Studying gender studies

There is a wide range of gender studies courses available at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Gender studies can be studied as a single honours subject or as part of a joint honours degree; usually people doing joint honours combine gender studies with a related subject such as history or sociology. Many universities include gender studies as a module in their sociology courses. Gender studies provide an analysis of the role of gender throughout the ages and the implication of the history of gender on today’s society.

Choosing a course and a university

You should try to do as much research about the institutions that offer the course you want to follow; you can access their website and consult good university guides online and in print. You will find it beneficial to go to an open day, as you will be able to get a feel for the university and find out specific information relating to your course. Try to ask the staff that teach the course about what the course involves as well as talking to current students; they will be able to offer you advice and help you to gain an insight into university life.

Possible careers

People who study for qualifications in gender studies may choose to pursue a great diversity of future careers; these may include writing, teaching, law, politics and counselling to name just a few.

Getting into university

Students are expected to gain at least 3 good A-levels in order to gain a place at university. Generally, results should A, B or C grades and should include related subjects; these may include humanities, languages and social sciences.