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Social Science Research - Gender Studies

Tampere University
2 years
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
Fall 2021
Tampere University

Program description

Social Science Research - Gender Studies

The Master's Degree program in Gender Studies provides you with advanced training in the field of gender studies. The program gathers students and faculty broadly from social sciences, humanities and arts to develop innovative ways of expanding knowledge on gender, sexuality and racialisation in local, historical, cross-cultural and transnational contexts.

The degree engages you with wide-ranging and interdisciplinary traditions in gender studies, including feminist, queer, trans and antiracist studies. You will obtain both theoretical and methodological tools to understand and analyse how gender, sexuality and racialisation shape societies and cultures; how inequalities can be observed and tackled in different societal spheres, including, for instance, institutions and politics, workplaces, everyday life, intimate relations, media and the arts. You will familiarise yourself with cutting-edge research from this exciting and growing area of study.

The program examines key feminist theories and methodologies and explores the ways in which gender intersects with other differences, such as sexuality, class, age, ability, race, and ethnicity. The scope and extent of this program is unique. As a joint program of Tampere University, the University of Turku and Åbo Akademi University, you will benefit from several special research and teaching profiles of gender studies. This guarantees a wide interdisciplinary expertise.

Program content

General studies

  • Study skills and personal study planning
  • Scientific Writing

Language studies

  • Finnish Elementary Course

Studies on Global Society

Research Methods

  • Quantitative Research Methods and Comparative Research Design
  • Qualitative Research Methods and Comparative Research Design

Studies from the Global Society framework

Free choice studies

  • Optional Internship

Advanced Studies on Gender

  • Introduction to the Master's Degree program in Gender Studies
  • Gendered and sexualized society
  • Feminist theory
  • Feminist methodology and research design
  • Feminist politics
  • Studies in Gender Research
  • Master's thesis seminar and master's thesis

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

Tuition fee for non-EU/EEA citizens: 10000 € per academic year.

You will not be required to pay the fee if you are:

  • an EU/EEA citizen
  • equivalent to EU/EEA citizen (i.e. citizen of Switzerland)
  • already reside in Finland (a continuous A or a permanent P/P-EU residence permit), or have an EU Blue Card issued in Finland. The exempting residence permit must be valid when you are applying for studies and at least until 1 August i.e. when the study right commences. Please note that a residence permit in another EU/EEA country does not exempt you from the tuition fee.


Upon successful completion of the program, students will earn a Master of Social Sciences degree (120 ECTS).

Learning outcomes

After completing the Master's Degree program in Gender Studies you will have

  • gained interdisciplinary understanding on gender, sexuality and racialisation in society
  • learned skills and knowledge to work independently with key theoretical and methodological traditions of feminist knowledge production
  • comprehended how inequalities organise and shape social life and practices, institutions, bodies, affects and identities
  • learned to design, conduct and report critical feminist academic research
  • gained expertise on promoting and practicing equality and equal opportunities in various contexts in society

Continuing studies

Postgraduate study opportunities

The MA degree in Gender Studies provides the eligibility for doctoral studies in Social Sciences and Humanities. Tampere University, students can continue, for example, to Doctoral studies in the Doctoral program in Social Sciences.

Career opportunities

This internationally-linked program is especially suited for students aiming at careers in national and international research, politics, equal opportunities policies and human rights institutions and organisations in the private and public sectors as well as in non-governmental organisations and civil society, and the media. The gender studies program teaches written and oral communication skills, collaborative work skills and skills to critically examine power relationships.

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Kalevantie 4
33100 Tampere

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