SOAS University of London

Centre for Gender Studies

MA Gender Studies and Law

One calendar year (full-time). Two or three years (part-time, daytime only)

Fees 2016/17

UK/EU fees:
Overseas fees:

This is a Band 1 fee. The fees are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. Further details can be found in the Fees and Funding tab on this page or in the Registry Postgraduate Tuition Fees page

2017 Entry requirements

  • Minimum upper second class (II.1) or above honours degree (or equivalent)

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Programme Code: PGTF0038/PGTP0057/PGTP0058

Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

Who is this programme for?:

The MA Gender Studies and Law at SOAS caters for students with a variety of backgrounds and objectives:

  • those coming from Women’s Studies or Gender Studies who wish to engage more deeply with gender theory in relation to regional specialisation and to connect this with legal knowledge, especially, but not exclusively, the societies of Asia, Africa and the Middle East;
  • those coming from Asian, African or Middle Eastern  Studies who wish to incorporate the study of gender and law into their own areas of expertise; and
  • those having previously trained in particular disciplines, such as Anthropology, Comparative Literature, Cultural and Media Studies, History, Politics, Religious Studies, Sociology, Refugee/Diaspora Studies etc.

This programme provides:

  • specialised research training in Gender Studies, in addition to focused study of feminist legal theories and a particular area of law. This pathway is suitable for students considering advanced postgraduate research in Gender Studies with a regional specialisation; 
  • a broad MA programme for students with some background in Women’s Studies, Gender Studies, and Area Studies etc. who wish to enhance their knowledge of gender in relation to cross-cultural legal issues;
  • a special interest MA, which enables students to study gender issues in depth in relation to a particular regional or disciplinary specialisation alongside the acquisition of knowledge of feminist legal approaches and a study of a legal sub-discipline.

The MA Gender Studies and Law at SOAS is a unique programme, its principal aim being to re-focus issues prioritised in western Gender Studies and Legal Theory on the complex specificities of Asia, Africa and the Near and Middle East. Jointly housed by the Centre for Gender Studies and the School of Law, the programme offers the specialised study of gender and law in relation to the cultures of Asia, Africa and the Middle East, together with rigorous training in, and questioning of, contemporary gender theory. In terms of gender theory, it offers a solid foundation with sufficient breadth and depth to facilitate a range of specialist pathways. In terms of specialisation, it draws on the expertise of internationally recognised scholars of Asian, African and Middle Eastern Studies at SOAS.


Phone: 020 7898 4367



Students take courses to the value of four units and complete a dissertation (which is also the assessment for the fourth course Feminist Legal Theory).

All students take the Preliminary course in law, legal reasoning and legal methods. This is a compulsory component which runs as an intensive two-week course in September, prior to the start of term. 

All students take the compulsory core courses Gender Theory and the Study of Asia, Africa and the Middle East and Feminist Legal Theory (Dissertation). Further options include a wide range of gender and gender-related courses from a comprehensive list. Students also choose one Law option from the general MA in Law list (subject to course convenor approval).  

Upon completion of coursework and written examinations in May/June, students will write a 10,000 word dissertation based on material acquired from Feminist Legal Theory.

Core Courses
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Preliminary Law, Legal Reasoning and Legal Methods 15PLAC162 0 Unit Term 1
Gender theory and the study of Asia, Africa and the Middle East 15PGNC002 1 Unit Full Year
Feminist Legal Theory 15PLAC155 1 Unit Full Year
List 1- Optional Course

At least one unit (one or two courses) must be chosen from this list.

ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Childhood, Politics and Law 15PPOH037 0.5 Unit Term 1 Not Running 2016/2017
Gender in the Middle East 15PGNH001 0.5 Unit Term 1
Gender in the Middle East II 15PGNH006 0.5 Unit Term 2 - Gender in the Middle East (15PGNH001) is a pre-requisite for this course.
Gendering migration & diasporas 15PGNH002 0.5 Unit Term 1
Gender and Development 15PDSH010 0.5 Unit Term 1
Queer Politics in Asia, Africa and the Middle East 15PGNH007 0.5 Unit Term 2
Issues in the Anthropology of Gender 15PANH024 0.5 Unit Term 2
Critical Theory and the Study of Religions 15PSRC037 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Migration, Gender and The Law in South East Asia and Beyond 15PLAH023 0.5 Unit Term 2
Gender, Armed Conflict and International Law 15PGNH005 0.5 Unit Term 2
Imagining Pakistan: culture, politics, gender (MA) 15PSAC313 1 Unit Full Year
Historical Perspectives on Gender in Africa 15PHIH029 0.5 Unit Term 1
Gender and Music (MMus) 15PMUH009 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017
Gender and Christianity 15PSRH033 0.5 Unit Term 1 Not Running 2016/2017
Judaism and Gender 15PSRH029 0.5 Unit Term 2
Genders and Sexualities in South East Asian Film 15PSEH011 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017
Architectural Boundaries and the Body 15PARH063 0.5 Unit Term 1 Not Running 2016/2017
The Body and the Making of Colonial Difference in British India 15PHIH033 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017
Gender, Law and Society in The Middle East and North Africa 15PLAH056 0.5 Unit Term 1
Ethnicity, Religion and Gender in Middle Eastern Musical cultures 15PMUH024 0.5 Unit Term 1 Not Running 2016/2017
List 2- Optional Course

Remaining units must be taken from this list.

ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Alternative Dispute Resolution 15PLAC104 1 Unit Full Year
Chinese Constitutionalism 15PLAH043 0.5 Unit Term 2
Colonialism, Empire and International Law 15PLAH025 0.5 Unit Term 2
Foundations of International Law 15PLAH021 0.5 Unit Term 1
Human Rights and Islamic Law 15PLAC150 1 Unit Full Year
Human Rights in The Developing World 15PLAC111 1 Unit Full Year
International Protection of Human Rights 15PLAC119 1 Unit Full Year
Law and Development in Africa 15PLAC160 1 Unit Full Year
Law and International Inequality:Critical Legal Analysis of Political Economy From Colonialism to Globalisation 15PLAC131 1 Unit Full Year
Law and Postcolonial Theory 15PLAH050 0.5 Unit Term 1 Not Running 2016/2017
Law and Society in The Middle East and North Africa 15PLAC130 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Law and Society in South Asia 15PLAC129 1 Unit Full Year
Law, Human Rights and Peace Building: The Israeli-Palestinian Case 15PLAC133 1 Unit Full Year
Law, Institutions and Political Economy of Transition 15PLAC134 Unit - Not Running 2016/17
Modern Chinese Law and Institutions 15PLAC139 1 Unit Full Year
Water and development:conflict and governance 15PDSH049 0.5 Unit Term 2
Water Law: Justice and Governance 15PLAH044 0.5 Unit Term 1
Arabic Women's Writing: Theories and Practices 15PNMC411 1 Unit Full Year

Programme Specification


Teaching and Learning


Students will have access to a wealth of study resources available in the SOAS Library and in nearby institutions such as the British Library, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University College London Library and Senate House Library.

Teaching & Learning

Courses are taught by a combination of methods, principally lectures, tutorial classes, seminars and supervised individual study projects.

Each taught course has its own approved methods of assessment, designed to address the particular learning outcomes of that course. Assessment methods may include essays, weekly reaction papers, unseen, seen or take-home examinations, research projects, individual or group presentations, translations, learning journals, oral examinations etc., as appropriate.

Students are also required to attend regular seminars organised by the Centre for Gender Studies, details of which are included in the handbook and further details of which are advertised on the Centre’s website and notice board.

Fees and funding

Tuition Fees

Full details of postgraduate tuition fees can be found on the Registry's Postgraduate Tuition Fees page.

This is a Band 1 tuition fee.

The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. 

Full-timePart-time 2 YearsPart-time 3 Years
£7,985 £17,215 £3,993 £8,608 £2,662 £5,738
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