Each year of the two years of study is divided into two semesters, running from September until January and from February until June. A semester consists of two study periods. Starting with the 2016-17 academic year, students will take three courses (of 5 EC each) per study period.

The programme includes the following components:

  • Compulsory courses (40 EC)
    This consists of 25 EC of compulsory courses and 15 EC of interdisciplinary training and introduction to the field of gender research. You begin with a general course that familiarises you with the foundations of the humanities, and an advanced introduction to Gender Studies in the first study period. Throughout the first year the compulsory course trajectory offers you in-depth engagements with the broad field of women’s, gender, and postcolonial studies.
  • Academic specialisation (electives, 15-40 EC)
    Focusing on your interests and ambitions, you can take seminars and tutorials that will train you for research in a specialised topic or theme.
  • Study abroad and/or internship (15-30 EC)
    In the first semester of your second year you can choose for a period of studying abroad (at UU-partner universities or universities that are partners of the Graduate Gender Programme’s network). An internship can be of maximum 15 EC, studying abroad can be up to 30 EC.
  • National Research School context (10 EC)
    The National Research School of Gender Studies (NOG) will offer courses throughout the year, in which you can take part according to your interests.
  • Master’s thesis (30 EC)
    In the last semester you will complete your studies with a research thesis. In this work you will contribute, on the basis of original and independent research, to a debate on gender, race, sexuality, class, religion and other socio-historical categories within your discipline.

Have a look at the study schedule (pdf).


Educational methods

  • seminar
  • lectures
  • group work
  • self study
  • internship (optional)


  • written assignments (academic papers, book reviews, research proposals)
  • presentations
  • creative assignments (elective)
  • internship (optional)
  • Master’s thesis