Gender, Sexuality and Culture (MA)

Year of entry


Start date

October 2018


Central London


Fully Approved


One year full-time or two years part-time 


Two evenings a week full-time or one evening a week part-time, October to September

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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's discussion of Birkbeck's strong track-record in gender and sexuality studies.

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  • Interdisciplinary programmes with the choice between a focus on the humanities or on political and social issues.
  • This programme is linked to Birkbeck Gender and Sexuality (BiGS). BiGS hosts experts in the field, organises a diverse range of events throughout the year, including dedicated postgraduate workshops and seminars, and sponsors a lively student postgraduate forum, which runs reading groups, workshops and symposia, as well as the BiGS students' blog.
  • In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), Sociology at Birkbeck was ranked 13th in the UK. 
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Course structure

You study one compulsory and three option modules from a diverse range of topics.

Please note, the list below is a selection of classes which may potentially run and is not a timetable for any given academic year.

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