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MSc Gender Studies - Intersectionality and Change

Linköping University
Program overview
4 semesters
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
160,000 SEK
Fall 2021

160,000 SEK
Fall 2022

160,000 SEK
Fall 2023

Program description

MSc Gender Studies - Intersectionality and Change

Become an agent for change!

This one-of-a-kind master’s program makes you highly skilled in analysing how social and cultural change can be initiated or sustained by integrating a critical understanding of gender and intersectionality.

The program focusses on intersectional gender, i.e gender and its interplay with other social categorisations and power differentials such as ethnicity, class, nationality, sexuality, age, and (dis)ability.

If you are attracted by the idea of challenging existing norms and structures in society – this is the program for you. A key ambition is to develop an understanding of the links between activism, theory, professional development and career paths. Students taking the program usually have a wide range of educational and professional backgrounds, for example in sociology, teaching, psychology, political science, and business administration. The program is offered as a one‑year option, 60 credits, or a two-year option, 120 credits.

To give you the latest update on current research, we invite you to take part in seminars at the internationally renowned Unit for Gender Studies. This is one of the largest interdisciplinary research and teaching units for intersectional gender studies in the Nordic countries.

The program combines online distance education with three mandatory on-campus gatherings per academic year. You will interact with your teachers and fellow program members in a digital classroom. The forms of instruction, which are based primarily on the use of the internet, place greater demands on your own activity than a purely campus-based program.

Admission requirements

Bachelor's degree equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen with at least 30 credits in Gender studies, or equivalent qualifications. Examples of equivalent qualifications are gender-related modules within courses or work experience. The qualifications should be documented in the form of a thesis, an essay, a certificate from a teacher/director of studies or a work/internship certificate issued by a manager or supervisor.

English corresponding to the level of English in Swedish upper secondary education (English 6/B). Exemption from Swedish 3.

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Program content

Semester 1

  • Introduction to Studies of Intersectional Gender at Advanced Level
  • Exploring intersectionality
  • Analytical Tools

Semester 2

  • Career Paths and Professional Communication
  • Analysing Change
  • Master Thesis in Gender Studies

Semester 3

  • Whose Story Gets Told? Critical perspectives on social movements and their relation to intersectional Gender Studies
  • Internship
  • Feminist Environmental Humanities
  • Feminist Pedagogy and Intersectional Gender Didactics
  • Equality and justice in organisations

Semester 4

  • Theories and Methodologies
  • Master Thesis in Gender Studies

Scholarships & funding

Linköping University (LiU) offers a limited number of scholarships to outstanding international students. For some programs and nationalities, it is also possible to apply for a scholarship through the Swedish Institute. There are also other funding opportunities for studies in Sweden.

For more information, please visit the website.

Tuition fees

SEK 160000 - NB: Applies only to students from outside the EU, EEA and Switzerland.


Degree of Master of Science (60/120 credits) with a major in Gender studies, specialization Intersectionality and Change

Career opportunities

You will be equipped for a career in higher education and research as well as professional work with intersectional gender in organisations, media, communication and politics. This program is also appropriate for you who want to boost your current career through further training within gender work.

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Linköping University (LiU) was granted university status in 1975 and today has 32,000 students. including 2,000 international students. LiU rank among more than 20,000 universities in the world, both as a young university and in several subject rankings, such as...

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581 83 Linköping

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