Master's Degree Programme in Gender Studies

The Master's Degree Programme in Gender Studies is built around the interdisciplinary study of gender and sexuality, combining social sciences, arts and humanities.

Get advanced and interdisciplinary training in the field of gender studies!

You will gain competence on gender policies and politics, and acquire the ability to work independently on central issues related to gender, feminism, gender equality, production of power and knowledge.

This Programme is a great choice especially for students who wish to pursue a career in research, politics, equal opportunities policies and human rights institutions. Organisations in private and public sector as well as non-governmental organisations and civil society are other possible career paths.

The Programme is organised in co-operation with Tampere university and Åbo Akademi University.

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Programme in brief


The multidisciplinary Master’s degree in gender studies provides you with advanced training in the field of gender studies.  The Programme is aimed at both Finnish and international students with a variety of academic backgrounds and career plans.

It is built around the interdisciplinary study of gender and sexuality, bridging the divide between social sciences and arts and humanities. You will get to address the latest debates, using cutting-edge research from this exciting and growing area of study.

The curriculum incorporates local, cross-cultural and transnational emphases. It will encourage you to develop innovative, intersectional and interdisciplinary ways of expanding knowledge about gender and sexuality in global, local and historical contexts.

The degree engages the wide-ranging and multidisciplinary perspectives associated with gender studies:

  • feminist studies
  • queer studies
  • transgender studies
  • sexuality studies
  • race and ethnicity studies
  • disability studies
  • area and global studies
  • cultural studies
  • postcolonial and transnational studies

The Master’s Degree Programme in Gender Studies will give you competence on gender policies and politics. You will also acquire the ability to work independently on central issues related to gender, feminism, gender equality, and the production of power and knowledge. These competences include the use of gender as an analytic category and a critical perspective on crucial questions within science, politics, art and culture, and social issues.


In the Master’s thesis the student must prove their ability to do scientific work and manage research methods, knowledge of the research field, and skill of scientific writing.

Examples of thesis topics are:

  • Transforming bodies, wandering desires: intra-actions of gender and sexuality in non-heterosexual transgender embodiment
  • Feminist Gerontology: A study on the gender of aging women
  • Child’s Play: A gender-aware perspective on nursery school life

The scope and extent of this Programme is unique. As a joint degree co-operation of three universities, the University of Turku Abo Akademi University and Tampere university, it combines two special research and teaching profiles of gender studies. This guarantees a wide, interdisciplinary expertise.

At the University of Turku, the Master’s Degree Programme in Gender Studies is organised in the Faculty of Humanities. Students also have the possibility to benefit from many other courses offered by the other programmes within the University. The main research areas are:

  • academic feminism
  • research on affects
  • new materialism
  • trans studies

At the University of Tampere, the Programme is a part of the Global Society framework of the School of Social Sciences and Humanities. Within this framework, students have the possibility to benefit from many other courses offered by other programmes. In addition, a network of gender researchers organises regular research seminars. The key research and teaching themes are

  • gender and embodiment
  • gendering practices in changing society
  • the local and global orders of knowledge production on gender, nature and environment
  • ecological choices in everyday life;
  • lesbian and queer studies
  • new materialism
  • affective inequalities in intimate relationships

Career options


Master’s Degree Programme in Gender Studies will provide you with a high-quality and extensive expertise on issues related to gender, sexuality, gender equality and equal opportunities in society. In the Programme, you learn:

  • to analyse how gender and sexuality organise social structures, cultural practices, human interaction and people’s identities
  • to apply feminist conceptualisations and research approaches
  • to formulate relevant research problems
  • to promote gender equality and human rights in various kinds of jobs and tasks
  • to generate new knowledge and to work for gendered and sexualised equality in society
  • skills for critically examining power relations in connection to marginalised or oppressed groups

You acquire the following practical skills:

  • collecting and using various kinds of research data
  • presenting your analysis textually and orally in a scientific way
  • justifying your analytical choices
  • analytical thinking and problem solving skills
  • written and oral communication skills
  • collaborative work skills and organisational skills

This Programme is a great option especially for students who wish to pursue a career in

  • national and international research
  • national and international politics
  • equal opportunities policies
  • human rights institutions and organisations in private and public sectors as well as in non-governmental organisations and civil society
  • arts, writing and media careers

Graduates’ knowledge of power relations and social justice issues prepares them for government and jurisprudence positions. Due to the interdisciplinarity of the Programme, the graduates will be well prepared for research career.

Working life connections are realised by inviting visiting lecturers to the courses, for example, from Finnish, Nordic and European governmental and non-governmental organisations.

Students will also be encouraged to complete an internship during the Programme. The internship is optional but can be included in the degree.


You will be closely integrated into on-going research in the area. The Programme provides eligibility for scientific postgraduate degree studies.

The University of Turku Graduate School (UTUGS) consists of doctoral programmes which cover all disciplines and the approximately 2,000 doctoral candidates of the University. 

Entry requirements


General Requirement

You are an eligible applicant for Master’s-level studies if

  • you have a nationally recognized first cycle degree – normally a Bachelor’s degree – from an accredited institution of higher education,
  • your degree corresponds to at least 180 ECTS (European credits) or to three years of full-time study,
  • your degree is in a relevant field for the Master’s degree programme that you’re applying to.

Language Requirements

Applicants must have excellent English language skills and a certificate that proves those skills. You can indicate your language skills by taking one of the internationally recognized English language tests. 

Applicants must reach the minimum required test results to be considered eligible to the University of Turku. No exceptions will be made. Read more about the language requirements here.

Tianrui Pan Gender Studies
Gender Studies is a unique programme with an inter-sectionalized background. Through this programme, I gained experience in communications across cultures and disciplines.
Tianrui Pan
Gender Studies