M.A. Gender, Sexuality and the Body

  • On Campus
  • 12 months
  • GBP14000 Year (International)
  • English (IELTS accepted)
Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law | University of Leeds | Leeds, United Kingdom
The course examines the relationship between genders and sexualities, and explores the histories of sexualities, their medicalisations and political struggles. You will investigate whether queer theory can sufficiently account for power differentials between men and women in their sexual relationships.

Description of Gender, Sexuality and the Body


MA Gender, Sexuality and the Body* examines the relationship between gender, sexuality and the body.

It focuses on historical and contemporary theoretical debates and substantive issues that are central to the ways in which these interconnections are understood, experienced and practiced. The programme considers the ways in which modern gendered, sexual and embodied understandings and practices are informed by the past, and looks at contemporary struggles around gender, sexuality and the body.

*Formerly MA Gender, Sexuality and Queer Theory

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline There are no deadlines for making an application for a place, although it is advisable to apply before the end of July.
Tuition fee
  • GBP 14000 Year (International)
  • GBP 5750 Year (Non-EEA)
  • GBP 5750 Year (EEA)

UK or EU Students

Full-time: £5,750
Part-time: £2,875

International Students

Full-time: £14,000
Part-time: £7,000

Start date September  2015
Duration full-time 12 months
  • English
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Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Intensity Flexible

Course Content

MA Gender Studies is available on a 12-month full-time or 24-month part-time basis. The programme has five modules: four compulsory, one elective.

Compulsory modules

Researching Gender provides you with the opportunity to focus on researching gender with a particular emphasis on feminist research practices. In exploring a range of disciplinary perspectives, you will focus on epistemological, methodological and ethical considerations. In particular, the course looks at these considerations with relation to research design and methods.

The module also encourages you to think beyond disciplinary boundaries and develop an understanding of the possibilities of interdisciplinary research. You will critically analyse research practice from a gender and feminist perspective, review and appraise research findings, and synthesise information and knowledge from a range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary sources and perspectives.

Theorising Gender engages with contemporary theoretical approaches within gender studies. Exploring the social and individual processes involved in the enactment of gender relations, the module investigates alternative, complementary and conflicting explanations for the source and operation of gender.

Investigating the historical, social and individual significance of gender, you will examine various areas of social life where gender shapes interactions and forms meaning: in particular, you will consider family roles, reproductive technologies, citizenship, sexuality, culture and personal biography.

Que(e)ring Sexualities examines gender and sexuality as effects of historically specific socio-cultural and geo-political power relations. You will investigate the key theoretical concepts in the study of gender, sexuality and queer theory, and use interdisciplinary approaches to challenge normalisations, hierarchies and relations of domination.

You will also explore the powerful processes and languages that fix gender and sexuality as 'natural', and examines how these powerful ideas come to affect the lives intimacies and politics of queer subjects.

Dissertation allows you to tailor your own programme of training and research in consultation with a member of staff drawn from the centre's MA/PhD supervisory panel.

Through the dissertation, you demonstrate your ability to develop and complete an in-depth analysis, select and use appropriate research methods, deploy advanced theoretical concepts and relate a focused study to broader debates and concerns.

Optional modules

In addition to the compulsory modules, you also choose a module from the following list.

  • Post-colonial Representations
  • Contested Bodies
  • Issues in Contemporary Musicology
  • 'Race', Identity and Culture in the Black Atlantic
  • Identity, Ethnicity and 'Race' in the Luso-Hispano World
  • The Regulation of Sexuality in Spain and Latin America
  • Contemporary Issues in Religion and Gender

Full-time students may take either three modules in Semester 1 and one in Semester 2, as well as the dissertation, or two modules in Semester 1 and two in Semester 2, as well as the dissertation.

Part-time students have some flexibility as to when they take their modules, but we do advise candidates to consider the credit load between semesters. One pattern may be to take three modules in the first year, with two in Semester 1 and one in Semester 2. This leaves one module and the dissertation for the second year.

English Language Requirements

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180(Grade C)
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IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

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Requirements for Gender, Sexuality and the Body

If you wish to apply for these programmes, you should normally hold a good honours degree (upper second class or first class) or an equivalent professional qualification. Relevant experience will be taken into account where appropriate.

Candidates who have narrowly missed securing an upper second result may be considered on their merits.

Postgraduate diploma routes are available for candidates that do not wish to take the full MA programme. It is also possible to consider candidates for the Diploma who are not appropriately qualified for immediate MA study. Such candidates may be considered for subsequent transfer to an MA programme, depending on performance.

Language Requirements

Successful completion of a postgraduate degree demands facility in English. It is a requirement that essays and dissertations be well-written.

Prospective and intending students whose first language is not English will need to ensure that their linguistic proficiency is adequate. They may need to undertake some language training in the University or elsewhere.

Minimum requirements
  • Internet Based TOEFL: 92 with not less than 23 in speaking, 21 in reading, 22 in writing and 21 in listening
  • A minimum IELTS (academic) score of 6.5 with at least 6.0 in all components

The School keeps its requirements under review and may request a higher level of proficiency. The University's Language Centre offers courses in English and can provide more details on your English requirements.

Important information about language tests

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... test score must be less than two years old when the University of Leeds issues a Certificate of Approved Study (CAS) to an international student that has been offered a place on a postgraduate taught programme.

An international student requires a CAS in order to obtain a British student visa.

What this means for you

When you apply to one of our postgraduate courses, you must ensure that your English Language Test score will be less than two years old when we make a decision on your application.

Work Experience for Gender, Sexuality and the Body

No work experience is required.

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