Description of 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.

Career possibilities

This degree programme equips students with transferable and subject-specific skills in this field, and students have gone on to further study, or to careers in teaching, policy forums, NGOs, campaigning and activism, and local, national and international agencies.

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  2016
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Intensity Flexible
Duration part-time 24 months

Course Content

Compulsory modules

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.

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.

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

You will choose a number of optional modules from the following list.

  • Contemporary Issues in Religion and Gender
  • Contested Bodies
  • Feminism and Culture: Theoretical Perspectives
  • Fictions of Citizenship in Contemporary American Literature
  • Gender and Equality at Work in Comparative Perspective
  • Gender and Sexuality in World Cinema
  • 'Race', Identity and Culture in the Black Atlantic
  • Race and Second Wave Feminism in the US
  • Researching Care in Comparative Perspective
  • Sin, Public Discourse and Public Life
  • Women, Gender and Sexuality: Archives and Approaches.

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

CAE score
180(Grade C)
TOEFL iBT® test (read more)

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.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

Requirements for Gender, Sexuality and the Body

If you wish to apply for our postgraduate taught programmes, you should normally hold (or expect to obtain) a good honours degree (upper second class or first class) or its equivalent in Sociology, Social Policy or a related discipline.

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.

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 of Leeds Language Centre can provide more details on your English requirements.

The Language Centre also provides the Academic English for Postgraduate Studies pre-sessional course which is designed to help international students develop the necessary language and academic study skills required for successful study on a taught postgraduate degree programme.

Pre-sessional courses start in September, January, April, July or August.

Work Experience for Gender, Sexuality and the Body

No work experience is required.

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