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Gender & Sexuality in Writing & Culture

This MA introduces students to gender and sexuality theory in all its diversity. The programme is designed to facilitate students’ critical engagement with the production, circulation and representation of ideas about gender and sexuality in literature and culture and allow students to become proficient in various approaches to the histories of genders and sexuality. The MA is offered in conjunction with the MA in Irish Literature and Culture and the MA in Postcolonial and World Literatures making it possible to select modules from all three programmes.

Entry requirements

B.A. in English or related discipline: minimum 2.1 honours degree result or equivalent. For international students for whom English is not their first language, an English language exam certificate showing IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) is required.


1 year Full-Time

Careers or further progression

Graduates with a Masters may go on to undertake research degrees with a view to careers in academia. It is equally possible to treat the MA as a final degree with a view to working in the culture or communication sectors or to enhance a teaching degree.

Further enquiries

Programme co-ordinator (acting) Dr. Michael G Cronin
Tel: 01-7083667 / 01-7086419
Fax: 01-7086418
Address Department of English,
Maynooth University, Maynooth, Co. Kildare

Subjects taught

Course Structure
The programme offers modules dealing with feminist theory, queer theory, history and narrative form, digital technologies and consumer culture.


English and Theatre Studies
The Department offers an immersive and rewarding educational experience, with a unique concentration at Maynooth of internationally recognised scholars. The Department of English offers the opportunity to study literature and culture in English from the Renaissance to the present and the supervision of research projects in Irish literature and culture, postcolonial studies, gender studies, world literature, and British literature with particular strengths in Shakespeare and in the eighteenth century.

Course fee

In general, there are two levels of fees payable. EU students from EU countries including Ireland pay a subsidised level of fees for both taught courses and research programmes. Tuition fees for students from outside the EU are not subsidised and are thus somewhat higher than for EU students.

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