How do gender, race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, dis/ability and/or religion contribute to the formation of social identities? What role do ensuing power differences between these vectors play in our globalised and mediatised world? In the two-year research MA in Gender Studies, you will approach a myriad of questions related to gender and other social categories through an intersectional approach.
The programme 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. 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.
Epistemology, politics, and ethics
During the courses and seminars, you will learn about subjectivity, representation and power dynamics from feminist and queer epistemological, political, and ethical perspectives. How have feminist theorists rethought dominant understandings of subjectivity, for instance? How does geo-political context shape the conditions for films, literature and artistic production to appear? And how can established power relations be transformed by feminist thinking in view of a more inclusive society?
You will investigate the development of queer, feminist and critical race theories and immerse yourself in the history and current statuses of colonial, postcolonial, and multicultural societies. In addition, you will explore the representation of gender, race, ethnicity, class, sexuality and dis/ability in diverse media, literature and new technologies.
Transdisciplinary and intersectional approach
The strength of this research-based MA programme in Gender Studies is its transdisciplinary and intersectional approach, which is represented in the wide range of research expertise of both the academic staff and students, as well as in the curriculum itself. The programme starts from an intersectional understanding of gender as a perpetually emerging factor in the structuring of society and culture, closely interacting with other social categories, and it sees ‘gender’ as an individual, institutional, and symbolic ordering principle that impacts people’s everyday lives.
Utrecht University’s research MA in Gender Studies is one of Europe’s most successful interdisciplinary teaching and research programmes in Gender Studies. You will benefit from engaging in a challenging and international setting that offers multiple avenues of investigation into complex social phenomena. The programme is closely affiliated with academics and institutions both within and outside Europe and offers an internationally recognised degree. Our lecturers are internationally recognised as experts in their fields.
After completing the research Master in Gender Studies you are qualified to apply for a postgraduate or doctoral research programme in the field of women’s, gender, and postcolonial studies. Furthermore, gender experts can also work at governmental organisations, NGO's, national and international women's organisations, and cultural institutions.
A global and local network
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.
- Coordinates the Netherlands Research School of Gender Studies.
- Runs a yearly NOISE Summer School at an advanced research level.
- Coordinates the Postcolonial Studies Initiative (PCI).
- Coordinates the EU-funded COST Action New Materialism: Networking European Scholarship on 'How Matter Comes to Matter'.
- Collaborates with Utrecht University's Centre for the Humanities.
- Hosts Terra Critica - Interdisciplinary Network on the Critical Humanities.
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.
On a local level, studying Gender Studies in Utrecht also means being part of an ambitious, open-minded, and intellectual community. We encourage you to join the student society AskAnnabel, which unites students of this programme and the Gender Studies programme and provides additional avenues for engaging in relevant discussions.
- Arts & Culture (research)
- Language of instruction:
- Mode of study:
- Study duration:
- 2 years
- 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
More information about fees
- Croho code:
- Accredited by the NVAO
- Graduate school: