studies View 100 other Masters in Gender & Sexuality Studies in United Kingdom
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- We will consider all applications with a 2:2 (or international equivalent) or higher in social science of humanities subject. In addition to degree classification we take into account other elements of the application such as supporting statement. References are optional, but can help build a stronger application if you fall below the 2:2 requirement or have non-traditional qualifications.
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International23400 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 23400 GBP per year during 12 months.
National11980 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 11980 GBP per year during 12 months.
PT fees (2 years):
- UK - 5,990 GBP/year.
- Overseas - 11, 700/per year.
PT fees (3 years):
- UK - 3,955 GBP/year.
- Overseas - 7,725 GBP/year.
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