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Gender Studies (MLitt) 2020 entry

On the MLitt in Gender Studies you will explore the theory and history of gender studies. You will develop an interdisciplinary understanding of the ways in which gender is defined, generated, and communicated as well as learn applied skills in textual, visual, and comparative analysis.

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Course type

Postgraduate, leading to a Master of Letters (MLitt).

Course dates

  • Start date: 7 September 2020
  • End date: 30 September 2021

Information about all programmes from previous years of entry can be found in the archive.

Course duration

One year full-time; part-time study is not currently offered.

Entry requirements

  • A good 2.1 Honours undergraduate degree. If you studied your first degree outside the UK, see the international entry requirements.
  • The MLitt in Gender Studies welcomes applicants from a range of disciplinary backgrounds including, but not limited to:
    • anthropology
    • cultural studies
    • history
    • literary studies
    • media studies
    • philosophy
    • politics.
  • English language proficiency. See English language tests and qualifications.

The qualifications listed are indicative minimum requirements for entry. Some academic Schools will ask applicants to achieve significantly higher marks than the minimum. Obtaining the listed entry requirements will not guarantee you a place, as the University considers all aspects of every application including, where applicable, the writing sample, personal statement, and supporting documents.

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Tuition fees

UK and EU: £9,450
Overseas: £19,400

Application deadline

Applications should be submitted as early as possible and no later than 12 August 2020. Applicants should apply as early as possible to be eligible for certain scholarships and for international visa purposes.

Application requirements

  • A CV or résumé. This should include your personal details with a history of your education and employment to date.
  • A personal statement explaining:
    • why you have applied for this course
    • how it relates to your personal or professional ambitions
    • how your academic and professional background show you have the skills needed to work effectively at postgraduate level.
  • Two original signed academic references on headed paper.
  • Academic transcripts and degree certificates.
  • Evidence of English language proficiency (required if English is not your first language).

For more guidance, see supporting documents and references for postgraduate taught programmes.

Course information

The MLitt in Gender Studies explores the theory and history of gender studies. You will develop an interdisciplinary understanding of the ways in which gender is defined, generated, and communicated as well as learn applied skills in textual, visual, and comparative analysis.


  • Aimed at students who want to deepen their understanding of gender studies including those who may want to continue to a doctoral degree.
  • Degree structure and content helps students with limited direct subject experience to develop advanced knowledge and understanding.
  • Intersectional approach will help you understand the connections between gender, class, ethnicity, sexuality, power, and inequality.
  • Interdisciplinary character allows you to use ideas from different disciplines to illuminate your studies.
  • Integrated training programme connects your academic learning with the development of professional competencies that enhance employability.

The MLitt in Gender Studies is distinguished by its interdisciplinary character. You will be encouraged to develop a more rounded, interdisciplinary understanding of gender studies questions and concepts and to use ideas from different disciplines to illuminate your studies. The core modules bring together subject experts from across the University, providing different disciplinary perspectives on key topics. The optional modules allow you to further develop the interdisciplinary character of your studies.

You will develop your knowledge of the history and nature of key theoretical concepts in gender studies and engage with contemporary questions and debates. Your learning will encompass subjects including feminism and women’s studies, masculine studies, sexism and oppression, and queer theory. The degree is committed to the intersectional analysis of the phenomena it examines and will deepen your understanding of the connections between gender, class, ethnicity, sexuality, and power.

The degree will be of particular interest if you intend to continue to doctoral research as it provides a broad-based programme of study culminating in a supervised research project. 

The MLitt in Gender Studies has close links with the St Andrews Institute for Gender Studies. The Institute brings together more than 100 academic affiliates from 17 of the University’s schools and, as part of your studies, you will be encouraged to attend Institute events and to reflect on your learning from these. These links will bring you into contact with current gender studies research across different disciplines, helping to give your studies a remarkable richness and depth. 

The degree includes an integrated training programme. The training programme connects your academic learning with the development of professional competencies that enhance employability. The training programme brings together postgraduates from all Graduate School Masters degrees, helping you to make new interdisciplinary connections and providing a supportive social aspect to the Graduate School community.

Teaching format

The MLitt in Gender Studies is a one-year full-time degree. You will complete two compulsory modules in semester 1 (September to December) and a third compulsory module in semester 2 (January to May). You will complete one or two optional modules in each semester.

You will use the period from June to August to complete a supervised research project.

The MLitt degree involves both independent and group study, and teaching methods include seminars, workshops, and practical sessions.

Most modules are assessed through coursework including essays, reflective assignments, and presentations.

