How do gender, race, class, sexuality and age contribute to the formation of social identities? What role do ensuing power differences between these factors play in our globalised and mediatised world? What measures have been taken, in the past and the present, in order to prevent discrimination and exclusion? And how do academic, cultural, artistic, journalistic, and policy-making institutions respond to these societal challenges?

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Emancipation, the recognition of differences, and awareness of intersections of gender with other factors of identity making (class, race, age, sexuality, etc.) are crucial tools in analysing social and cultural relations in today’s postcolonial and post-secular societies.

Our Master’s programme in Gender Studies provides you with an interdisciplinary understanding of these tools, as well as advanced analytical skills. You will be trained within an internationally diverse cohort of students and academic staff to become a professionally successful 'agent of change'.

Theory and practice

Your education in gender studies will combine theoretical knowledge with its practical application in all parts of the programme. You will develop research skills through intensive coursework and participate in an internship that combines your subject matter interests with professional experience. Theory and practice come together in your final thesis project, which serves to synthesise your one-year experience in gender studies at Utrecht University.

After completing this one-year programme, you will be able to develop sustainable perspectives for future research and action, and have the motivation and knowledge to implement these perspectives in emancipation policies, diversity management, social and cultural initiatives, and political activism.

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Nationally and Internationally Renowned

Utrecht University’s Master in Gender Studies is one of the most distinguished programmes in the Netherlands in its field. Embedded in the Faculty of Humanities, its character is interdisciplinary and international. As a student, you will benefit from interactions with researchers, lecturers, and visiting scholars from all over the world.


Studying Gender Studies in Utrecht means being part of an ambitious, open-minded, and intellectual community. We encourage you to join the student society Gen K, which unites students of this programme and the Research Master’s programme and provides additional avenues for engaging in relevant discussions


Utrecht Gender Studies engages in interdisciplinary research and teaching in literary, visual, and cultural studies as well as in historical and philosophical gender research. The study content benefits students to attend to the ways in which everyday culture changes under the influence of globalisation. Our programme teaches from the diverse strands of gender studies (e.g. postcolonial feminisms, feminism and multiculturalism, contemporary feminist theory, and feminist posthuman(ist) studies).

Leading in Education 

Utrecht University offers a Bachelor-level courses, two Master’s, and PhD studies in Gender Studies. The Graduate Gender Programme is widely recognised to be a key player in education with regard to women’s, gender, and postcolonial studies. Our staff played an important role in developing the ATGENDER Tuning brochure, an official document published by the European Commission with guidelines to assess the quality of gender- and ethnicity-oriented programmes. Our extensive networks of academic and research exchange partners offer you the opportunity to pursue studies and research through numerous organisations in the Netherlands and abroad.

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Furthermore, the programme participates in:

  • GEMMA, the Erasmus Mundus Master’s programme in Women’s and Gender Studies.
  • ATGENDER - The European Association for Gender Research, Education and Documentation.
  • RINGS - International Research Network of Institutions and Advanced Gender Studies.
  • InterGender - Research school in Interdisciplinary Gender Studies.

Teaching staff

Our lecturers are internationally recognised as experts in their fields. Take a look at their profiles in order to get a sense of their academic interests and specialties. 

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After graduation

After graduation, you will have advanced knowledge of and insight into the field of women’s and gender studies. You will be an expert on factors of identity making such as gender, class, race, age, and sexuality. The insights from gender studies and emancipation research are useful to a growing number of organisations and companies seeking to develop and/or critically reflect upon policies to effectively intervene on behalf of specific target groups and market segments. 

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Gender Studies is a selective Master’s programme. Do you want to know if you are eligible for this Master?

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Key facts

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Full-time, Part-time
Study duration: 
1 year, 2 years (part-time)
Tuition fees: 
Dutch and other EU/EEA students (statutory fee, full-time) 2023-2024: € 2,314

Non-EU/EEA students (institutional fee) 2023-2024: € 18,332

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