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Gender Studies (M.A.)

The interdisciplinary Master's degree programme in Gender Studies combines perspectives and methods from a variety of disciplines and leads to research which is theoretically driven, empirically established and practically oriented. The programme enables the student to analyse the complex category of gender in society, culture and academia by setting different foci.

Name of the subject: Gender Studies (M.A.)
Degree: Master of Arts (M.A.)
Standard period of study: four semesters, part-time study up to seven semesters
Start of programme: summer and winter semesters
Part-time study: part-time study is possible
Admission prerequisites: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Gender Studies or in a closely related subject (see below)
Application deadline: May 15th (for the winter semester); November 15th (for the summer semester)
Lottery procedure: 1 October to 5 October (winter semester), 1 April to 5 April (summer semester)
Application: Application for Master's degree programmes
Language of programme: German

Description of the course of studies
The objective of the interdisciplinary Master’s degree programme in “Gender Studies” is conveyance of in-depth, subject-related scientific knowledge and the ability to understand the substance of the subject as well as to apply basic theories and methods. Gender Studies require an interdisciplinary approach, combining the perspectives and methods of several disciplines with each other and teaching research methods which are guided by theory, but simultaneously empirical and application-oriented. The conveyance of in-depth knowledge in Gender Studies including theories and methods aims to analyse the complexity of the category of gender and thus be able to understand the social and cultural structure of gender in both history and present times. Major emphases can be placed on the following areas: “Gender, Body and Sexuality”, “Gender and Social Order”, “Gender, Economics and Material Culture”, “Gender in Politics” and “Gender, Representation in the Media and Symbolic Order”. In addition to subject-related scientific knowledge, the Master’s degree programme conveys general competencies for taking up doctoral studies and successful entry into professional life.

Structure of the Master’s degree programme
The Master’s degree programme offers a choice between a single-subject course of studies and a combination of Gender Studies with another subject.
List of module packages to choose from: see on the left
The degree programme consists of 120 credits, distributed over 4 semesters as follows:

  • a) subject-related studies 78 C:
    Gender Studies to the extent of 78 C, or Gender Studies to the extent of 42 C combined with a permissible module package from another subject to the extent of 36 C,
  • b) key competencies: 12 C,
  • c) Master’s thesis: 30 C.

The Master’s degree programme is suitable for part-time study.

Occupational prospects
The knowledge and competencies acquired during the Master’s degree programme “Gender Studies” after completion with a “Master of Arts” (M.A.) degree qualify graduates for employment as gender experts in scientific research and various public and private institutions, such as:

  • universities, universities of applied sciences and research institutions
  • cultural and educational institutions
  • public relations and marketing institutions
  • the publication and media industry
  • areas of gender mainstreaming and diversity management
  • non-governmental organisations and other political institutions
  • associations and political parties
  • public health and sports institutions
  • gender centres and equal opportunities commissions

In addition, the Master’s degree programme conveys competencies beyond subject-related knowledge for taking up doctoral studies.

Admission prerequisites
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Gender Studies or a closely related subject; if the Bachelor’s degree programme is not yet completed, a minimum of 150 C at the date of application

  • a minimum of 50 C in the subject of Gender Studies
  • DSH 2 for candidates with a native language other than German