Get advanced and interdisciplinary training in the field of gender studies!
The Master's Degree Programme in Gender Studies is built around the interdisciplinary study of gender and sexuality, combining social sciences, arts and humanities.
The next intake is in the year 2023.
You will gain competence on gender policies and politics, and acquire the ability to work independently on central issues related to gender, feminism, gender equality, production of power and knowledge.
This Programme in Gender Studies is a great choice especially for students who wish to pursue a career in research, politics, equal opportunities policies and human rights institutions. Organisations in the private and public sector, as well as non-governmental organisations and civil society, are other possible career paths.
The Programme is organised in co-operation with Tampere university.
Academic Excellence & Experience
The multidisciplinary Master’s degree in gender studies provides you with advanced training in the field of gender studies. The Programme is aimed at both Finnish and international students with a variety of academic backgrounds and career plans.
It is built around the interdisciplinary study of gender and sexuality, bridging the divide between social sciences and arts and humanities. You will get to address the latest debates, using cutting-edge research from this exciting and growing area of study.
The curriculum incorporates local, cross-cultural and transnational emphases. It will encourage you to develop innovative, intersectional and interdisciplinary ways of expanding knowledge about gender and sexuality in global, local and historical contexts.
The degree engages the wide-ranging and multidisciplinary perspectives associated with gender studies:
Race and ethnicity studies
Area and global studies
Postcolonial and transnational studies
The Master’s Degree Programme in Gender Studies will give you competence on gender policies and politics. You will also acquire the ability to work independently on central issues related to gender, feminism, gender equality, and the production of power and knowledge. These competences include the use of gender as an analytic category and a critical perspective on crucial questions within science, politics, art and culture, and social issues.
Master's Thesis & Topics
In the Master’s thesis, the student must prove their ability to do scientific work and manage research methods, knowledge of the research field, and skill of scientific writing.
Examples of thesis topics are:
Transforming bodies, wandering desires: intra-actions of gender and sexuality in a non-heterosexual transgender embodiment
Feminist Gerontology: A study on the gender of ageing women
Child’s Play: A gender-aware perspective on nursery school life
Joint Degree Programme
The scope and extent of this Programme are unique. As a joint degree co-operation of two universities, the University of Turku and Tampere university, it combines two special research and teaching profiles of gender studies. This guarantees wide, interdisciplinary expertise.
At the University of Turku, the Master’s Degree Programme in Gender Studies is organised in the Faculty of Humanities. Students also have the possibility to benefit from many other courses offered by the other programmes within the University. The main research areas are:
Research on affects
At the University of Tampere, the Programme is a part of the Global Society framework of the School of Social Sciences and Humanities. Within this framework, students have the possibility to benefit from many other courses offered by other programmes. In addition, a network of gender researchers organises regular research seminars. The key research and teaching themes are:
Gender and embodiment
Gendering practices in changing society
The local and global orders of knowledge production on gender, nature and environment
Ecological choices in everyday life;
Lesbian and queer studies
Affective inequalities in intimate relationships