MSc/MLitt Gender Studies (Applied)


Program Description

Our Master's degree examines the history, context and development of key feminist debates, exploring commonalities and differences in the ways they have played out in a range of contemporary, historical and global cultures. This interdisciplinary course has been developed by specialists who are passionately engaged with gender, feminist and queer issues.

Through core modules like Understanding Gender, Feminist Research 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.

This Masters course in Gender Studies (Applied) 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 feminist 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 Stirling Graduate School, you’ll have access to seminars and events held across the university led by staff and practitioners working on gender and feminist issues.

Top reasons to study with us

  1. You’ll have one-to-one supervision from staff engaged in ongoing research at the forefront of their disciplines.
  2. You’ll engage in debates from a wide variety of disciplines, and work with unique materials in feminist archival collections.
  3. You’ll have the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills in a real-world setting.

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.

Course details

The Gender Studies (Applied) Masters course combines interdisciplinary core modules on gender theory, feminist research and the history of feminist thought - 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’s underpinned by feminist theory and acknowledges the ways in which gender informs – and is informed by – other structural inequalities. Collectively, they equip you with a knowledge and understanding of key feminist debates about ontology, epistemology and methodology, and enable you to identify both commonalities and differences in the ways these debates have played out in different 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 more discipline-based learning, collectively providing a multi-disciplinary perspective for the study of gender issues. The Gender Studies 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 complete the course by producing a dissertation totalling between 12,000-15,000 words on a topic of your choice within Gender Studies.


The core modules are delivered in weekly seminars.


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, Feminist Research 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.

Course director

Dr Kirsty Alexander

Fees - 2020/2021

  • Overseas £15,250
  • Home/EU £6,000
Last updated Aug 2020

About the School

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