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Gender, Sexuality & Culture

MA Gender, Sexuality & Culture
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)
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

Who should apply?
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

This MA is suitable for Humanities graduates, particularly graduates of Literature, Cultural Studies, Film and/or Visual Culture with a particular interest in gender and sexuality studies.

Vision and Values Statement
The MA in Gender, Sexuality & Culture is a dynamic, interdisciplinary programme designed for students with a strong interest in examining gender and sexuality in culture. Our programme is the first, pioneering MA programme in the analysis of gender and sexuality in culture in the Humanities in Ireland, and it attracts students from all over the world and from a wide range of disciplines and backgrounds. Drawing on the internationally recognised expertise in gender and sexuality studies from across the Humanities and Social Sciences in UCD, we provide our students with a rigorous training in the analysis of gender and sexuality in literature, film, television, media, performance, visual culture, digital culture and more. We enable our students to develop as theoretically sophisticated researchers, writers and critics equipped with cutting-edge critical skills and methods for understanding and analysing the formations of gender and sexuality in culture and society. Our programme values deeply informed, rigorous and innovative analysis, an openness to new perspectives, and self-reflective, socially and politically engaged critical practice. We foster and model these values in seminars and individual supervisions that prioritise challenging, high level discussion and debate within a mutually supportive and respectful environment.

Programme Outcomes
Open completion of the programme, students of the MA in Gender, Sexuality & Culture should be:
- highly proficient in both established and new approaches to gender studies and sexuality studies as theoretical, cultural, social, political and historical fields of investigation.

- well-grounded in a diverse range of theoretical, analytical and methodological frameworks for understanding gender, sexuality and culture transnationally and across different societies and geo-political regions.

- adept readers and thinkers, able to understand, analyse and critically evaluate cultural production and cultural theory in relation to gender and sexuality as well as in relation to other intersecting power structures, such as race, ethnicity, class and migration.

- equipped to understand and also challenge current understandings of gender and sexuality by interrogating cultural identities, such as queer, heterosexual, homosexual, gay, straight, bisexual, transgendered.

- effective independent researchers, who can identify a research topic and develop this into a minor thesis project.

- socially and politically engaged readers, writers and critics who understand and can advocate for the importance of systems of representation in both the maintenance and transformation of gendered systems of power.

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, or the international equivalent is 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.


1 Year Full Time, 2 Years Part-Time

Number of credits


Careers or further progression

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.

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core
Literary Research Methods

Gender and Sexuality in Theory and Representation


Stage 1 - Option
Contemporary US Genre Fiction: Intersection, Disruption, Protest

Memory Cultures

Social Network Analysis & Fict

Queer Frictions: Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Literature & Culture

Gender War and Violence

Reproductive Justice and Sexua

Crit Race & Decolonial Theory

Application date

How to apply?
The following entry routes are available:
MA Gender Sexuality & Culture FT (Z162)
1 Years

Full Time

Rolling *

MA Gender Sexuality & Culture PT (Z337)
2 Years

Part Time

Rolling *

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

Course fee

MA Gender, Sexuality & Culture (Z337) Part Time
EU fee per year - € 4235
nonEU fee per year - € 9600

***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 and start dates

Next Intake: 2019/2020 September

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