Further particulars regarding curriculum development.


The modules in this programme have varying methods of delivery and assessment. For more details of each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see the latest module catalogue which is for the 2019–2020 academic year; some elements may be subject to change for 2020 entry.

Each semester is organised around compulsory modules exploring the key theoretical concepts and contemporary debates:

Semester 1

  • Gender Theory: examines the theoretical basis of gender studies including gender and rationality, gender and emotion, feminism, queer theory, and oppression.

  • Interdisciplinary Topics in Gender Studies I: brings together academics from different disciplines to provide an interdisciplinary approach to contemporary questions in gender studies such as health, violence, migration, and work.

Semester 2

  • Interdisciplinary Topics in Gender Studies  IIbuilds on the semester 1 module by developing your interdisciplinary understanding of more contemporary questions in gender studies.

Alongside the compulsory modules, you will complete one or two optional modules in each semester. Optional modules allow you to shape the degree around your own personal and professional interests.

Optional modules are expected to be offered in the following areas:

  • Amerindian studies
  • gender and terrorism
  • health and development
  • political philosophy
  • representation of the body
  • representations of women
  • specialised research in English, French, German, or Italian studies
  • women, writing, and gender.

Optional modules in other areas may be possible subject to availability and agreement.

Optional modules are subject to change each year and may require a minimum number of students to be offered (see the University’s position on curriculum development).

The final module of the MLitt is the research project. The project takes the form of a period of supervised research where you will explore a gender studies topic in depth. The project is an opportunity to demonstrate your ability to plan and manage research work and to apply appropriate research techniques. It therefore provides excellent preparation for careers requiring research skills, whether in academia or other contexts.

You can choose to present your research project as:

  • A written dissertation that emphasises your ability to plan and execute academically rigorous research, or
  • A multi-media portfolio that emphasises your ability to present gender studies concepts in exciting and engaging ways, or
  • A policy report that emphasises your ability to critically assess gender-related policy and make convincing recommendations for policy changes.

If students choose not to complete the dissertation requirement for the MLitt, there are exit awards available that allow suitably qualified candidates to receive a Postgraduate Certificate or a Postgraduate Diploma. By choosing an exit award, you will receive a PG Cert or PGDip instead of an MLitt.

The modules listed here are indicative, and there is no guarantee they will run for 2020 entry. Take a look at the most up-to-date modules in the module catalogue.

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The Graduate School for Interdisciplinary Studies

The Graduate School for Interdisciplinary Studies is the University of St Andrews’ newest academic school and has been established to foster interdisciplinary postgraduate education and scholarship.

The Graduate School’s interdisciplinary programmes and community provide postgraduates with a stimulating environment in which you can:

  • Learn across subject boundaries and expand your knowledge base, allowing you to maximise the intellectual and professional value of your time at St Andrews.
  • Develop and apply practical skills relevant to academic and professional contexts, enhancing your employability.
  • Benefit from being part of a vibrant and welcoming postgraduate community and a Graduate School that is wholly focused on understanding and meeting the needs of Masters students.


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After the MLitt

Research degrees

St Andrews offers a vibrant and stimulating research environment. One of the great strengths of a St Andrews research degree is the collegiate atmosphere which enables access to expertise beyond your formal supervisors and the ability to conduct interdisciplinary research.

Research students are supported by a supervisory team throughout their studies and are assessed by means of a substantial thesis of original research.

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The University of St Andrews’ global reputation makes its graduates highly valued by employers. The MLitt in Gender Studies provides the subject knowledge and applied skills needed for a range of leadership and professional careers. It will be of particular interest if you are considering a career in academia or research.

On this MLitt you will:

  • Learn applied research skills including the evaluation of primary source materials secondary literature, comparative analysis techniques, and the presentation of academic concepts to mixed audiences.
  • Plan and manage a substantive research project, apply appropriate research techniques, and analyse and interpret research findings.
  • Demonstrate professional competencies including critical thinking and creativity, analysis and appraisal, problem-solving and decision making, project management and personal leadership, team working and interpersonal communication.

Alongside your studies, you will be able to complete M-Skills, a programme of in-person and online workshops and training materials for Masters students. M-Skills will help you develop the broader academic and personal skills you need to succeed in your degree and enhance your employability.

Additionally, the Careers Centre provides advice and support to help you plan your professional development and achieve your career goals. As well as online resources the Careers Centre offers one-to-one appointments to discuss any career-related matters.


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6 February 2020: The module 'digital thinking in politics and society' was removed from the optional module list.


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