MA in Women's and Gender Studies (GEMMA)

How to applySociology and Social Sciences

About the course

Recognised by the EU as a Masters of Excellence, the MA in Women’s and Gender Studies (GEMMA) is the first programme of its kind. It carries high prestige within the European Union and is sponsored by the European Commission, which provides a small number of annual, competitive scholarships.

The degree involves a consortium partnership with six other European Universities: Granada (Spain), Oviedo (Spain), Utrecht (Netherlands), Bologna (Italy), Lödz (Poland), Central European University (Budapest, Hungary), and Rutgers (State University of New Jersey). You’ll spend one year studying at Hull and all or half of your second year at a selected partner University.

On completion of the course, you’ll be awarded with a Masters qualification from both universities, meaning you receive two Masters degrees.

Key facts

Tuition fees

UK/EU: €2,000 full-time

*Please note, the fees for 2018/19 have not yet been confirmed and may increase.

A new system of postgraduate loans for Masters degrees in the UK are now available. They provide up to £10,280 for full-time and part-time taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. For more information, visit our Postgraduate Loans page.

Overseas: €5,500 full-time

More information on fees can be found in the funding information section of this page.

Application deadlines

All applications for this programme are made through the GEMMA website managed by Granada University. At Hull, we do not accept direct applications so please refer to the GEMMA website for admissions processes, deadlines and application forms.

Entry requirements

Normally an upper second class degree or equivalent in the social sciences or a related discipline, but applicants with other qualifications and relevant experience are carefully considered.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires IELTS 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each skill.

For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Admissions status

Open for admission in 2017/18

Mode of study: Hull Campus

Duration: 2 years full-time

Study information

Drawing on the Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities, this interdisciplinary programme provides students with the opportunity to study women’s and gender issues and theories from a range of perspectives and to an advanced level.

Throughout your studies, you’ll complete a range of taught core modules, including:

  • Extended Dissertation (20,000 – 30,000) words
  • Feminist Historiography
  • Feminist Methodology: Interdisciplinary Methods in Women’s and Gender Studies
  • Feminist Theory: Between Difference and Diversity
  • Women’s Movements Worldwide

The following optional modules are a sample of the options usually available to GEMMA students studying at the University of Hull, subject to availability. Options and specialisms may vary at each institution.

  • Independent Gender Research
  • Other(ed) Bodies: Anthropology of Gender and Sexual Diversity
  • Encountering Development: Why Gender Matters
  • Current Perspectives in Gender and Developments
  • Key Issues in Identity Politics and Policies: diversity in post-national context
  • The Body in Culture, Politics and Society
  • Disability, Identity, Society, Media
  • Gender and Popular Culture

You may also choose to undertake Postgraduate Research Training modules in the Social Sciences including:

  • Ethnographic Practice
  • Survey Methods and Questionnaire Design
  • The Research Interview
  • Central Issues in Applied Social Research
  • Explorations of Qualitative Research in Theory and Practice 

* All modules are subject to availability.

Funding information

Future prospects

Developing a career after the GEMMA programme is helped immensely by the strong personal support networks and wide European and International networks that our students develop. This stands them in good stead for the world beyond their studies. Through the GEMMA programme, our graduates are developing an international and cosmopolitan network of high status and rewarding employment in their chosen fields.

You may choose to continue your studies to MPhil or PhD level at Hull with the supervision of academic staff with specialist expertise in fields of Gender Studies. Many of our graduates continue to PhD and have been awarded doctoral scholarships to study at Hull as well as at other prestigious international centres of excellence in Gender Studies.