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MScApplied Gender Studies

Why this course?

The MSc Applied Gender Studies degree at Strathclyde is a Master’s level course for those who wish to study how gender ‘works’ in relation to other structural inequalities such as race, sexuality, class and disability within society.

If you wish to pursue a career in the charitable, education, government or civil service or the heritage sectors then this course is ideally suited to you. It will also appeal to those who may already be working within an organisation with a strong interest in gender in society.

For those who are interested in pursuing a more research focussed option the MSc Applied Gender Studies can also be taken as a Research Methods route. This allows graduates to meet the criteria for ESRC funding, an important factor if you plan to go on to PhD study in the Social Sciences.

By completing this course you will develop the analytical and practical skills necessary to engage critically with contemporary gender issues including:

  • gender theory 
  • gender equality
  • feminist theory
  • queer theory
  • LGBT studies
  • gender & society

A key focus of this course is how these concepts can be applied within real-world contexts. You will have the opportunity to gain first-hand experience working on a research project with an external organisation from the feminist third sector and organisations committed to gender equality in arts, culture and sport.

The course team have established links in Glasgow and beyond with potential placement providers.

Glasgow has a diverse range of key women’s and equalities organisations in the city. The University of Strathclyde has particularly strong links with the Glasgow Women’s Library, the only accredited museum in the UK dedicated to women’s lives, histories and achievements. You'll benefit from access to the unique archival collections held by the Library as part of this course.

Glasgow Women’s Library is a unique resource in Scotland that nurtures research and inspires academic enquiry on women, gender and queer studies. We are thrilled to be connected to the MSc Applied Gender Studies at Strathclyde and look forward to the ground breaking outcomes for students and the Library that this connection will spark."

Adele Patrick, Lifelong Learning and Creative Development Manager, Glasgow Women’s Library

What you’ll study

Gender studies is a multi-disciplinary field dealing intersectionally with various social and cultural dimensions.

Reflecting this, the MSc Applied Gender Studies combines interdisciplinary core courses on gender theory, feminist research and the history of feminist thought, with optional classes within a range of disciplinary traditions.

Strathclyde has particular strengths in feminist and queer approaches within Journalism and Media Studies, English Literature, History, Creative Writing, Education, Politics and International Relations, Criminology and Social Policy.

This course comprises of three core courses:

  • Understanding Gender
  • Feminist Knowledge, Feminist Research
  • Feminisms – Continuity & Change

These core modules focus on providing students with an interdisciplinary frame for the critical study of gender that is underpinned by feminist theory and acknowledges the ways in which gender informs – and is informed by – other structural inequalities.

Understanding how feminist theory, research and activism has developed over time is a key element of the degree, and our core courses include visits to Glasgow Women’s Library to learn about feminist archiving and work with their original collections.

Collectively, these courses equip students with a knowledge and understanding of key feminist debates about ontology, epistemology and methodology, and enable them to identify both commonalities and differences in the ways these debates have been taken up in different disciplinary contexts over time.

Students also take three optional courses chosen from a range of modules. These are updated annually and may include:

  • Queer Global Literatures
  • Gender, Health and Modern Medicine
  • Diversity, Gender and Sexuality in Education
  • Feminism and International Relations
  • Transcultural Fandom and British Popular Culture
  • Italian Women Writers and the Anglophone Sphere

The Gender Studies Research Placement and Advanced Topics in Gender Studies options run every year. You'll also complete a Gender Studies dissertation. We're well placed to supervise projects aligned to a range of disciplinary interests and using diverse methodologies.

In addition to the MSc Applied Gender Studies, we also offer the MSc Applied Gender Studies (Research Methods) which is the recommended route for students intending to apply for a PhD in the Social Sciences.

Students on this programme take core modules Feminist Knowledge and Research, Advanced Topics in Gender Studies, Perspectives on Social Research, Quantitative Methods and Qualitative Methods.

Students following this route take only one of the optional courses listed above and similarly complete a dissertation.

Research placement

The Research Placement option provides students with the opportunity to put their Gender Studies learning and research training into practice in a real-world environment.

Students conduct a piece of research according to a brief produced in consultation with the host organisation.

The course team have established links with potential placement providers - in Glasgow and beyond - from the feminist third sector and a range of organisations committed to gender equality in arts, culture and sport.

