This programme is built around the interdisciplinary study of gender and sexuality, bridging the divide between the social sciences and the arts and humanities.
The Gender, Sexuality and Culture programme is designed for those with special interests in the humanities, including literature, history, media and film, visual art, philosophy and cultural theory. It addresses the latest debates, using cutting-edge research from this exciting and growing area of study. It considers competing theories and approaches to gender and sexuality, and explores the ways in which these intersect with concepts of race, ethnicity, age and class.
This course will develop your ability to discuss diverse theories of gender and sexuality and consider how gender and sexuality are represented, and operate, within relevant humanities or social sciences literatures. You will be given a firm grounding in gender theory and will develop the confidence to apply appropriate theories to your independent research project.
Read Dr Dominic Janes from the Department of History of Art discussing Birkbeck's strong track-record in gender and sexuality studies.
How to apply
Application deadlines and interviews
We recommend you apply as early as possible. Later applications may also be considered, subject to availability of places.
Interviews are held throughout the year.
Gender, Sexuality and Culture (MA) (Part-time)
Gender, Sexuality and Culture (MA) (Full-time)
You complete a core module, three option modules and a dissertation.
Full-time students generally take one option module in Term 1 and two option modules in Term 2; part-time students generally take one option module in Term 2 of their first year, one in Term 1 of their second year, and one in Term 2 of their second year. However, option modules are available in all three terms.
You will choose option modules from two lists compiled each year: you must take at least two option modules from the MA Gender options list and may take one option module from the MSc Gender options list.
Workshops and presentations of students’ research take place throughout the year.
Please note, the below list is a selection of classes which may potentially run and is not a timetable for any given academic year.
Good second-class honours degree.
Other relevant qualifications, and appropriate professional training and experience, are also welcome.
International entry requirements
If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.
If you don't meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses, foundation programmes and language support services to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.
Visit the International section of our website to find out more about our English language entry requirements and relevant requirements by country.
Part-time home/EU students: £
paFull-time home/EU students: £
paPart-time overseas students: £
paFull-time overseas students: £
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Funding and Financial Support
Careers and employability
Graduates go in to careers in community and voluntary sector organisations, the public sector and research. Possible professions include social researcher, charity fundraiser, or social worker. This degree may also be useful in becoming a human resources officer or further education lecturer.
Find out more about these professions.
Find out more about the destinations of graduates in this subject.
We offer a comprehensive Careers and Employability Service to help you advance your career, while our in-house, professional recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, works with London’s top employers to help you gain work experience that fits in with your evening studies.
Teaching and assessment
Seminars, lectures, workshops and presentations.
Normally one essay per module and a 15,000-word dissertation.