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Gender, Culture and Society


The interdisciplinary programme of Gender, Culture and Society will enable you to understand how gender identities were constructed in historical, social and cultural contexts, and introduce you to a range of research skills and methodologies at postgraduate level.

Closing date: For entry Sept 2014, apply before 18th July 2014, if you need a visa to study in the UK

Why study Gender, Culture and Society at Dundee?

We offer students modules in specialist gender/women's studies, in theoretical approaches to the humanities and in research skills. This programme will provide you with an integrated introduction to comparative and interdisciplinary studies, and enable you to acquire a range of interdisciplinary intellectual and thinking skills.

Our teaching team is drawn from departments across the University, including History, English, Film, Philosophy, Fine Art and Archives.

This is one of over ten degree pathways offered in the Masters Programme in Humanities with Specialisation. Students on the Programme take some common modules, and are able to draw upon the research culture of the School of Humanities.

What's so good about Gender, Culture and Society at Dundee?

The School of Humanities at Dundee is a centre of research excellence. Postgraduate students join a vigorous research culture led by world-leading scholars.

The various disciplines within Humanities offer regular postgraduate forums, visiting speakers and postgraduate conferences.

"I would highly recommend this course to anyone who wishes to learn more about the, often silenced and invisible, lives of women in our society. The multi-disciplinary approach (with contributions from lecturers with expertise in history, philosophy, literature and fine art) means that you begin to build up a rounded picture not just of women's lives in the past but how they were viewed, described and understood. The course challenges students to "read against the grain" and critically analyse the hegemonic discourse that has both seen women as 'other' and overlooked their lives."
Nel, class of 2009-10

Unique Learning Resources

The University together with the City of Dundee provides students with a wide range of gender related resources. The University library carries a wealth of material ranging from books on gender identity and women's history, through works by women writers, to medical records. The University Archive, Records Management and Museum Services works closely with academic departments. A wide variety of collections are held, containing a wealth of material with potential for research into many aspects of women's experience: work, education, art [film], medicine, religion and charity.

Dundee City library has numerous records from the city as well as newspapers, and the City Archives are also a useful source for this course. Dundee has the only Repertory Theatre Company in Scotland. The Dundee Rep Theatre archive is held by the University of Dundee.

Who should study this course?

As well as being a research preparation degree for students who intend to proceed to a PhD, this course also caters directly for students who wish to take their first degree to a higher level of advanced study, for either career development or merely general interest.

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Teaching & Assessment

This course is taught by staff from different subjects and Schools across the University, representing the interdisciplinary nature of the programme:

Every member of the team is committed to teaching gender studies and researching in that field. In addition, we occasionally draw upon staff from other subject areas should teaching and dissertation supervision require this.

The start date is September each year, and lasts for 12 months on a fulltime basis.

How you will be taught

All the core teaching is conducted 5.30-7.30pm to allow attendance by part-time and full-time students alike. Other classes are scheduled for the mutual convenience of staff and students.

A variety of teaching methods will be used, including: small group teaching, supervised study, seminars, presentations, invited speakers and discussion groups, lectures, workshops, practical classes and demonstrations.

Learning methods will include oral and written presentations, as well as research essays and a dissertation. One-to-one supervision of a dissertation is designed to promote continuity in the learning experiences provided and students with the opportunity to work on an area of film study of their own choosing (subject to approval by the tutor).

What you will study

All our Humanities MLitt degrees have a common structure of 40 and 20 credit modules. Students take two core modules:

Plus one agreed related module chosen from within another Humanities programme and approved by a Supervisor. For the current list of modules available, check our module catalogue.

Students go on to undertake a Gender, Culture and Society dissertation. You are encouraged to explore a wide range of primary source material, and to draw on contemporary theoretical approaches as well as visual images and/or cultural artefacts.

How you will be assessed

The modules are assessed via a range of assessment exercises, including essays, workshop presentations, class tests and a dissertation.

Students whose dissertation fails to satisfy the examiners will be awarded the PG Diploma, provided that the taught elements of the course have been successfully completed.


Students who take this course will gain a solid foundation from which they can proceed to doctoral research.

However, due to the non-vocational nature of a Humanities degree many students also enter jobs unrelated to their course of study. For these students this course provides them with an opportunity to further develop their written presentation skills, as well as the ability to work independently and plan independent research and study.

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Entry Requirements

Students will normally be expected to have a 2:1 honours degree in an Arts or Social Science discipline. Applicants with alternative qualifications and/or relevant experience may also be considered.

English Language Requirement

IELTS of 7.0 overall, with no component less than 7.0 (or equivalent), if your first language is not English. Please check our Language Requirements page for details of equivalent grades from other test providers, and information about the University of Dundee English Language courses.

English Language Pre-Sessional Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional programmes and Foundation Programme(s) which are designed to prepare you for university study, the 24 week and 10 week programmes provide additional English Language tuition for students who do not meet our minimum English Language requirements by up to 1.0 IELTS and 0.5 IELTS respectively. Successful completion of these programmes guarantees progression to various degrees at the University of Dundee as long as you hold a relevant offer. The 30 week (one Academic Year) Foundation Programme(s) allow applicants who have not met our typical academic entry requirements, and require additional English Language support by up to 1.0 to 1.5 IELTS, to gain the necessary qualifications to enter the University of Dundee degree programmes in the following year.

Fees and Funding

Academic Year Home/EU Overseas
2014-15 £3,800 £11,500

Sources of Funding

Information about the School of Humanities scholarships can be found on the School of Humanities scholarships webpage.

Other sources of funding for postgraduate students can be found on our Scholarships webpage.

Living Costs

  • Dundee is ranked as one of the most affordable places for students to live in the UK, and the cost of living is around 15% cheaper than the UK average.
  • Increasing numbers of students are successfully undertaking part-time work to supplement their income. You can get advice from our Careers Service, both about job opportunities and how to find a suitable study/work/life balance. EU and international students are also allowed to work up to 20 hours per week.
  • As a student in Scotland, you have free access to the National Health Service. Visits to doctors and hospitals, as well as prescriptions, sight tests and dental checkups, are available free of charge.

Your Application

How to Apply

Apply online via UKPASS

You must read the information regarding how to upload relevant documents to UKPASS before proceeding with your application.

Course Contact

Professor Perry Willson
School of Humanities
University of Dundee

Telephone: 01382 384 523 (from the UK)
Telephone: +44 1382 384 523 (from outside the UK)


Postgraduate Secretary

School of Humanities
University of Dundee

Telephone: 01382 384 202 (from the UK)
Telephone: +44 1382 384 202 (from outside the UK)



Admissions Contact

Postgraduate Admissions
Admissions and Student Recruitment
University of Dundee

Telephone: 01382 384 384 (from the UK)
Telephone: +44 1382 384 384 (from outside the UK)

Fax: 01382 385 500 (from the UK)
Fax: +44 1382 385 500 (from outside the UK)