Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Gender, Sexuality and Society

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 programme focuses on political and social issues, including the diverse and changing nature of personal relationships, economics and the workforce, and development and legal studies. It addresses the latest debates, using cutting-edge research from this exciting and growing area of study. The programme 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.

Entry requirements

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.

Course modules

PgCert

You complete a core module and 1 additional option module.
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 Nineteenth-Century Literary Culture;
Gender and Development;
Gender and Politics: Political Institutions;
Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Japanese Fiction;
Law and the Body;
Madness and its Meanings;
Men and Masculinities in Contemporary East Asia;
Psychoanalysis and Difference;
Queer Histories/Queer Cultures;
The Two Irelands 1911-1998 .

MSc

You complete a core module, 3 option modules and a dissertation.

Full-time students generally take 1 option module in Term 1 and 2 option modules in Term 2; part-time students generally take 1 option module in Term 2 of their first year, 1 in Term 1 of their second year and 1 in Term 2 of their second year. However, option modules are available in all 3 terms.

You choose option modules from 2 lists compiled each year: you must take at least 2 option modules from the MSc Gender options list and may take 1 option module from the MA Gender options list.

Workshops and presentations of students' research take place throughout the year.
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 Nineteenth-Century Literary Culture;
Gender and Development;
Gender and Politics: Political Institutions;
Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Japanese Fiction;
Law and the Body;
Madness and its Meanings;
Men and Masculinities in Contemporary East Asia;
Psychoanalysis and Difference;
Queer Histories/Queer Cultures;
The Two Irelands 1911-1998 .

PgDip

You complete a core module and 3 option modules.

Full-time students generally take 1 option module in Term 1 and 2 option modules in Term 2; part-time students generally take 1 option module in Term 2 of their first year, 1 in Term 1 of their second year, and 1 in Term 2 of their second year. However, option modules are available in all 3 terms.

You choose option modules from 2 lists compiled each year: you must take at least 2 option modules from the MSc Gender options list and may take 1 option module from the MA Gender options list.
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 Nineteenth-Century Literary Culture;
Gender and Development;
Gender and Politics: Political Institutions;
Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Japanese Fiction;
Law and the Body;
Madness and its Meanings;
Men and Masculinities in Contemporary East Asia;
Psychoanalysis and Difference;
Queer Histories/Queer Cultures;
The Two Irelands 1911-1998 .

Assessment methods

PgCert

Normally 1 essay per module. Students studying for the postgraduate certificate take 2 of the taught modules offered on the MSc route, but do not complete the research training or dissertation.

MSc

Normally 1 essay per module and a 15,000-word dissertation.

PgDip

Normally 1 essay per module. Students studying for the postgraduate diploma take 4 taught modules offered on the MSc route, but do not complete the research training or dissertation.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,950 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,950 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,950 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 13,750 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,950 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,950 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MSc Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
MSc Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MSc Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 6,875 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
MSc Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MSc Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MSc Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
MSc Full-time October 2017 - 1 years
MSc Part-time October 2017 - 2 years
PgCert Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 2,700 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
PgCert Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 2,700 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
PgCert Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 2,700 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
PgCert Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 4,575 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
PgCert Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 2,700 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
PgCert Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 2,700 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
PgCert Part-time October 2017 - 1 years
PgDip Full-time October 2016 GBP 5,000 per Whole course (Wales) 1 years
PgDip Full-time October 2016 GBP 5,000 per Whole course (England) 1 years
PgDip Full-time October 2016 GBP 5,000 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 1 years
PgDip Full-time October 2016 GBP 5,000 per Whole course (Scotland) 1 years
PgDip Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 2,500 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
PgDip Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 2,500 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
PgDip Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 2,500 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
PgDip Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 2,500 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
PgDip Full-time October 2017 - 1 years
PgDip Part-time October 2017 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bloomsbury Campus Bloomsbury WC1E 7HX South East

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Key information

Contact: 
Department of History, Classics and Archaeology
Telephone number: 
020 7631 6632