Gender, Sexuality and Society (Postgraduate Diploma)

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 Society programme focuses on political and social issues, including the diverse and changing nature of personal relationships, economics and the workforce, and development and legal studies. It addresses the latest debates, using cutting-edge research from this exciting and growing area of study. The programme 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.

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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 complete a core module and three option modules.

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 choose option modules from two lists compiled each year: you must take at least two option modules from the MSc Gender options list and may take one option module from the MA Gender options list.

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