SOAS University of London

Centre for Gender Studies

MA Gender Studies

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

Fees 2016/17

UK/EU fees:
£7,985
Overseas fees:
£17,215

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

2016 Entry requirements

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

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Overview

Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

SOAS MA in Gender Studies is unique in that it refocuses issues of Western Gender Studies on the complex specificities of Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Drawing on the expertise of staff across all SOAS faculties, it offers the specialised study of gender in relation to Asian, African and Middle Eastern cultures, together with rigorous training in and questioning of contemporary gender theory.

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

The MA in Gender Studies will be administered by the Faculty of Law and Social Sciences. Like the MA Area Studies programmes, it will not have a specific departmental home, reflecting its academic structure as an interdisciplinary degree.

The SOAS MA in Gender Studies will appeal to 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, 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 into their own areas of expertise; and 
  • those having previously trained in particular disciplines, such as Anthropology, Cultural and Media Studies, Religious Studies, Comparative Literature, History, Politics, etc.

By selection of courses to suit the academic needs of each student, this programme can provide:

  • Specialised research training MA in Gender Studies, perhaps including a relevant language. This pathway is suitable for students contemplating advanced postgraduate research in Gender Studies with regard to 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 issues, with or without language study. 
  • A special interest MA, which enables students to study in depth gender issues in relation to a particular regional or disciplinary specialisation.

Prospective students should contact the MA Admissions Tutor, Dr Alyosxa Tudor (at53@soas.ac.uk), at an early stage of their application in order to seek advice on the most appropriate options for study.

Email: at53@soas.ac.uk

Phone: +44 (0)20 7898 4245

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Structure

The programme is structured in the same way as most SOAS MA degrees: students take three taught units and complete a dissertation.

All students take the compulsory course Gender Theory and the Study of Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Further options include a wide range of gender and gender-related courses from a comprehensive list offered by the Faculties of Languages and Cultures and Arts and Humanities. Students will write a 10,000 word dissertation based on either the compulsory course or one of the component courses.

Core Course
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Gender theory and the study of Asia, Africa and the Middle East 15PGNC002 1 Unit Full Year
Dissertation in gender studies 15PGNC999 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.
Queer Politics in Asia, Africa and the Middle East 15PGNH007 0.5 Unit Term 2
Gendering migration & diasporas 15PGNH002 0.5 Unit Term 1
Gender and development 15PDSH010 0.5 Unit Term 1
Issues in the Anthropology of Gender 15PANH024 0.5 Unit Term 2
Feminist Legal Theory 15PLAC155 1 Unit Full Year
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
Arabic Women's Writing: Theories and Practices 15PNMC411 1 Unit Full Year
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
Ethnicity, Religion and Gender in Middle Eastern Musical cultures 15PMUH024 0.5 Unit Term 1 Not Running 2016/2017
Gender, Law and Society in The Middle East and North Africa 15PLAH056 0.5 Unit Term 1
UCL Optional Course

The course unit offered this year at UCL is Gender Policy and Planning (Development and Planning Unit, terms 1&2, 0.5units).

List 2- Optional Course

Remaining units must be taken from this list.

ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Civil society, social movements and the development process 15PDSH001 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017
Comparative politics of the Middle East 15PPOC026 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
African and Asian Diasporas in the Contemporary World 15PANC012 1 Unit Full Year
Law and Society in The Middle East and North Africa 15PLAC130 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
African and Asian Diasporas in the Modern World 15PANH010 0.5 Unit Term 1
African and Asian Cultures in Britain 15PANH009 0.5 Unit Term 2
Critical Perspectives on Palestine Studies I: History and Politics 15PNMH006 0.5 Unit Term 1
Critical Perspectives on Palestine Studies II: Culture and Society 15PNMH007 0.5 Unit Term 2
Culture and Society of China 15PANH062 0.5 Unit Term 2
Culture and Society of East Africa 15PANH063 0.5 Unit Term 1
Culture and Society of JAPAN 15PANH065 0.5 Unit Term 1
Culture and Society of Near and Middle East 15PANH067 0.5 Unit Term 2
Culture and Society of South Asia 15PANH064 0.5 Unit Term 1
Culture and Society of South East Asia 15PANH066 0.5 Unit Term 2
Culture and Society of West Africa 15PANH068 0.5 Unit Term 1
Indonesia on Screen(PG) 15PSEH015 0.5 Unit Term 1
Law and Society in South Asia (Ma/Llm) 15PLAC129 1 Unit Full Year
Law, Human Rights and Peace Building: The Israeli-Palestinian Case 15PLAC133 1 Unit Full Year
Modern Trends in Islam 15PNMC228 1 Unit Full Year
Travelling Africa: Writing the Cape to Cairo 15PAFC139 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Cinema, Nation and the Transcultural 15PJKC023 1 Unit Full Year
Indian Cinema: Key Issues 15PSAH002 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017
Theory and techniques of Comparative Literature 15PCSC002 1 Unit Full Year
Social and Political Dimensions of Modern Arabic Literature 15PNMC347 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Literatures of South Asia 15PSAC284 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Vietnam on Screen (PG) 15PSEH014 0.5 Unit Term 1 Not Running 2016/2017
Violence, justice and the politics of memory 15PPOH019 0.5 Unit Term 1
Language Optional Course

One language acquisition course may be taken. Please see Faculty of Languages and Cultures for options.

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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. 

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