SOAS University of London

Centre for Gender Studies

MA Gender Studies (2018 entry)

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

Fees 2018/19

UK/EU fees:
£11,545
Overseas fees:
£19,730

Fees for 2018/19 entrants. This is a Band 3 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

2018 Entry requirements

  • Minimum upper second class (2.1) 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 Awino Okech (ao21@soas.ac.uk), at an early stage of their application in order to seek advice on the most appropriate options for study.

Please see link to pathway available under MA Gender Studies: MA Gender Studies (Middle East Pathway)

Email: ao21@soas.ac.uk

Phone: +44 (0)20 7898 4245

Convenors

Q&A

Introducing MA Gender Studies
Awino Okech

Dr Awino Okech, Lecturer in Gender Studies, outlines the MA in Gender Studies at SOAS.

What does the course involve?

The MA is Gender Studies in an inter-disciplinary programme that combines lectures and seminars, as well as providing access to a wide range of scholars and social justice movement actors that come through the Centre’s doors over the course of any academic year. Students on this programme, and its Middle East pathway, will have an opportunity to engage in critical debate and reflections on historical and contemporary issues pertaining to gender in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

What kind of students will the course appeal to?

The programme appeals to a variety of students from different disciplinary and professional backgrounds with the central draw being the interest in engaging deeply with gender theory in relation to regional specialisation, especially, but not exclusively, the societies of Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

What facilities are available?

SOAS offers strong interdisciplinary support, including a library that houses a major collection of books and journals on world media and extensive audio-visual materials, study skills support for students coming from a different academic environment or after a long break from academic work, as well as psycho-social support for students. SOAS is also well known for its vibrant and politically active student community, which is a key resource in the building of critical thought.

What is special about the programme at SOAS? 

The SOAS MA in Gender Studies is unique in that it refocuses Gender Studies on the complex regions 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.

Can you recommend a good book to read on MA Gender Studies?

Chandra Talpade Mohanty: Feminism Without Borders: Decolonizing Theory, Practicing Solidarity (Duke University Press).

What do students do after graduating?

Since our programme attracts students from a variety of backgrounds, many professionals working in the development sector (NGOs, bilateral agencies, government departments) go back to these jobs with a better understanding of how they can influence their government’s policies in ways that are useful to “developing” countries. They also go back to these jobs with a better understanding of how to approach gender programmes. A number of our students have gone on to pursue a PhD because of the Masters programme. While those at the beginning of their careers have gone on to find work in organisations and companies where their gender training will be put to good use, whether that is in human rights work or journalism.


 

Structure

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

The programme consists of five units in total: four units of taught courses and a 10,000 word dissertation.

All students take the compulsory course Gender Theory and the Study of Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, in addition to Dissertation Methods in Gender Studies. 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.

Dissertation

Module Code Credits Term Availability
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 Availability
Gender theory and the study of Asia, Africa and the Middle East 15PGNC002 30 Full Year
Dissertation Methods for Gender Studies 15PGNH008 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 45 credits from List 2 below

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 Availability
Arabic Women's Writing: Theories and Practices 15PNMC411 30 Full Year
Gender, Armed Conflict and International Law 15PGNH005 15 Term 1
Gendering Migration & Diasporas 15PGNH002 15 Term 1
Gender in the Middle East 15PGNH001 15 Term 1
Gender and Development 15PDSH010 15 Term 1
Gender and Music (MMus) 15PMUH009 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Historical Perspectives on Gender in Africa 15PHIH029 15 Term 1
Issues in the Anthropology of Gender 15PANH024 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 2
Judaism and Gender 15PSRH029 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Gender, Sexuality and Law: Theories and Methodologies 15PLAH062 15 Term 1
Gender, Sexuality and Law: Selected Topics 15PLAH061 15 Term 2
UCL Optional Module

Gender in Policy & Planning (30 Credits)

List 2

Please Note:  30 credits may come from a language module open option.

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Civil society, social movements and the development process 15PDSH001 15 Term 1
Comparative politics of the Middle East 15PPOC026 30 Full Year
African and Asian Diasporas in the Contemporary World 15PANC012 30 Full Year
African and Asian Diasporas in the Modern World 15PANH010 15 Term 1
African and Asian Cultures in Britain 15PANH009 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
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
Culture and Society of China 15PANH062 15 Term 1
Culture and Society of East Africa 15PANH063 15 Term 2
Culture and Society of Japan 15PANH065 15 Term 1
Culture and Society of Near and Middle East 15PANH067 15 Term 2
Gender and Sexuality in the Middle East 15PGNH012 15 Term 2 - Gender in the Middle East (15PGNH001) is a pre-requisite for this course.
Culture and Society of South Asia 15PANH064 15 Term 1
Culture and Society of South East Asia 15PANH066 15 Term 2
Culture and Society of West Africa 15PANH068 15 Term 2
Law and Society in The Middle East and North Africa 15PLAC130 30 Full Year
Law, Human Rights and Peace Building: The Israeli-Palestinian Case 15PLAC133 30 Full Year
Modern Trends in Islam 15PNMC228 30 Full Year
Travelling Africa: Writing the Cape to Cairo 15PAFC139 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
Cinema, Nation and Transcultural Asia 15PJKC023 30 Full Year
Indian Cinema: Key Issues 15PSAH002 15 Term 2
Theory and techniques of Comparative Literature 15PCSC002 30 Full Year
Social and Political Dimensions of Modern Arabic Literature 15PNMC347 30 Full Year
Literatures of South Asia 15PSAC284 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
Violence, justice and the politics of memory 15PPOH019 15 Term 1

 

This is the structure for applicants

If you are a current student you can find structure information on Moodle or through your Department.

Programme Specification

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. Please read the important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules.

Teaching and Learning

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 3 tuition fee.

Fees for 2018/19 entrants. The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. 

Full-time Part-time 2 Years Part-time 3 Years
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
£11,545 £19,730 £5,773 £9,865 £3,848 £6,577
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