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MLitt, MSc Gender Studies (Applied)

Gain the very best conceptual and practical skills in gender analysis and research, all underpinned by feminist and queer theory. Apply now for our Masters in Gender Studies (Applied).

Gender Studies (Applied)
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Key facts

  • Award Masters / MSc, Masters / MLitt, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate
  • Start date September
  • Duration MSc full-time: 12 months, MSc part-time: 27 months
  • Mode of study Part-time, Full-time, Campus based, Stand-alone modules

Our Masters degree in Gender Studies examines the history, context and development of key debates around gender, sexuality and identity, exploring commonalities and differences in the ways they have played out in a range of contemporary, historical and global cultures.

Developed by specialists who are passionately engaged with gender, feminist and queer issues, the strength of our programme lies in its interdisciplinary curriculum which branches across multiple fields ranging from: film, media and literary studies, sociology, history, philosophy, curation and politics.  

Through core modules like Understanding Gender, Researching Gender and Key Feminist Thinkers, you’ll explore a range of theoretical and methodological approaches for studying gender. You’ll also delve into the ways in which academic debate informs, is shaped by and is at times distanced from how gender actually ‘works’ in real-world contexts.

The course places the application of learning to real-world contexts at the heart of its teaching. You’ll have the opportunity to apply your learning on a research placement. The course team has established links with potential placement providers from the third sector, as well as with a number of organisations who are committed to gender equality as part of their work in arts, culture and sport.

As a member of the Institute for Advanced Studies, you’ll have access to seminars and events held across the university led by staff and practitioners working on gender, queer and feminist issues.

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  • Course objectives
    Choose your own route:

    We offer both an MLitt and MSc route to allow for different specialisms and research-training needs:

    • The MSc is a recognised doctoral training programme for the Scottish Graduate School for Social Sciences, and places a greater emphasis on social science research methods and data analysis. It’s the recommended route if you’re interested in PhD study in Social Sciences.
    • The MLitt offers you more optional modules and is better suited to students looking for an all-round education in Gender Studies, or are interested in PhD study in Arts and Humanities.
  • Work placements

    Your research placement enables you to apply your research in real-world contexts. We have connections with a wide range of potential placement providers, from the leading feminist organisations across the third sector in Scotland to a number of organisations who are committed to gender equality as part of their work in arts, culture and sport.

  • Flexible learning

    If you’re interested in studying a module from this course, the Postgraduate Certificate or the Postgraduate Diploma then please email Graduate Admissions to discuss your course of study.

  • Academic requirements

    A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate work experience are encouraged to apply.

  • English language requirements

    If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:

    • IELTS 6.5 with 6.0 minimum in each sub-skill
    • Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE) 176 overall with a minimum of 169 in each sub-skill
    • Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE) 180 overall with a minimum of 169 in each sub-skill
    • Pearson Test of English (Academic) 60 overall with 56 in each sub-skill
    • IBT TOEFL 80 overall with 18 in reading, 23 in writing, 19 in listening and 21 in speaking
    • Trinity ISE II Pass overall and Merit in all sub-skills, ISE III Pass overall and in all sub-skills, ISE IV Pass overall and in all sub-skills

    Last updated: 5 December 2019

    For more information on ways that you can meet our English language requirements, including options to waive the requirement, please read our information on English language requirements.

  • Pre-sessional English language courses

    If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner INTO University of Stirling offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.

    Find out more about our pre-sessional English language courses.

The Gender Studies (Applied) Masters course combines interdisciplinary core modules on gender theory, feminist research and philosophy, LGBT studies and queer theory, with optional modules from a range of disciplinary traditions.

Core modules focus on providing you with an interdisciplinary frame for the critical study of gender that is grounded in feminist and queer theory, and empower you with critical thinking skills to challenge and better understand how both gender and sexuality shape the work and our places in it. Collectively, they equip you with a knowledge and understanding of key debates in gender studies about ontology, epistemology and methodology, and enable you to identify the ways these debates have played out in different disciplines and contexts.

If you follow the MSc route, you’ll take two further core modules in Quantitative Data Analysis and Qualitative Data Analysis, which provide advanced Social Science-oriented research methods training. This is essential for students considering undertaking further postgraduate research in Social Sciences.

Optional modules – of which MLitt students take three, and the MSc students one – offer opportunities for wider, research-based learning, collectively providing a multi-disciplinary perspective for the study of gender issues. Advanced Readings in Gender Studies allows students to work on a research project of their own choosing with one-to-one tutorial support from experts in the field. The Research Placement module is open to both MLitt and MSc students, and allows students the chance to put their learning into practice in diverse real-world contexts.You’ll then complete the course by researching and producing your own dissertation on a Gender Studies topic, totalling between 12,000-15,000 words.



The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery in the next academic intake of this course. These may be subject to change as the University regularly revises and refreshes the curriculum of our taught programmes.

Course Details

  • Teaching

    The core modules are delivered in weekly seminars.

