Master of Gender, Society and Culture

Master of Gender, Society and Culture

Course information

Course title Master of Gender, Society and Culture
Course code PMGSLFTT6
Postnominal M. GSC (Melit.)
Level of qualification Second Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 7
Duration 3 Semesters
Mode of attendance Full-time
Total ECTS credits 90
Coordinator Brenda Murphy
Delivered by Faculty for Social Wellbeing
This programme of study is also offered on a part-time basis. Please consult the Registrar’s website for more information pertaining to courses offered by the University.

Equality legislation underlines that gender equality should be mainstreamed in service provision, policy and research. This specialisation is not currently available at an advanced level and the objective of this programme is to promote it among potential service providers, policy makers, researchers and employers.

The programme of studies for the course consists of a taught component totaling 60 ECTS credits and a research component to which 30 ECTS credits are assigned.

The aim of this programme is to introduce students to key spaces by engaging in and attending study-units on:

Epistemologies in Gender Studies, Research Methods in Gender Studies, Gender Based Violence, Gender and Culture and Gender and Social Justice. The programme is designed as having a predominantly taught component, culminating with a research element in the form of a dissertation, which allows the student to engage at a deeper level in a particular area of interest with a selected supervisor.

Students are expected to cover all the prescribed readings and participate fully in all activities related to the programme. Students are advised to keep pace with the work set, allowing sufficient time for any research work and/or revision.

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The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of a Bachelor degree from this University or any other institution recognized by Senate, obtained with at least Second Class Honours or Category II.

All applicants shall be required to demonstrate that they have the necessary aptitude and disposition to follow the Course with profit which shall be measured by means of a personal interview conducted by an interviewing board appointed for the purpose.

The interviewing board appointed by the Board shall be composed of at least three members.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2020.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.

UM currently hosts over 1,000 full-time international students and over 450 visiting students. The ever-increasing international students coming from various countries, in recent years, have transformed this 400-year old institution into an international campus.

Our international students generally describe Malta as a safe place, enjoying excellent weather and an all-year varied cultural programme. Malta is considered as the ideal place for students to study.

You can compare your national qualifications to the local requirements by visiting our qualifications comparability webpage.

Access more information about our admission process and English language requirements.

After you receive an offer from us, our International Office will assist you with visas, accommodation and other related issues.

Local/EU/EEA Applicants: Annual Enrolment Fee: Eur 400

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 10,800
Yr 1: Eur 10,800 - Yr 2: NIL
The aim of this proposed programme is to allow students to apply Gender epistemologies and research methodologies to a specific area of their choice; and, additionally and importantly, to engage deeply in three key cornerstones: Gender Based Violence; Gender and Culture; and Gender and Social Justice. The programme is being designed to allow the student to read deeply across several key areas and then, with a selected supervisor, engage in a study in a particular area of interest, thereby contributing to a richer understanding of Gender Studies both generally and specifically.

At Masters level, the student is her/his own best resource and what s/he gets out of the course depends very largely on what s/he puts into her/his studies for it. That said, if a student does all the prescribed reading, participates fully, reads around the subject and keeps pace with the work set, allowing sufficient time for any research work and/or revision, s/he can expect to be able to do the following:

- demonstrate a deep understanding and knowledge of the subjects taught, both gender generic and specific;
- show that s/he can critically evaluate and review existing literature and research in relation to Violence against Women, Gender and Culture and Gender and Social Justice;
- demonstrate an ability to plan, manage and conduct appropriate research in the required fields;
- be able to analyse and interpret findings, giving meaning to identified trends, phenomena and findings;
- be able to document, communicate and to demonstrate and share findings with other researchers through well planned, presented and explained relevant documentation as well as through class presentations;
- be able to collate, document and present a dissertation respecting academic standards.

It is our vision that the student will become a champion in the subject areas and will be able to disseminate and promote findings and outcomes derived from their learning and research.

The programme will not only enrich the student in terms of personal and professional knowledge and skills but will also allow the student to transfer this new found knowledge to fellow researchers, professional colleagues and to society in general.

Key transferable skills include the ability to: plan, organise and manage assignments and projects; work independently; meet deadlines; good time management; enhanced investigative and analytical skills; research and document findings; communicate findings to others; and to demonstrate competence in the specific subject areas.

Apart from gaining knowledge in specific subject areas, which will broaden their knowledge base, the programme allows the student to select a study area for dissertation that is appropriate to their employment and personal development. The student will also benefit from networking with peers, as well as working directly with an appointed supervisor. Overall the programme will further enhance intellectual skills through close and regular contact with academic staff.
This programme is multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary, we anticipate interest in the programme from a broad range of applicants with backgrounds in all disciplines (from Engineering, Architecture and ITC to Arts and Humanities). Candidates will return to their discipline with a solid understanding of how gender plays a significant and mainstreamed role in that area.
The programme is designed to support people who wish to broaden their worldview, as they build their career - within government departments, ministries and agencies, as well as non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and private companies. Government policy is based on gender mainstreaming and gender mainstreaming is essential in order to access EU Funds, attain higher visibility and inject equity into all spheres of work. Candidates will return to their discipline with a solid understanding of how gender plays a significant and mainstreamed role in that area.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2020/1.

Last Updated: 30 September 2020

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The availability of optional units may be subject to timetabling constraints.
Units not attracting a sufficient number of registrations may be withdrawn without notice.
Unless for exceptional approved reasons, no changes to the programme of study for a particular academic year will be made once the students' registration period for that academic year begins.