Gender Studies

MA Gender Studies
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)
Over the past thirty years, Gender Studies at UCD has become one of the most established programmes of its kind in Ireland with a strong international reputation for feminist, queer, sexualities and masculinities scholarship, teaching and engagement in public policy and activism. Our programmes include a well-recognised PhD programme, and a Masters and Graduate Diploma in Gender Studies from one of the top 1% universities in the world.

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core
• Gender Studies Minor Thesis - GS40070
• Gender Studies: Critical Themes - GS40090
• Gender: Global Concepts - GS40120
• Feminist & Egalitarian Research - SSJ40010

Stage 1 - Option
• Queer Frictions: Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Literature & Culture - ENG41860
• Human Rights Law and Equality - EQUL40070
• Masculinities, Gender and Equality - EQUL40310
• Development and the Global South - GEOG40760
• Gender, Inequality and Public Policy - GS40030
• Culture and Sexualities - GS40080
• Gender, Conflict-related Harm & Transitional Justice - GS40100
• Gender, Peace, and Security- POL41720
• Gender & the Political System - POL42040
• Organised Violence and Society - SOC40720
• Crit Race & Decolonial Theory - SOC40930

Entry requirements

Gender Studies Studies programmes, based in School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice at UCD are aimed at, but not exclusive to, applicants who have already completed an undergraduate degree in sociology, politics, history or other relevant fields and are interested in exploring further how gender plays a crucial role in the way we see the world and in how the world is organised.

Applicants are required to have a minimum of a 2.2 Honours or international equivalent in a honours level Bachelors degree (NFQ Level 8).

Applicants whose first language is not English also require proof of English language proficiency. English language certificates and the level of proficiency that the school requires is detailed

Applicants should also submit the contact details for two referees, at least one of whom should know you in an academic capacity, as well as a personal statement (circa 4-500 words) explaining why you are interested in studying this course.

These are the minimum entry requirements – additional criteria may be requested for some programmes

Application dates

The following entry routes are available:
MA Gender Studies FT (W383)
Deadline: Rolling*

MA Gender Studies PT (W384)
Deadline: Rolling*

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

Full Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Part Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No


W383 - Full-Time: 1 Year
W384 - Part Time: 2 Years

Mode of delivery: Face-to-Face

Post Course Info

Careers & Employability
Graduates have become central members of local communities, key members of NGOs, employees in public-sector agencies, education and media organisations in roles such as: social researchers, project development managers, lecturers, journalists, and policy and advocacy officers.

Graduates work in Amnesty International, Immigrant Council of Ireland, Crisis Pregnancy Programme, Médecins Sans Frontières, National Broadcasting Authority, RTE, and the National Women's Council of Ireland.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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    Full time,Part time,Daytime

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