SOAS University of London

Centre for Gender Studies

MA Gender Studies (Middle East Pathway) (2022 entry)

Select year of entry: 2022 2021

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Overview

Overview and entry requirements

The MA Gender Studies (Middle East Pathway) programme is our newest pathway degree yet, and is introduced at a time when SOAS is celebrating its 100 years anniversary. The main goal of this programme is to re-focus discussions related to gender and sexuality to the unique and rich region of the Middle East. This pathway coincides with the increased relevance of the Middle East to the disciplines of development and International Relations, in addition to its omnipresence in mainstream news and media.

The pathway caters for students who would like to obtain a critical lens to the current issues and debates within the study of gender in the Middle East, and will appeal to both students who are interested in the relevant academic discussions and those who are interested in political and activist dimensions.

See Centre for Gender Studies

Why study MA Gender Sudies at SOAS?

By selection of courses to suit the academic needs of each student, the MA in Gender Studies 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 programme for students with some background in Women's Studies, Gender Studies, and Area Studies, who wish to enhance their knowledge of gender in relation to cross-cultural issues
  • A special interest MA, which enables students to study in depth gender issues in relation to a particular regional or disciplinary specialisation.

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

Start of programme: September

Mode of Attendance: Full-time or Part-time

Email: sk151@soas.ac.uk

Entry requirements

  • We will consider all applications with a 2:2 (or international equivalent) or higher in social science of humanities subject. In addition to degree classification we take into account other elements of the application such as supporting statement. References are optional, but can help build a stronger application if you fall below the 2:2 requirement or have non-traditional qualifications.

    Please see our 'postgraduate entry requirements' page for Overseas and EU qualifications and equivalencies.

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

Fees 2022/23

Home students fees:
£11,980
Overseas students fees:
£23,400

Fees for 2022/23 entrants. 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 on the Postgraduate tuition fees page

Convenors

Q&A

Introducing MA in Gender Studies Middle East pathway

Course convenor Sabina Allouche discusses how she first became interested in Gender Studies and what students can expect who join the MA in Gender Studies with special reference to the Middle East programme.

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Q&A with Sabina Allouche, convenor of the MA in Gender Studies with reference to the Middle East

Structure

Structure

This pathway degree is inter-disciplinary and combines a number of methodologies which include anthropological, legal, and economical approaches. Students are expected to submit weekly reaction papers, hold presentations in class and complete a 12,000 words dissertation. Students are strongly encouraged to engage with the centre by initiating activities and sharing their thoughts with fellow students and staff alike.

The MA Gender Studies (Middle East Pathway) consists of one calendar year (full-time), or two or three years (part-time, daytime only).

Students must take 180 credits comprised of 120 taught credits (including core and option modules) and a 60 credit dissertation.

Dissertation

Module Code Credits Term
Dissertation in gender studies 15PGNC999 60 Full Year

Taught Component

Core Modules

Please Note: Gender theory and the study of Asia, Africa and the Middle East (15PGNC002) needs to be completed successfully for the achievement of an exit award.

All students will take the following two core modules:

Module Code Credits Term
Gender theory and the study of Asia, Africa and the Middle East 15PGNC002 30 Full Year
Dissertation Methods for Gender Studies 15PGNH008 15 Term 2
Compulsory Modules

All students will take the following two compulsory modules

Module Code Credits Term
Gender, Protest, and Revolution in the Middle East 15PGNH001 15 Term 1
Guided Options

All students will take the modules to the value of 30 credits from List 1 below

AND

All students will take the modules to the value of 15 credits from List 2 below

Students may select 30 credits from SOAS online-learning modules. This is subject to approval from the programme convenor

List of modules (subject to availability)

List 1

Please Note:  15PANH024  Issues in the Anthropology of Gender cannot be combined with 15PDSH010 Gender & Development

Module Code Credits Term
Gender and the Law of War 15PGNH005 15 Term 1
Queering Migrations and Diasporas 15PGNH002 15 Term 2
Gender and Development 15PDSH010 15 Term 1
Gender and the Law of Peace 15PGNH013 15 Term 2
Historical Perspectives on Gender in Asia, Africa and the Middle East 15PHIH029 15 Term 2
Queer Politics in Asia, Africa and the Middle East 15PGNH007 15 Term 2
Genders and Sexualities in South East Asian Film 15PSEH011 15 Term 1
Gender, Sexuality and the Law: Selected Topics
UCL Optional Module

Gender in Policy & Planning (15 Credits)

Module Code Credits Term
Civil society, social movements and the development process 15PDSH001 15 Term 2
750B Ethnographic Locations: East Asia 15PANH062 15
750A Ethnographic Locations: Sub-Saharan Africa 15PANH063 15 Term 2
750C Ethnographic Locations: Near and Middle East 15PANH067 15
Critical Perspectives on Palestine Studies I: History and Politics 15PNMH006 15 Term 1
Critical Perspectives on Palestine Studies II: Culture and Society 15PNMH007 15 Term 2
Violence, Justice and the Politics of Memory 15PPOH019 15 Term 1

 

Programme Specification

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. If you are a current student you can find structure information on the previous year link at the top of the page or through your Department. Please read the important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules.

Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

The MA Gender Studies (Middle East Pathway) consists of one calendar year (full-time), or two or three years (part-time, daytime only).

Students must take 180 credits comprised of 120 taught credits (including core and option modules) and a 60 credit dissertation.

Learning resources

SOAS Library is one of the world's most important academic libraries for the study of Africa, Asia and the Middle East, attracting scholars from all over the world. The Library houses over 1.2 million volumes, together with significant archival holdings, special collections and a growing network of electronic resources.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Fees for 2022/23 entrants, per academic year (Band 1 tuition fee) 

Full-time Part-time 2 Years Part-time 3 Years
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Overseas
Students
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£11,980 £23,400 £5,990 £11,700 £3,955 £7,725

Fees go up each year, therefore, your tuition fee in your second and subsequent years of study will be higher.

Our continuing students, on the same degree programme, are protected from annual increases higher than 5%.

For full details of postgraduate tuition fees see our postgraduate tuition fees page.

Scholarships
Felix Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2022-01-28 15:00

International Postgraduate Scholarship – East Asia

Application Deadline: 2022-05-31 00:00

International Postgraduate Scholarship – Europe

Application Deadline: 2022-05-31 00:00

International Postgraduate Scholarship – India

Application Deadline: 2022-05-31 00:00

International Postgraduate Scholarship – Pakistan

Application Deadline: 2022-05-31 00:00

International Postgraduate Scholarship – The Americas

Application Deadline: 2022-05-31 00:00

Tibawi Trust Award

Application Deadline: 2022-05-02 00:00

For further details and information on external scholarships visit the Scholarships section

Employment

Employment

Graduates leave SOAS with an enhanced knowledge of gender and equality across cultures, as well as a wide range of transferable skills. Gender Studies is highly regarded by employers across many sectors, as increasingly, policy makers, businesses and governing structures understand the need to engage with gender and sexuality.

Recent Gender Studies graduates have been hired by:

  • ActionAid
  • Amnesty International
  • Association for Women’s Rights in Development
  • Commission for Gender Equality
  • Euromet Feminist Initiative
  • International Organization for Migration
  • International Rescue Committee
  • Raising Films
  • The Children’s Society
  • The Guardian

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A Student's Perspective

The MA in Gender Studies at SOAS has introduced me to a wide horizon of disciplines within Gender Studies. Through this particular MA program I have had the privilege of learning not only from my peers, who come from diverse backgrounds and perspectives, but also from teachers and scholars who specialise in the study of gender within various disciplines.

Naureen Ali

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