  • Assessment

    Assessment is all conducted through coursework. The assessments are designed to allow you to develop and enhance academic skills in writing and research. The Understanding Gender, Researching Gender and Key Feminist Thinkers modules all have more than one assessment point in order to allow for feedback and improvement.

    In the Research Placement module, you’ll deliver your research in a form agreed in advance with the placement provider. This allows you to meet their needs, but also get the chance to develop skills in delivering research in real-world contexts.

  • Classroom hours

    The timetable below is a typical example, but your own timetable may be different.


    Understanding Gender GNDPP01

    Thur: 11.00-13.00

    Researching Gender GNDPP02

    Thur: 14.00-16.00

    Quantitative Data Analysis ASRP004


    Key Feminist Thinkers GNDPP03

    Thur: 11.00-13.00

    Qualitative Data Analysis ASRP005

    Option module

    Please note this is an illustrative timetable, and not the timetable for 2020/21.

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  • Fees and costs

    Fees shown are per year (fees are different for each course)


    Home/EU Students

    Fees shown are for full-time, one-year Masters course*

    If you’re domiciled in Scotland, you may be eligible to apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for a loan of up to £10,000 to cover your tuition fees and associated living costs. Students domiciled in the EU can also apply for tuition fee support, although may not be eligible to receive funding to support living costs.

    If you're domiciled in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, you should be eligible to apply for a loan from your regional body.

    English students apply for a loan of up to £10,609 per year as part of the UK Postgraduate Loan Scheme, Welsh students can apply for a non-means tested loan of up to £13,000 from the Welsh Government and Northern Irish students are eligible to apply for support of up to £5,500.

    *Fees for students who apply for a Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate will be paid on a pro-rata basis.

    If the course is taken over two years then the fee will be split evenly over the two years. Fees are not pro-rated for students who enrol on a Masters course and decide to exit with a Postgraduate Diploma - the full fee is charged.


    Overseas (Non-EU) Students

    Fees shown are for full-time, one-year Masters course. Fees for students who apply for a Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate will be paid on a pro-rata basis.

    If the course is taken over two years then the fee will be split evenly over the two years. Fees are not pro-rated for students who enrol on a Masters course and decide to exit with a Postgraduate Diploma - the full fee is charged.


    Please note: You will be liable to pay tuition fees for every year you’re in attendance, and your fees will be held level upon entry. If you need to extend your period of study, you may be liable for an additional fee.

  • Scholarships and funding

    The Gender Studies (Applied) MLitt and MSc are supported by the Dr Dee Amy-Chinn Gender Studies Scholarship.

    If you have the talent, ability and drive to study with us, we want to make sure you make the most of the opportunity – regardless of your financial circumstances.

    Learn more about available funding opportunities or use our scholarship finder to explore our range of scholarships.

  • Additional costs

    There are some instances where additional fees may apply. Depending on your chosen course, you may need to pay additional costs, for example for field trips. Learn more about additional fees.

  • Cost of living

    If you’re domiciled in the UK, you can typically apply to your relevant funding body for help with living costs. This usually takes the form of student loans, grants or bursaries, and the amount awarded depends upon your personal circumstances and household income.

    EU and overseas students won’t normally be able to claim living support through SAAS or other UK public funding bodies. You should contact the relevant authority in your country to find out if you’re eligible to receive support.

    Find out about the cost of living for students at Stirling

  • Payment options

    We aim to be as flexible as possible, and offer a wide range of payment methods - including the option to pay fees by instalments. Learn more about how to pay

Our Masters course combines in-depth knowledge of gender studies with transferable skills in research and analysis that are indispensable to a range of public, private and third-sector organisations.

The course can also serve as a launching pad for further postgraduate studies.

  • Testimonial quotes

    This is an exciting and innovative course. It’s also a crucial time in the development of women’s soccer in Scotland, and as the top team in the country, we’re delighted to be able to offer research placements to Gender Studies students.

    Laura Montgomery
    Club Manager, Glasgow City FC

  • Employability skills

    We offer a comprehensive employability and skills programme to help you maximise your time at university and develop the graduate attributes required by employers. We have a dedicated Faculty Employability and Skills Officer. There's also our Career and Employability Service who work in partnership with academic staff to ensure you get the best out of your University experience and are given the right opportunities to make you ready for the world of work.

  • Companies we work with
    Glasgow and Clyde Rape Crisis have been delighted to work students from the Gender Studies programme at Stirling University. There are so many complex areas that practitioners in our service would benefit from knowing more about and the research students we have worked with have provided us with valuable knowledge that we can then use to implement change at a strategic and operational level.

    Paula Manners
    Glasgow and Clyde Rape Crisis

The Gender Studies course has changed my life for the better, allowed me to engage with rich and varied ideas, and opened up a world of possibilities for the next stage in my life.
Claire Heuchan
Gender Studies
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I have enjoyed every minute of the MSc Gender Studies. If you are interested in tackling gender inequality, this course is for you.
Rachel Adamson
Gender Studies
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