Gender Studies

As a graduate in gender studies, you study and analyse different social, political and cultural issues to learn how social differences such as race, class, location, and nationality affect gender and sexuality. You will also analyse many other areas like history, film studies, anthropology, and psychology for its effects on the representation of gender identities as this is an interdisciplinary field.

What do they do?

Graduates in gender studies fight and work against injustice towards people on the basis of their gender identities and sexualities. They explore and research on how human identities and social interactions are shaped by their gender.

What does a typical day at work involve?

  • Checked Challenging the status quo and engaging in social justice work both locally and globally
  • Checked Examining how current events are shaped by oppression and privilege
  • Checked Working with people all the time, be it in the field of media and communication, or any social service
  • Checked Work for the betterment of the society in many areas for women and people with alternate sexualities and gender identities

What are the different specialisations in gender studies?

This area focuses on the women’s movements, LGBTIQ movements and the history of such movements. This also focuses on the connection of such movements to more global events like the World War, the UN etc.
This area focuses on exploring the ways in which wars and other political violences have affected and made an impact on gender identities.
This area focuses on giving a comparative view on how social sciences and physical sciences have influenced and shaped the current social systems.
This field focuses on finding out how gender roles were constructed globally, the changes these roles have undergone till now and the changes that need to be made in order to create a more equal society.
This area focuses on giving an overview and understanding of different cultural forms and the effects it has had on gender identities, and other social aspects.

How to become a gender studies graduate?

Step 1
Take any stream at the 10+2 level

Choosing any stream at the plus two level will enable you to pursue gender studies courses. However, taking a humanities would be recommended.

Step 2
Take a bachelor’s degree in a Humanities or Social Science subject

There are only a few courses available exclusively for gender studies at the UG level in India. Although any bachelor degree will be a sufficient eligibility for pursuing gender studies courses at the PG level, it is always better to go for a bachelor’s in a humanities or social sciences subject. Especially when you choose subjects like Literature, Political Science or Sociology, you will have the opportunity to take optional subjects on gender studies/women’s studies/studies on alternative sexualities.

Step 3
Take a master’s in gender studies

After completing UG, you can go for an MA in gender studies or an MA in women’s studies. There are also various courses available in this area in foreign universities like the MSc in Gender Studies at the London School of Economics.

Step 4
Go for doctoral level studies

After pursuing master’s, you can go for an M Phil or PhD if your profile (including projects, research papers, and internships) and research proposal is excellent. This will enable you to take up a career in the academia.

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Requirements for masters (MA) in gender studies

Requirements for admission into a PG course in one of the top institutions to help you get an overall picture

India (For MA in gender studies from Jamia Millia Islamia)

  • Graduate degree in relevant stream from a recognized university or institute.
  • A minimum 50% marks on aggregate
  • Admission is done on the basis of the score in the entrance exam conducted by the university.

Foreign (For MSc in gender history from University of Glasgow)

  • 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification (for example, GPA 3.0 or above) in a relevant subject unless otherwise specified.
  • IELTS:Academic module:overall score 6.5, no sub-test less than 6.5
  • TOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than:Reading: 23, Listening:23, Speaking: 23, Writing: 24

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Skills Required

Communication skills

People working in the field of gender studies should be able to formulate clear arguments and defend their positions, and write detailed research papers summarizing their research findings. They should also be able to read and think critically.

Research skills

Since this a research oriented field, the ability to conduct methodical research by evaluating ideas and facts would be very important.

Critical thinking & problem-solving skills

People working in this field should be able to critically analyse various assumptions and make valid inferences as part of their work.

Interpersonal skills

People working in the field of gender studies will have to interact with people coming from different backgrounds as part of their work. THey should be able to understand them easily and accept their view without the baggage of any prejudice.


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