MA Gender, Sexuality and Culture / Course details

Year of entry: 2021

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Course description

Our innovative and highly interdisciplinary MA Gender, Sexuality and Culture master's course is designed specifically for students interested in investigating gender and sexuality within culture.

Our approach is unique within the UK, bringing together scholars who offer options in a range of academic disciplines, including English and American studies, art history and visual cultures, politics, history, modern languages, religions and theology, history of medicine, sociology, social anthropology, as well as others.

On top of this, the research culture of The University of Manchester is unusually rich for the study of gender and sexuality.

In close consultation with the course directors, you'll opt for a range of MA units drawn from offerings across the humanities and social sciences. You will also be able to take up training in research methods.

This approach allows you greater flexibility and the opportunity to pursue research in new areas.

Special features

Cultural Manchester

Manchester enjoys a dynamic cultural scene. Annual festivals celebrate everything from contemporary literature to gay rights.

Thriving research culture

The University's interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary research  Centre for the Study of Sexuality and Culture  (CSSC) is the UK's first research facility to focus exclusively on the relationships between gender, sexuality, culture and history. As a graduate student, you can take advantage of its stimulating research environment.

The  Morgan Centre for the Study of Relationships and Personal Life  , based in the School of Social Sciences, also works to foster interdisciplinary projects in the field of relationships, family and personal life, including issues on gender and sexuality.

Other centres include the  Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in the Arts and Languages  (CIDRAL), the Feminist Theory Network, and the Cultural Theory Institute.

Sexuality Summer School

The  Sexuality Summer School  is an annual event intended for postgraduates working in the area of sexuality.

The Summer School addresses current debates within queer studies, emphasising in particular its implication for the interdisciplinary study of culture.

It provides an opportunity to discuss queer debates with researchers in the CSSC, as well as with international scholars brought in for the event.

Teaching and learning

You will learn through a variety of teaching methods, depending on the units you take, including lectures, seminars and independent study.

Coursework and assessment

You will be assessed in a variety of ways depending on the units you take, including written assignments, participation in discussions, and presentations.

Course unit details

You will undertake units totalling 180 credits. Core and optional units combine to make 120 credits, with the remaining 60 credits allocated to the dissertation.

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Dissertation (MA) ENGL60000 60 Mandatory
Gender, Sexuality and Culture ENGL60971 30 Mandatory
Reading the Contemporary ENGL60081 30 Optional
Queer Cinema and Beyond ENGL60152 30 Optional
Modernisms ENGL60451 30 Optional
Postcolonial Literatures, Genres and Theories ENGL60461 30 Optional
Key Issues in Literary and Critical Theory ENGL70032 30 Optional
Contemporary Fiction ENGL71212 30 Optional
Gender, Sexuality & the Body HIST65182 15 Optional
Religion and Gender Theory SALC62312 15 Optional
Sociology of Consumption SOCY60552 15 Optional
New Developments in Theories of Gender and Sexuality SOCY60992 15 Optional
Social Capital and Social Change SOCY71011 15 Optional
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What our students say

The MA in Gender, Sexuality and Culture is unique in the UK, and Manchester offers a great variety of study resources.

Furthermore, the city's cultural offering complements my course extremely well.

Anne Engels


You will have access to one of the UK's five National Research Libraries at Manchester, as well as 24/7 study facilities at the Alan Gilbert Learning Commons and cultural assets such as the John Rylands Library, the Whitworth and the Manchester Museum.

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