MA in Gender, Media & Culture

Goldsmiths, University of London

Program Description

MA in Gender, Media & Culture

Goldsmiths, University of London

This MA introduces you to recent debates on gender in the disciplines of sociology and media and communications studies, and to the interdisciplinary domains of feminist social and cultural theory.

Drawing on the internationally recognised and pioneering expertise of staff in the Department of Sociology and Department of Media and Communications, the programme offers you the opportunity to develop cutting-edge critical skills in relation to cultural approaches to gender formation and gender theory.

As well as these theoretical and analytical points of orientation, the MA in Gender, Media and Culture aims to help you grasp the importance of epistemology and methodology for the evaluation of empirical investigations of gender formations.

The programme, therefore, introduces you to, and offers training in, the key socio-cultural methods for the study of gender in the contemporary world, including methods for the study of visual culture; the body and effect; and memory.

These two elements of the programme are brought together in a dissertation study, which involves tailored supervision in the application of research methods to a specific topic.

This programme relates to the following disciplines:

  • Sociology
  • Media and Communications
  • Humanities
  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Philosophy

Overall the programme has the following interrelated aims

  • to provide in-depth interdisciplinary knowledge of contemporary gender formations,
  • to provide theoretical, analytical and methodological points of orientation for understanding gender and culture transnationally and across different societies and geopolitical regions,
  • to offer skilled supervision in the development and completion of a small research project which tests thoroughly a range of research skills,
  • to expose students to a lively research environment and the relevant expertise of the research-led Departments of Sociology and Media and Communications.

Modules & structure

Overview Core components of the programme will familiarise you with the wide range of debates integral to the fields of gender studies, feminist theory, and cultural studies.

These include:

  • questions about sexual difference and the performativity of gender,
  • gender, science, debates on affect and emotion,
  • gender and migration and the new international division of labour,
  • feminism.

Core modules

  • Introduction to Feminist Theory and Culture 30 credits
  • Gender Affect and the Body 30 credits

Option modules

You have 60 credits at your disposal, you can choose any 30 credit modules related to gender from postgraduate modules across the University. You can choose either a regular option (30 credits) or two ‘mini-options’ (2 x 15 credits).

For your other options, you can choose modules from either the Department of Sociology or the following Departments across Goldsmiths. Not all modules are suitable for students from all academic backgrounds; you will discuss your choices with the Programme Convenor at the start of your degree.

Media & Communications theory options

Media modules currently include:

  • Media Law and Ethics 30 credits
  • Understanding Journalism, for Research Students 15 credits
  • Embodiment and Experience 15 credits
  • Media Geographies 15 credits
  • Race, Empire and Nation 15 credits
  • Media, Ritual and Contemporary Public Cultures 15 credits
  • Music as Communication and Creative Practice 15 credits Political Economy of the Media 30 credits
  • Promotional Culture 15 credits
  • The City and Consumer Culture 15 credits
  • Contemporary Screen Narratives in Practice and Theory 30 credits
  • The Structures of Contemporary Political Communication 30 credits and 15 credits
  • Asking the Right Questions: Research and Practice 15 credits
  • Campaign Skills: Theory and Practice 15 credits
  • Journalism in Context 15 credits
  • Cultural Studies and Cultural Geography: Speed, Mobility and Territory 15 credits.

Options from other departments

You'll also have the option of taking modules from other departments at Goldsmiths:

  • Centre for Cultural Studies
  • English and Comparative Literature
  • Anthropology
  • Politics
  • Music
  • Educational Studies


Assessment consists of coursework, extended essays, reports, presentations, practice-based projects or essays/logs, group projects, reflective essays, and seen and unseen written examinations.

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Skills & careers


Graduates from this programme gain conceptual and methodological knowledge of the key concepts and debates in the study of gender and culture; the skills of critical analysis; the ability to distinguish and appraise a range of socio-cultural research methodologies; the skills to design and develop a research project; and the ability to recognise and account for sensitive ethical issues relating to research and representation.

The two core courses provide you with the necessary skills to understand the relationships between early debates in the fields of gender studies, feminist theory and feminist cultural theory, and the ability to critically engage with new developments in these fields. Furthermore, you will gain a critical appreciation of the role and place of the body and effect in the development of feminist cultural theory and gender theory and the challenges that contemporary socio-cultural changes bring to the theorisation of the body.


Previous graduates have embarked on professional careers in social research, think tanks, the arts and cultural sectors, government and public administration, development, human rights, NGOs, and in media and communications globally. They have also progressed to PhD study.

Entry requirements

You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least upper second class standard in a relevant/related subject.

You might also be considered for some programmes if you aren’t a graduate or your degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that you have the ability to work at postgraduate level.

Equivalent qualifications

We accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.

English language requirements

If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need to meet our English language requirements to study with us.

For this programme we require:

IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.5 in the written test and no individual test lower than 6.0).

If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for postgraduate-level study.

How to apply

You apply directly to Goldsmiths using our online application system.

Before submitting your application you’ll need to have:

  • Details of your education history, including the dates of all exams/assessments,
  • An electronic copy of your reference on letter headed paper, or alternatively the email address of your referee who we can request a reference from. It is preferred that you use an academic reference, however, in cases where applicants are unable to provide one, a professional reference is acceptable,
  • A personal statement – this can either be uploaded as a Word Document or PDF or completed online,
  • If available, an electronic copy of your educational transcript (this is particularly important if you have studied outside of the UK, but isn’t mandatory).

You'll be able to save your progress at any point and return to your application by logging in using your username/email and password.

When to apply

We accept applications from October for students wanting to start the following September.

We encourage you to complete your application as early as possible, even if you haven't finished your current programme of study. It's very common to be offered a place that is conditional on you achieving a particular qualification.

Late applications will only be considered if there are spaces available.

If you're applying for funding, you may be subject to an earlier application deadline.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated January 30, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
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Sept. 2018
1 - 2 years
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7,520 GBP
United Kingdom - London, England
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Programme fee 2018-2019: Home/EU - £7520; ; International - £16080