Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

This programme is built around the interdisciplinary study of gender and sexuality, bridging the divide between the social sciences and the arts and humanities. The Gender, Sexuality and Culture programme is designed for those with special interests in the humanities, including literature, history, media and film, visual art, philosophy and cultural theory. It addresses the latest debates, using cutting'edge research from this exciting and growing area of study. It considers competing theories and approaches to gender and sexuality, and explores the ways in which these intersect with concepts of race, ethnicity, age and class. This course will develop your ability to discuss diverse theories of gender and sexuality and consider how gender and sexuality are represented, and operate, within relevant humanities or social sciences literatures. You will be given a firm grounding in gender theory and will develop the confidence to apply appropriate theories to your independent research project.

Course Modules

Core module: Theorising gender. Option modules: Africa in the European Imagination; contemporary lesbian fiction: Sexual/textual explorations; culture, community, identity; disciplining sex: sexuality, society and 19th'century literary culture; gender and development; gender and politics: Political institutions; gender and sexuality in contemporary Japanese fiction; law and the body; men and masculinities in contemporary East Asia; psychoanalysis and difference; queer histories/queer cultures.

Course Additional Entry

Good 2nd Class Honours degree. Other relevant qualifications, and appropriate professional training and experience, are also welcome. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub'tests.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £13,750  Academic year. First year overseas fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £6,950  Academic year. First year home fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
MA (Postgraduate) £6,875  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
MA (Postgraduate) £3,975  Academic year. First year home fees