Examples of organisations we have links with include Women in Journalism, Engender, Glasgow Women’s Library, Zero Tolerance, Rape Crisis Scotland, Women’s Support Project, Scottish Football Association, The Parliament Project and the National Union of Journalists.

Guest lectures

Within the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences you'll have access to a wide range of research events focused on gender and sexuality throughout the year.

Strathclyde Feminist Network offers an annual seminar programme bringing in guest speakers from the feminist and equality sectors as well as visiting academics.

We host a Postgraduate Feminist Reading Group, which provides a forum for staff and students on taught and research programmes to come together to discuss and debate key texts. As founder members of Gender Equal Media Scotland, we're also involved with a range of events relating to journalism, media and the creative industries.

Follow us on Twitter @StrathGender and @Strath_fem to keep up to date with our forthcoming events.

Course content

Core classes

Understanding Gender
Issues of gender, diversity and intersectionality are frequently raised in the media and are important in every workplace. This core class for the new MSc gives students the theoretical and methodological tools to understand and discuss these issues and enables them to situate themselves as Masters students within the broader field of 'gender studies'.
Feminisms: Continuity & Change

This class seeks to understand contemporary feminist thinking in relation to debates, campaigns, writings and actions from previous generations of feminists.

It assists students on the MSc to historicise their understanding of feminism and appreciate how feminist thought and theories have changed over time.

It draws on strengths from across the School and HaSS whilst also capitalising on the proximity of Strathclyde to Glasgow Women’s Library to encourage students to use archival sources in their research and learning.

Feminist Knowledge, Feminist Research

This class focuses on enabling students to interrogate how feminist knowledge is produced in and outside the academy, and understand the practices and principles of feminist research.

The module will include a half-day field trip to Glasgow Women’s Library where students will have the opportunity to engage with a range of colleagues working on different aspects of knowledge preservation, cataloguing and creation at GWL.

Optional classes

Gender Studies Research Placement
The placement option provides students with the opportunity to put their gender studies learning and postgraduate research training into practice in a real-world environment, conducting a piece of research according to a brief provided by the placement organization.
Advanced Reading in Gender Studies
This class enables students to work with a staff member of their choice on a mutually agreed topic in the field of gender studies. Within this broad field, this option is designed to give students the opportunity to pursue their own research interests and explore a chosen topic independently.
Global Queers: Travel Writing & Sexual Politics

This class is designed to engage students with recent research on sexuality in a global context.

This continues to be a controversial topic with key global institutions and organisations from churches to the UN being unable to forge an internal consensus about the protection and acceptance of LGBTQ lives.

Through looking at non-fiction writing, this class will introduce students to key issue in the field through the perspective of writers who travel across real and gender/sexual border and boundaries.

Transcultural Fandom and British Popular Culture

British literature, culture and media have a major presence in international fandom, and the course will use two of Britain's best-known cultural exports, Sherlock Holmes and Harry Potter, as case studies for intercultural communication and reworking by fans who are not native speakers.

Fan studies, as an emerging discipline, intersects significantly with gender studies, and the class will have a particular focus on young adult female fans and on sexuality and diversity in online fan communities.

The Working Man in Modern Britain: Gender, Class & Health 1800-2000

This interdisciplinary class is designed to engage students with recent research on men as gendered subjects, by exploring the history of men and masculinity through the prism of work and health.

The module will combine research interests from staff across the school of Humanities, including History, English, Creative Writing and Journalism.

Students will explore representations and lived experiences of men and masculinity in different occupations and work environments, and will be encouraged to think critically about cultural constructions of masculinity in political discourses and popular culture.

Gender, Health & Modern Medicine
This class explores the complex interactions between medicine, gender, health and illness in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Students will explore the key role that gender has played in the emergence of modern healthcare and medicine in a variety of settings, such as Britain, Ireland and the United States.
Diversity, Gender & Sexuality in Education

In 2017, the Scottish Government confirmed its commitment to supporting diversity particularly with respect to gender identities and sexual orientations in educational contexts.

This module offers students, especially those working in or planning to work in educational contexts, with an opportunity to better understand the implications of supporting initiatives that promote gender diversity and LGBTI inclusion from academic, policy and practice perspectives.

