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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Zentrum für Transdisziplinäre Geschlechterstudien

About the MA Program in Gender Studies

Our program offers students the opportunity to explore gender theory and application across twenty-one different subjects. MA courses are transdisciplinary and centered on individual projects and problems.


  • are due between May 1 and 31 for the winter term

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • 30 academic credits (ECTS) in gender studies-related fields

Length of Program

  • four semesters
  • part-time studies also available


The self-conception of the gender studies program

  • views gender as a central category through which our society structures its perceptions, identities, and values
  • is transdisciplinary in order to understand the connection between different disciplinary approaches while simultaneously reflecting critically on those approaches. is interdependent because gender can only be analyzed in its complex relationship with other categories such as »race«, ethnicity, social status, sexuality, religion, dis/ability, or age
  • is critical of the sciences, because the analytical category gender generates new knowledge, which impacts the arts and sciences as well as other relevant contexts
  • is interventionist because gender studies is committed not only to theory but also to translating gender knowledge into real-world practice

Program Structure

The MA program consists of twelve modules and 120 credits.

Modules 1, 2, 7 and 11 are Obligatory Modules (62 CP)

  • Module 1: Interdependencies fosters an in-depth understanding of the interdependent relationship between gender and other systems of categorization and norming.
  • Module 2: Knowledge focusses on theories of knowledge and epistemology while exploring subject-specific, transdisciplinary as well as science-critical reflections.
  • Module 7: Project Study is built on research-based learning  and deepens the understanding of complexities in the subject area or field of research in which the work is conducted.
  • Module 11: Master’s thesis concludes the program.

Modules 3, 4, 5 and 6 are Elective Modules 1 (36 CP)

Students complete three of the following four modules according to their personal field of interest, or research orientation.

  • Module 3: Normativities examines rules, ethics, codes, and natural laws in order to bring the tensions and  constitutive processes related to norms and norming into focus.
  • Module 4: Medialization addresses the symbolic gender order as well as the development conditions and impact of the representation of gender in different forms, arts, or media.
  • Module 5: Transformations analyzes changes in gender relations on a structural, social, institutional and individual level.
  • Module 6: Interventions deepens epistemological knowledge with regard to the development and execution of intervening projects, under consideration of context-specific practices.

Modules 8, 9 and 10 are Elective Modules 2 (12 CP)

Students are required to finnish one of the three modules:

  • Module 8: Free Choice. Students have free range to pursue subjects of their interest within the Gender Studies Master
  • Module 9: Project Study Continuation
  • Module 10: Internship

Module 12 is the Interdisciplinary Elective Module (10 CP)

Students can take classes in Gender Studies or a different master's program.

Further information is available at our Academic Advising Office.