Gender Studies - Master's Programme in the Humanities

Academic year 2022/2023

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Our world is deeply impacted by power relations, expectations and norms linked to e.g. gender, sexuality, race, class and age. The Master's Programme in the Humanities with a specialisation in Gender Studies gives you knowledge of and tools to analyse how gender and other power asymmetries are socially and culturally constructed, experienced and understood locally and globally. The programme has a strong research connection and brings together perspectives from various disciplines to explore topics within Gender Studies.

Why this programme?

In the Master's Programme in the Humanities with a specialisation in Gender Studies you learn to analyse constructions of gender, sexuality, race, class, age, etcetera, as well as how power operates in people's lives and in the world around us. This knowledge is relevant in all areas of society since gender and other intersecting power asymmetries affect all human beings and all societies around the world.

You will be offered a broad and interdisciplinary education but with the possibility to specialise in a specific area and design your studies according to your interests. The programme includes both mandatory and elective courses. The courses are grounded in the humanities and social science traditions, but perspectives from other domains, such as the natural sciences, are also included. Furthermore, the design of the programme means there is a possibility of studying together with students from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds.

The courses you will take as part of the programme are closely linked to the research conducted at the Centre for Gender Research at Uppsala university. There is a potential opportunity for students to work with existing research groups and benefit from the strong research environments and networks offered by the Centre. The programme also offers the opportunity to meet and discuss methods and methodologies with researchers from the Centre

This programme offers:

  • Tools to analyse constructions of gender, sexuality, race, class, age, etc.
  • Intersectional perspectives on power and gender.
  • A broad and interdisciplinary degree.
  • The possibility to specialise in a specific area.
  • The opportunity to benefit from the unique research environment at the Centre for Gender Research..


The programme leads to a Master of Arts (120 credits) with Gender Studies as the main field of study. It is also possible to graduate after one academic year with a Master of Arts (60 credits).

All specialisations of this programme


The programme is offered in two forms: a 120-credit (two-year) format and a 60-credit (one-year) format. For the 120-credit degree students study full-time for the two years, with different courses constituting 75 credits complemented with a 45-credit thesis. For the 60-credit degree, students read courses amounting to 30 credits complemented with a 30-credit thesis.

Courses are usually 7.5 credits each and are delivered in one of the four periods that the academic year is divided into. Two of these periods are offered in the autumn semester and two in the spring. You will usually read two 7.5 credit courses per period. There are core courses which are mandatory but in addition to these there is the opportunity to choose courses according to your interests.

You will be guided through research methods as well as academic writing and oral presentation. Through the courses Interdisciplinary Methods and the Writing Process 1-3 and Thesis 1-4, which run throughout the programme, students from both year 1 and 2 work together. In this setting, students read each other's work and present their theses at different stages. They also get the opportunity to meet and discuss methods and methodologies with researchers from the Centre for Gender Research. As such, these courses operate both as courses on methods and as group supervision. The thesis course also includes a substantial amount of individual supervision.

Courses within the programme

Recommended path for the two-year programme (120 credits):
Semester 1 (Autumn)
Gender Theory, 7.5 credits
Gender, Science and Nature, 7.5 credits
Intersectionality and Power, 7.5 credits
Interdisciplinary Methods and the Writing Process 1, 2.5 credits
Thesis 1, 5 credits

Semester 2 (Spring)
Choose three of the following:

  • Feminist Cultural Studies, 7.5 credits
  • Humans, Animals and Environments, 7.5 credits
  • Globalisation, Race and Privileges, 7.5 credits
  • Family, Kinship and Reproduction, 7.5 credits
  • Elective course (at another department or institution), 7.5 credits
Interdisciplinary Methods and the Writing Process 2, 2.5 credits
Thesis 2, 5 credits

Semester 3 (Autumn)
Elective course (at another department or institution), 7.5 credits
Elective course (at another department or institution), 7.5 credits
Elective course (at another department or institution), 7.5 credits
Interdisciplinary Methods and the Writing Process 3, 2.5 credits
Thesis 3, 5 credits

Semester 4 (Spring)
Thesis 4, 30 credits

For the one-year programme (60 credits):
You will take three courses from the Gender Studies courses outlined above along with an elective course (7.5 credits), and complete a thesis (30 credits).

Learning experience

The teaching in the programme is usually delivered through seminars in combination with individual and group supervision. Seminars are compulsory and a course would usually have one seminar per week. In a seminar, you present your ideas and discuss with your classmates regarding a course book or other study material that you are required to read before the seminar. The teacher usually only moderates the discussion. The aim is to develop critical thinking and collaborative skills. All the students are expected to be active participants in all forms of discussions.

The mandatory courses are given in English. The thesis can be written in either English, Swedish or another Scandinavian language (to be agreed upon with the supervisor and the Director of Studies). Optional courses are given in English or Swedish.

In the second year of the programme (semester 3), there is the possibility of doing a practical placement or internship equivalent to a maximum of 15 credits. The student is responsible for finding a placement. Previous students have also done MFS (Minor Field Studies) in other countries and gathered the empirical material for their theses during this time.

In addition to the courses and internships available through Uppsala University, students can take their elective courses at other institutions in Sweden and abroad.


The Master's Programme in the Humanities with a specialisation in Gender Studies is interdisciplinary and gives you the opportunity to design your education in line with your interests and career aspirations. As such, the programme opens up for a number of different career paths. Surveys with alumni with a degree in Gender Studies show that the vast majority found their studies immensely valuable in their professional lives. Previous graduates work with gender and diversity issues in many different parts of the job market, both in the public and private sectors. Some have also moved on to PhD programmes in Gender Studies or other disciplines.

Career support
During your time as a student, UU Careers offers support and guidance. You have the opportunity to take part in a variety of activities and events that will prepare you for your future career. Learn more about UU Careers.


Below you will find the details about eligibility requirements, selection criteria, and tuition fees. For information on how to apply and what documents you need to submit, check the application guide. For this programme, besides the general supporting documents, you also need to submit one programme-specific document: a statement of purpose.

Gender Studies

120 credits

Autumn 2022, 100%, Campus

Location: Uppsala

Application deadline: 17 January 2022

Application code: UU-M5111 Application

Language of instruction: English

Academic requirements
A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university. The main field of study must be within the humanities or social sciences.
Also required is 60 credits in gender studies or feminist studies.

Language requirements
Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6. This requirement can be met either by achieving the required score on an internationally recognised test, or by previous upper secondary or university studies in some countries. Detailed instructions on how to provide evidence of your English proficiency are available at

Selection: Students are selected based on:

  • an overall appraisal of previous university studies; and
  • a statement of purpose (1 page).
Tuition fee-paying students and non-paying students are admitted on the same grounds but in different selection groups.


If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees. Fees cover application and tuition only and do not cover accommodation, academic literature or the general cost of living. Read more about fees.

Application fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 50,000

Tuition fee, total: SEK 200,000

Contact and further resources


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+46 18 471 70 33

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+46 18 471 83 87

Egyptology: Andreas Dorn

+46 18 471 28 97

Aesthetics: Nicholas Wiltsher

+46 471 73 53

Gender Studies: Jenny Björklund

+46 18 471 57 96

Musicology: Mattias Lundberg

+46 18 471 15 84

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Last modified: 2022-05-13