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Explore the intersection of gender and politics on one of the only master’s in the UK focused on these two subjects combined.
With gender, at last, being given centre stage as a political issue now is a particularly interesting time to be looking at politics and gender in combination.
Delving into this fascinating area, this MA will give you a deep insight into issues related to gender and the contemporary world.
You’ll explore how gender intersects with politics, international relations, political theory and public policy.
Other topics covered include the politics of gender inequality, and the part gender can play in the peace and reconciliation of countries; and gender in political representation, and the steps needed to make electoral organisations more gender-equal.
You’ll be joining a well-established team of academics specialising in gender and politics. We have a growing Gender and Sexuality Research Group at the University.
This is also currently one of the only MA courses in the UK focusing specifically on politics and gender, giving you a stand-out qualification.
As well as a compelling set of master’s level skills, you will gain a deep understanding of how gender is approached in politics across national and international spheres, putting you in a strong position for a policy-making career.
Studying this course is excellent preparation for working in gender policy roles. You could take your expertise into international organisations, multinational corporations, public bodies or think tanks.
You could also take your studies further to doctoral level.
This course lasts 1 year. It starts in September 2021 and ends in 2022. Welcome week starts on 27 September 2021.
Occasionally we make changes to our programmes in response to, for example, feedback from students, developments in research and the field of studies, and the requirements of accrediting bodies. You will be advised of any significant changes to the advertised programme, in accordance with our Terms and Conditions.
Compulsory course units
These compulsory units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units.
Scopes and methods of politics and international relations
The politics of gender inequality
Plus two optional units
Gender and transitional justice
Gender, peace and security
Gender, political behaviour and representation
Plus two optional units
Gender and politics MA dissertation
Optional course units
These optional units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units.
Comparative European politics
Societal modernisation and the transformation of democracy
International terrorism and counter-terrorism
International security: theories and concepts
Memory culture - memory politics
Governance, security and development in East and South-East Asia
Russian politics in comparative perspective
The cultures of globalisation
Organised crime in Europe: threats and challenges
International security: the contemporary agenda
Britain and Europe
International relations of South and Central Asia
Economic foreign policy and the international trade regime
Theories of conflict and conflict resolution
The politics of risk
Learning and assessment
Recognition of professional qualifications
As well as being recognised as a higher academic qualification, a number of our degrees are also accredited by professional bodies in the United Kingdom. An accredited degree may entitle you to work in a specific profession within the UK, and abroad (where there are reciprocating arrangements with professional bodies in other countries).
The requirements to practise a profession vary from country to country. If you wish to practise your profession outside the United Kingdom, you are advised to confirm that the UK professional qualification you seek is valid in the country in which you are intending to work.
You should have a bachelor’s honours degree or international equivalent, typically a 2:1 or above.
To apply for this course you should have an undergraduate degree in a social sciences subject. We will also consider graduates with an undergraduate degree in other subjects where you have substantial relevant professional experience.
We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.
If your first language is not English but within the last 2 years you completed your degree in the UK you may be exempt from our English language requirements.
English language requirements
IELTS: 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in all components
The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 62 with no less than 59 in any element
TOEFL IBT: 90 overall with a minimum 21 in all 4 components
If you need to improve your English language skills before starting your studies, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course to reach the required level.
Fees and funding
Home tuition fees: £10,000
Overseas tuition fees: £21,500
There is a course deposit of £250 payable upon receipt of an offer of a place to study (offset against your course fees). You can pay this through the online store.
How to pay
Tuition fee loans
If you are studying a postgraduate course, you may be able to take out a loan for your tuition fees and living costs.
Scholarships and bursaries
You could be considered for a bursary or scholarship to help you study at Bath. You do not have to pay it back.
Other payment options
You can pay your tuition fees by Direct Debit, debit card, credit card, cheque, bank transfer or cash. You may also be eligible for a student loan to help you pay your fees.
As well as the cost of books, you will also need to cover the cost of scanning and photocopying. You should budget at least £100 for this.
Some courses involve engagement away from the University campus, and you may be required to pay some or all of the costs for these optional events.