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Program overview
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
2,000 EUR
October 2021

2,000 EUR
October 2022

2,000 EUR
October 2023

Program description

MA in Gender Studies

The MA programme offers an opportunity for a systematic, interdisciplinary, and intersectional study of gender issues from a historical perspective with a consideration of cultural and ethnic aspects of any given topic. The focus is on the analysis of manifestations of the gender order, the influence of feminist and queer theories, the relationship between gender and other categories of social differentiation.

The Master's programme in Gender Studies at Charles University applies intersectional and interdisciplinary perspectives to gender as one of the basic principles organizing human society and culture. Gender studies focus on the analysis of historical as well as contemporary manifestations of gender order, influence of feminist/queer theories and methods in science and research and other aspects of the gender order; they also probe the relationship between gender and other categories of social differentiation and stratification such as race/ethnicity, social status, age, sexuality, and/or disability.

One of the specific strengths and internationally recognized expertise of the gender studies program at Charles University is the emphasis put on the analysis of post-socialist experiences and reflections of gender structuring of the late-socialist Czechoslovak society, and Central/East European societies in general.

The MA programme in Gender Studies at the Faculty of Humanities is open to university students from all over the world. One of the programme's benefits is a diverse environment that encourages critical and multiperspective thinking. Our Faculty is a non-discriminatory and fair institution and applicants of all nationalities, ethnicities, cultural, social backgrounds, ages, and genders are welcome.

Admission requirements

Admission Requirements

  1. Submit a motivation letter, structured CV (curriculum vitae), and an academic paper in English before the application deadline. The paper should be no less than 15 pages in length and prove your knowledge, skills, and talent for study in the programme for which you are applying. The paper can be your defended bachelor’s thesis or its summary, an article published in an academic journal, or any new essay that you choose to represent you and your academic knowledge.
  2. Submit a notarized copy of your bachelor's or master's graduation certificate. If you graduated outside the Czech Republic, then you must submit an official “nostrification” document validating your foreign education.

For more information, please visit the Faculty website,

Applications open on November 1st, 2020.

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Program content

Compulsory Courses:

  • The History of Feminist Thinking

  • Feminist Literary Theory and Criticism

  • Comparative History of Sexuality

  • Intersectionality: Theory and Methods

  • Social Structures and Institutions

  • Politics of Identity: Theory and Criticism

  • Feminist Cultural Studies

  • Comparative Gender in Global Perspective

  • Social Policy Analysis

  • Gender in Theory and Practice: Applied Gender Theory

...and others. To check out the list of compulsory and elective courses, visit our website, 

Tuition fees

Tuition Fee: 2000€ per academic year.

Continuing studies

The goal of the programme is to familiarise the students with gender analysis in diverse academic fields and practical areas of social life in order to get them ready for professional careers in a wide range of professional fields, including state administration, social policy, social and medical care, social and legal work, education and academic work.

Above all, they will be able to contribute to so-called "gender mainstreaming", i.e. to the integration of gender-differentiated attitudes and principles to the fundamental social-political and cultural structures of the society. They will be able to cultivate principles and an environment of social justice, support gender balance, equality, human and civil rights, and sexual autonomy.

Career opportunities

Graduates of the Master's programme in Gender Studies will find their careers in governmental and non-governmental organizations, especially in national and international institutions and organizations concerned with social questions, family matters, domestic and public violence, human rights and equal opportunities, development of civil society, sustainable development, labour law, and others. 

The graduates can use their skills as mediators in conflict resolution; they can also grow their careers in academic research and/or education. Through applying methods of social change they will be able to inspire advanced gender sensibility and use applied gender analysis with gender-differentiated attitudes.

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About this institute

Faculty of Humanities, Charles University

Faculty of Humanities, Charles University

The Faculty of Humanities is the youngest Faculty under the renowned Charles University located in Prague, Czech Republic, gaining full academic autonomy in 2000. As such, it combines in itself the old and famous tradition of Charles University with modern...

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Why study at Faculty of Humanities, Charles University

  • A pioneer since its inception, the Faculty was among the first at Charles University to adopt the Bologna Accords.
  • Utilizes advances in e-learning and academic tracking technologies to allow distance learning for both traditional and non-traditional students, increased student-teacher communication.
  • Highly supportive of student mobility and encourages participation in various types of exchanges (the ERASMUS+ exchange programme, summer school programmes, bilateral agreements at the University as well as school level, etc.) leading to high student diversity.
  • Diversity is underscored by our significant group of foreign-language full-time students which come from all over the world and contribute to the diverse environment.
  • Under the leadership of Dean Professor Jan Sokol, Ph.D (former education minister and nominated candidate for the presidency of the Czech Republic in 2003), the school has developed several progressive programs answering important Faculty developmental needs.
  • Developments in the Bachelor’s Programme in Liberal Arts and Humanities offering students unprecedented choice in course selection, in both theoretical and applied arts of philosophy, history, social sciences, and languages.

Contact info

Faculty of Humanities, Charles University

U Kříže 8, Praha 5 - Jinonice
158 00 Prague
Czech Republic

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