Why choose this course
The Sex, Gender and Sexualities MSc programme is an innovative and interdisciplinary masters which aims to engage students with cutting edge and research-led learning. The University holds a wealth of experience and knowledge in relation to the study of gender, sex and sexuality across multiple facilities and departments.
This masters takes advantage of the knowledge and experience of staff already here at the University and includes members from the Department of Sociology, the School of Literature and Languages and the School of Psychology. Our masters programme will be a truly interdisciplinary experience that allows students more freedom in module choices and in topics for their dissertations.
The Sex, Gender and Sexualities MSc has been carefully designed to capitalise on the wealth of research and teaching occurring at the University of Surrey about these topics from across a wide range of disciplines in order to offer this exciting and innovative programme. The programme has three broad aims:
- To provide an inclusive, welcoming and supportive learning environment in which to engage students in interdisciplinary studies of sex, gender and sexuality
- To foster both a supportive cohort identity and group cohesion alongside flexibility, allowing students to make choices about their education
- To produce graduates who have advanced critical, analytical, and professional skills with a high level of sophisticated knowledge about sex, gender and sexuality.
What you will study
Students begin the course in Semester 1 with three compulsory modules:
- The year-long dissertation
- Histories of Sex/uality
- A compulsory methods module.
Students are given the option of selecting either Field Methods (a social science methods-based module) or Research and Writing Skills (a humanities-methods based module). Students are recommended to select the module which aligns best with their methodological intentions for their dissertation.
Alongside these, students also select two of the six optional modules:
- Women Behind the Screen: Gender and Labour in Film
- Cultures of Race and Racism
- Social Psychology of Language and Communication
- Queer Ecologies
- Travel-Writing Past and Present: Themes, Forms and Critical Perspectives.
In Semester 2 students continue to take the dissertation module and, alongside this, have another two compulsory modules:
- Trans/scending Gender
- Queer Feminist Approaches.
They also select two of the five optional modules:
- The Social Psychology of Gender
- Medieval Women’s Writing
- Writing Gaming
- Sociology of Mental Health
- Understanding Sexualities.
Our masters programme allows a tailored to approach allow for students to have greater agency, flexibility and freedom in choosing what their masters looks like overall.
The optional modules have been selected to provide students with opportunities to view sex, gender and sexuality within and across various other areas and/or contexts. There is also additional consideration of intersecting issues (for example, with mental health and race/racism) and key areas in which sex, gender and sexuality are pertinent to the application of a specific area (e.g. in writing gaming, travel writing, film-making).
The Sex, Gender and Sexualities MSc Programme has been designed with student experience at the centre. A key underpinning objective of the programme is to instil a strong community of learning, at the same time as offering options that will allow students to shape their focus in various ways. Together, there is the development of a supportive, inclusive and engaging environment for learning.
We welcome applicants from a wide range of disciplines on this programme and understand that every student will arrive with their own experiences and from various disciplinary backgrounds. The programme is therefore designed with this in mind to ensure everyone gains the necessary academic skills and knowledge to succeed.
The Dissertation module (which runs throughout the entire year-long course) has five weeks of workshops at the beginning of Semester 1 in order to ensure all students are comfortable with essential academic skills required at masters level. These workshops introduce, clarify and outline key scholarly elements required for the programme overall and are critical for the dissertation (e.g. literature searches, referencing, academic practice). They will also provide a clear understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of research in the areas of sex, gender and sexuality.
Careers and graduate prospects
We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University. Our graduates have lifetime access to Surrey Pathfinder, our online portal for appointment and events bookings, jobs, placements and interactive development tools.
We are committed to developing graduates with strengths in employability, digital capabilities, global and cultural capabilities, sustainability and resourcefulness and resilience. Graduates from this programme will be fully equipped to a sophisticated master's level to fulfil their future potential in their chosen careers based on these key strengths.
The interdisciplinary nature of this master's means that graduates from the programme will have broad appeal to a wide range of potential recruiters and graduates would be able to articulate applicability to a vast range of roles. This master's programme allows students to engage with specialist content for around the topics of sex, gender and sexuality suitable in a vast variety of careers.
Naturally, students will be especially equipped to engage in further doctoral study but graduates would also suit careers in many other sectors, including but not limited to: charity sectors, civil service, social services, archive and collections/museums, teaching and pedagogy / education sectors, media/ journalism, publishing.
Academic year structure
For full-time students the programme is one academic year long (starting in September).
For part-time students the programme is two years long (starting in September). Part-time students will undertake all compulsory modules in the first year and therefore maintain their sense of shared identity with the cohort, and in the second year embark on their optional modules by which time they have greater familiarity and confidence navigating the University and its systems.
Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps.
The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. Modules can be either 15, 30, 45, 75 and 120 credits, and additionally for some masters dissertations, 90 credits.
The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes:
Course timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday – Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the Academic Hive. View our Code of practice for the scheduling of teaching and assessment (PDF).
Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey's module catalogue. See the modules section for more information.
A minimum of a 2:2 UK honours degree, or recognised equivalent international qualification, in a relevant discipline within the social sciences and humanities.
Applicants who do not meet these requirements may be considered if they have several years of relevant demonstrable work experience related to the programme content (e.g., archivist experience in the areas of gender and sexuality studies).
If you have at least one year of relevant experience in a full-time graduate-level role (or a minimum of two years’ experience in a relevant graduate-level part-time role) please provide full details of your role and responsibilities in your personal statement and CV when you submit your application.
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English language requirements
IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 7.0 in writing and 6.0 in each other element.
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If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.
The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If your experience exceeds the typical requirements for entry to the programme, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience. If you can demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes for specific modules through your previous learning, it may be possible to exempt you from those modules, and for you to be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims.
In some cases, prior knowledge and skills may allow applicants to join the start of a course without meeting the formal entry requirements.
Please see our code transfer and recognition of prior learning guide (PDF) and recognition of prior learning and prior credit web page for further information. Please email Admissions (email@example.com) with any queries.
Start date: September 2023
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- These fees apply to students commencing study in the academic year 2023-24 only. Fees for new starters are reviewed annually
- If you are on a two-year full-time MFA programme, or a two-year or three-year part-time masters programme (excluding modular/self-paced/distance learning), the annual fee is payable in Year 1 and Year 2 of the programme
- Annual fees will increase by 4% for each subsequent year of study, rounded up to the nearest £100, subject to any overriding applicable legislative requirements.
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