Utrecht University

Gender Studies (Research), M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • Tuition Fee
    15575 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
    2006 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
  • English
    Language
Utrecht's University Master of Arts in Gender Studies (Research) combines a thorough grounding in the historiography and contemporary state of Gender Studies as a discipline with intensive training in the critical practice of cultural theories and epistemologies from feminist, postcolonial, critical race, and queer perspectives.

About

The Master of Arts in Gender Studies (Research) is offered by the Utrecht University. As a student, you will approach a myriad of questions related to gender and other social categories through an intersectional approach.

In a highly interdisciplinary setting and with academic staff and fellow students representing a range of fields from anthropology to literary studies, you will be trained to apply these theories to the analysis of representations of gender in artistic practices, literary texts, political discourses and (new) media and technology. The international and intellectually challenging setting of this programme offers you the opportunity to broaden your horizon and to build an academic and professional network.

Epistemology, politics, and ethics

During the courses and seminars, you will approach theories about subjectivity and representation from epistemological, political, and ethical perspectives. How have feminist theorists rethought Freud’s and Lacan’s ideas on (female) subjectivity, for instance? What differences do you see constructed between the East and the West in films, literature, and art works?

You will also investigate the development of feminist theories and the history and current statuses of colonial, post-colonial, and multicultural societies. In addition, you will explore the representation of gender and ethnicity in literature, new media, and new technologies.

Career prospects

Gender researchers usually work at universities or research institutes, and it is likely that your first step after completing the Master’s programme will consist of PhD research. Those who complete a Reserach Master in Gender Studies are qualified to apply for a postgraduate or doctoral research programme in the field of women’s, gender, and postcolonial studies.

Gender experts can also work at governmental organisations, NGO's, national and international women's organisations, and cultural institutions. There, your critical approach to sociocultural processes will help to set up policies with attention to processes of in- and exclusion. You can also use your analytical skills in the field of (research) journalism, such as in the arts and media sector.

Accreditation

Accredited by the NVAO - Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Humanities Today
  • Advanced Introduction To Gender Studies
  • Contemporary Feminist Debates
  • Theory And Critical Research
  • Researching Intersectionally
  • Digital Humanities In Intersectional Research: Power, Discourses And Data Analysis (Compulsory)
  • Religion and Secularism
  • The Body in Feminist Theory and Practice
  • Tutorial Gender, Art and Activism
  • Contemporary Cultural Theory

For more information, please visit the programme website.

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B):

    193

    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:

    93

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

A Bachelor’s diploma from a Dutch university (or international equivalent) and can demonstratethe following knowledge, insight and skills:
  • A clear interest in gender studies and/or postcolonial studies, which is shown by having taken at least 45 EC of components in these fields with above-average results and/or by equivalent work/research experience.
  • Knowledge of the main types of research issues, methods, and basic concepts within the broad field of Gender Studies in the Humanities and/or Social Sciences, with special focus on the intersecting categories of gender, race, class, sexuality and religion.
  • You are able to express yourself in proficient English, both orally and in written text, as evidenced by your motivation letter and/or writing sample, and the interview that is part of the selection procedure.
  • Further accepted proof of your proficiency in English: CPE- Grade C

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    15575 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15575 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    2006 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2006 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.

For more information about tuition fees and exemptions have a look at the programme website.

Living costs for Utrecht

900 - 1,450 EUR/month
Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

Scholarships, fellowships, and grants offered by Utrecht University, the Dutch government, and other organisations can help fund your studies at the university.  You can begin your search for funding by reviewing the list below, which contains some of the scholarships and loans available to international students:

  • Utrecht Excellence Scholarships
  • Holland Scholarships
  • Orange Tulip Scholarships
  • Canadian student loans
  • Fulbright / NAF
  • US Federal Loans
  • Erasmus+ Master loans

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.