Feminism & International Relations

This class aims to explore and assess contemporary feminist challenges to global politics.

The last few decades have seen the emergence of a feminist movement world-wide in scope, transnationally connected, and working in and against international institutions to combat gender inequality. There is now a substantial feminist body of scholarship on global politics, interrogating the ostensible gender blindness of existing academic work in this area (particularly as articulated in the academic discipline of International Relations) and expanding the range of issues, ideas and voices that count as ‘global’ and ‘political’.

This class considers feminism both as a lens on global politics and as a global political force. We begin our investigations by establishing key actors, in terms of the expansion and institutionalisation of feminist organising on a global scale and of feminist scholarship on global politics. We then discuss key feminist concepts and frameworks for making sense of global politics and the International Relations discipline, before critically evaluating feminist analysis of and activism on a range of substantive issues connected to conflict and security, international political economy and global governance. A final session will reflect critically on the impact of feminism on the theory and practice of global politics, and the challenges ahead.

The class is taught in seminars encouraging active student participation and assessed solely through coursework intended to facilitate active and deep modes of learning.

Learning & teaching

The core courses are delivered in weekly seminars where there is an emphasis on student participation and engagement.

On both Feminist Knowledge, Feminist Research and Feminisms – Continuity and Change, some of our classes are held at Glasgow Women’s Library.


The assessment is all in the form of coursework, with a range of assessments designed to allow students to demonstrate different research and writing skills.

All the core courses have more than one assessment point so that receiving and responding to feedback is built in to the course design. Optional modules are taught and assessed in a variety of ways.

On the Research Placement module, students will deliver their research in a form agreed in advance with the Placement provider so as to best meet their needs and provide the student with the opportunity to develop skills in delivering research in real world contexts.

Entry requirements

Applied Gender Studies welcomes applicants with diverse educational and professional experiences. To be admitted to the programme students should normally possess:

First (1st) class or upper second (2.1) Honours degree in a relevant discipline, usually in the Humanities and Social Sciences.


Relevant experience (paid or voluntary) in feminist, queer, or equalities work.

Supporting references: academic references where possible, but for students applying from a professional background, professional references are appropriate.

Suitable minimum level of competency in the English language if the student’s first language is not English or if the student has not been educated wholly or mainly in the medium of English.

For postgraduate studies, the University of Strathclyde requires a minimum overall score of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent (the test to be taken within two years of date of application); TOEFL overall score required is 90-95 in the IBT (internet-based test). Candidates may also be called to interview.

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course held at the University of Strathclyde International Study Centre, for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the academic entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.

Upon successful completion, you will be able to progress to this degree course at the University of Strathclyde.

Fees & funding


All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.


  • £6,500

Rest of UK

  • £6,500


  • £14,650

How can I fund my course?

International students

To recognise academic achievement, the Dean's International Excellence Award offers international students a merit-based scholarship of up to £4,000 towards the first year of tuition fees of a full-time Masters programme in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Strathclyde Prestige Award

To recognise academic excellence, the Strathclyde Prestige Award for Excellence in Applied Gender Studies offers international students a merit-based scholarship of £5,000 for entry onto the full time MSc in Applied Gender Studies.

Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students

Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students may be able to apply for support from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). The support is in the form of a tuition fee loan and for eligible students, a living cost loan. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from England

Students ordinarily resident in England may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance England. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from Wales

Students ordinarily resident in Wales may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance Wales. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from Northern Ireland

Postgraduate students who are ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland may be able to apply for support from Student Finance Northern Ireland. The support is a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

International students

We have a large range of scholarships available to help you fund your studies. Check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Please note

The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.


The MSc Applied Gender Studies is a great route into working in the feminist third sector, or into equality and diversity work across a range of contexts.

We positively encourage part-time study and where students are already working in these areas there may be possibilities to conduct research for their placement and/or dissertation within their workplace.

We're also well-placed to support students going on to PhD study across Humanities and – through the Research Methods route - Social Sciences.

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Applied Gender Studies

Qualification: MSc, Start date: Sep 2020, Mode of delivery: attendance, part-time

Applied Gender Studies

Qualification: MSc, Start date: Sep 2020, Mode of delivery: attendance, full-time

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