Gender Sexuality & Culture

MA Gender Sexuality & Culture offers students an exciting and challenging range of modules where they will explore the theory, history and representation of gender and sexuality in literature, film, drama and popular culture.

• Innovative MA on the literary and cultural study of gender & sexuality
• Opportunities for developing inter-disciplinary research
• Wide range of literary and cultural texts studied

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core:
Gender and Sexuality in Theory and Representation ENG40940
Dissertation (MA Gender) ENG42070
Public Humanities and Ireland ENG42090

Stage 2 - Options
Digital Methods EDF40060
Contemporary US Genre Fiction: Intersection, Disruption, Protest ENG41670
Un/Settling Global Literatures ENG42080
Masculinities, Gender and Equality EQUL40310
Chick Flicks: Women and Hollywood Storytelling FS40240
Stardom, Celebrity & Media Culture FS40270
Media, Gender, and Sexuality FS40370
Culture and Sexualities GS40080
Gender, Sexuality, and the Body; The Politics of Belonging GS40110
Creative Approaches HUM40040
Arts and Events Programming HUM40050
Media & Society IS40860
Queering Global Challenges SOC41150

Entry requirements

This programme is intended for applicants with a background in the humanities, or literature, film studies, cultural studies, visual culture, sociology, anthropology, psychology, psychoanalysis as well as women’s studies, gender studies and sexuality studies. A keen interest in gender and sexuality and an ability to analyse textual representations are the key characteristics required.
• An upper second class honours degree (NFQ Level 8), or the international equivalent is normally required. However, all applicants will be assessed on a case-by-case basis and relevant work experience will be taken into account, so that in certain exceptional cases candidates with a 2.2 or an award at a lower NFQ level, together with experiential learning, may be admitted.

• Applicants wishing to have experiential learning taken into consideration must show evidence of significant appropriate levels of such learning – a CV, portfolio and/or interview may be required.
• Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent.
• These are the minimum entry requirements – additional criteria may be requested for some programmes.

Application dates

The following entry routes are available:
MA Gender Sexuality & Culture FT (Z162)
Duration 1 Year
Attend Full Time
Deadline: Rolling*

MA Gender Sexuality & Culture PT (Z337)
Duration 2 Years
Attend Part Time
Deadline: Rolling*

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised.




Z162 - Full-Time: 1 Year
Z337 - Part Time: 2 Years

Mode of delivery: Face-to-Face


MA Gender, Sexuality & Culture (Z162) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 7315
nonEU fee per year - € 19900

MA Gender, Sexuality & Culture (Z337) Part Time
EU fee per year - € 4390
nonEU fee per year - € 9950

***Fees are subject to change
Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website.Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme.For further information please see International Scholarships.

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: 2024/2025 September.

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Careers & Employability
For students who are inspired to continue their study in Gender Studies, Sexuality Studies, Literature and Cultural Studies, this MA is an ideal preparation for the PhD.
However, the quality and flexibility of the MA has allowed the majority of our graduates to pursue careers in a wide range of professions, including teaching, publishing, advertising, public relations, media, public service, librarianship, development and advocacy work.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Part time,Daytime

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