- Start date: September
- Study mode and duration: 12 months full-time; 24 months part-time
Placement: Research placement
Study with us
- develop analytical and practical skills to engage critically with contemporary gender issues
- undertake research placements with organisations from the feminist third sector and organisations committed to gender equality in education, arts, culture and spor
- study how gender ‘works’ in relation to other structural inequalities such as race, sexuality, class and disability within society
Why this course?
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-focused 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.
Interested in postgraduate study?
Our friendly and knowledgeable team will be available to provide you with all of the information you need to kick-start your postgraduate journey at the University of Strathclyde.
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- Wednesday 20 January - 3pm to 4:30pm
- Thursday 25 February - 3pm to 4:30pm
What you’ll study
Gender studies is a multidisciplinary 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 classes and three optional classes from a range which is updated annually. The core modules provide 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.
You'll be equipped with a knowledge and understanding of key feminist debates about ontology, epistemology and methodology, which will enable you to identify both commonalities and differences in the ways these debates have been taken up in different disciplinary contexts over time.
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.
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.
On research placements, our students have the opportunity to present their research in a range of practical ways - as presentations, reports, exhibitions, blogs and more. Their research can support the development of new resources, help shape policy, feed into the development of campaign materials, or engage service users in new ways.
Course leader, Applied Gender Studies (MSc)
Glasgow Women’s Library
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
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.
Gender Studies Research Placement
Advanced Reading in Gender Studies
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.
Gender, Health & Modern Medicine
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.
Advanced Oral History
Advanced Oral History allows students to explore advanced oral history theory and practices as a valuable means of understanding the past. In weekly seminars, we'll examine the advantages and limitations of oral history as both a research methodology and an outcome by reading and discussing key texts written by leading oral historians and related practitioners. In addition, students will gain practical experience designing and implementing a mini oral history project directly related to their postgraduate dissertations.
By the end of the semester, students will have submitted their dissertation project proposals for ethics approval and gained preliminary experience in conducting and analysing an interview of relevance to their dissertation topic. Students seeking careers in history, museum studies, human rights advocacy, international law, diplomacy, and journalism will find this course particularly relevant.
Medicine, Health and the Moving Image
This class investigates the moving image since the ‘birth of cinema’ in 1895 as a crucial dimension of medical knowledge production and communication. Taking a global approach, it explores the intersection of medicine, health and the moving image across a range of themes, genres and media. It examines depictions of patients, disease and the human body in documentary and fiction film as well as the varied uses of film, television and video in medical research, training and public engagement.
The class considers key case studies to prepare students for their own research at the nexus of film, medicine and health. Topics of discussion include public health, sex education, childbirth, psychiatry, the NHS, HIV/AIDS and world health. Class discussions of film clips and readings will be supplemented by field trips to the Moving Image Archive at Kelvin Hall and the historic Glasgow Film Theatre.
Fleshy Histories: Meat Eating and Meat Avoidance, 1500 to the Present
This class will engage students with literary and historical materials, and with theoretical work from animal studies. This will inform debates about the place, meaning and function of meat eating and debates about meat avoidance - and the emergence of vegetarianism as a social movement - from the early modern to the modern world.
You'll read a range of primary materials, including literary works and political tracts, and develop skills in textual analysis and critical and theoretical engagement.
Developing research skills has been quite a learning curve. Two of my classes have been really focused on reasearch methods – how to conduct research and how to critique. This has helped with my critical analytics and because I want to go on to do a PhD, this has set me up for independent study.
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.
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.
Applied Gender Studies welcomes applicants with diverse educational and professional experiences. To be admitted to the programme students should normally possess:
First- or second-class Honours degree, or overseas equivalent, in a relevant discipline, usually in the Humanities and Social Sciences.
Applicants with relevant experience (paid or voluntary) in feminist, queer or equalities work will also be considered.
Supporting references: academic references where possible, but for students applying from a professional background, professional references are appropriate.
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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.
|England, Wales & Northern Ireland|
Our Community Bursary is offering a £700 fee reduction for applicants to the MSc Applied Gender Studies degree programme who are working at one of our community partner organisations (Glasgow Women's Library, Rape Crisis Scotland, Engender, Zero Tolerance and SAY Women).
Please note: the fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.
How can I fund my course?
Scottish postgraduate students
Scottish 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.
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.
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.
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.
We've a large range of scholarships available to help you fund your studies. Check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.
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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
Start Date: Sep 2021
Mode of Attendance: part-time
Applied Gender Studies
Start Date: Sep 2021
Mode of Attendance: full-time
Applied Gender Studies (Research Methods)
Start Date: Sep 2021
Mode of Attendance: full-time
Applied Gender Studies (Research Methods)
Start Date: Sep 2021
Mode of Attendance: part-time
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