MDP in Gender Studies

Think critically.
Analyse gendered and sexualized society locally and globally.
Promote gender and sexual equality.

Please note that the information on these Admissions pages was valid for the 2018 intake. Programme requirements and admissions info will be updated in late summer - autumn 2018.

Programme profile and research at UTA

Degree: Master of Social Sciences
Duration: 2 years
Extent: 120 ECTS
When to apply: Next intake will be in December 2018 - January 2019 for 2019 admission
Start date: August 2019 (to be confirmed)
Tuition fee for non-EU/EEA students: 10 000 € / year
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Master’s degree programme in Gender Studies provides advanced training in the field of gender studies for both Finnish and foreign students with a variety of academic backgrounds and career plans. 

The programme gathers students and faculty broadly from social sciences, humanities and arts to develop innovative, intersectional and interdisciplinary ways of expanding knowledge on gender and sexuality in local, historical, cross-cultural and transnational contexts.  The degree engages wide-ranging and interdisciplinary traditions in gender studies, including gendering practices, gender equality and feminist politics, material feminisms, affects, and queer studies.

The programme addresses the latest debates, using cutting-edge research from this exciting and growing area of study. It examines central theories and approaches in the study of gender and sexuality, and explores the ways in which gender and sexuality intersect with other differences such as class, age, race, ethnicity.

The scope and extent of this programme is unique. As a joint programme cooperation in two universities, the University of Tampere and the University of Turku (and from 2018 onwards also Åbo Akademi University), it combines several special research and teaching profiles of Gender Studies. This guarantees a wide interdisciplinary expertise.

At UTA “gender and body” is one of the key research and teaching themes in the strategy of the Faculty of Social Sciences. Current research topics include gendering practices in changing society; gender, nature and environment; lesbian and queer studies; new materialism; affective inequalities in intimate relationships, and gender equality in research and innovation. The aim of the programme is to integrate students into on-going research. In addition, in UTA, a university wide network across disciplinary boundaries of gender researchers organizes regular research seminars.

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.

Åbo Akademi University participates in teaching cooperation in the programme, while there is no admission in 2017. Gender Studies is located in the Faculty of Humanities, Psychology and Theology, and the key research and teaching areas are post- and decoloniality, girlhood studies, feminist philosophy and diasporic art.


Why MDP in Gender Studies?

The scope and extent of the Gender Studies programme is unique in two aspects:

  • As it combines the strengths and traditions of social sciences and humanities in a joint degree cooperation of three Finnish universities with their special research and teaching profiles of gender studies. This guarantees a wide, interdisciplinary expertise.
  • At the University of Tampere, the programme combines Gender Studies and feminist research with social science research traditions.  The programme is part of the Global Society framework at the Faculty of Social Sciences. Thus, the students have the unique possibility to benefit from the wide range of courses offered by the other programmes within the framework, and gain new points of view in the joint groups of students from several Master’s programmes in the Faculty.

Study objectives

After completing the Master’s degree programme in Gender Studies you will have

  • gained interdisciplinary understanding on gendered and sexualized society
  • skills and knowledge to work independently with central theoretical and methodological traditions of the research on gender and sexuality, feminisms, gender equality and production of knowledge and power
  • comprehended how gender and sexuality organize social life and its material-discursive practices, institutions, body, interaction and identities
  • learnt to design, conduct and report critical academic research on gender and sexuality in society
  • gained expertise on promoting gender and sexual equality and equal opportunities in various contexts in society

Career opportunities

This internationally-linked programme is especially suited for students aiming at careers in national and international research, politics, equal opportunities policies and human rights institutions and organizations in private and public sector as well as in non-governmental organizations and civil society, and media. The Gender Studies programme teaches written and oral communication skills, collaborative work skills and skills for critically examining power relationships.

Doctoral study opportunities

The MA degree in Gender Studies provides the eligibility for doctoral studies in Social Sciences and Humanities. Within the University of Tampere, students can continue, for example, to Doctoral studies in the Doctoral Programme in Social Sciences.

Applying for the programme


There is no intake into the Gender studies programme in 2018.

General eligibility

To be eligible to apply for the MDP in Gender Studies, an applicant must have

  • a completed university level Bachelor's degree or equivalent in the field of the desired programme or in a closely related subject
  •  fluency in English sufficiently advanced for academic studies. For requirements, please see "Language requirements" below.

The Bachelor's degree or equivalent must be completed by the time the programme begins. If the degree is not completed by the end of the application period, an applicant can be accepted to the programme on the condition that s/he sends the degree certificate to the University in July 2019 (to be confirmed). Attested copy of the degree certificate must reach the University by the deadline. A successful applicant will, in this case, first receive a notification on conditional acceptance and later an official letter of acceptance once the degree certificate has reached the University.

Language requirements

Applicants must submit evidence on a good command of English for academic purposes. There are two ways of indicating English language proficiency: language tests and previous studies.

1. Language tests

We accept the following tests as a proof of a good command of English:

  • TOEFL, Test of English as a Foreign Language; 90/Internet-based, 575/paper-based
    • Note: scores from "TOEFL ITP/institutional testing programme" are not accepted.
  • IELTS (Academic), International English Language Testing System; 6.5 with no individual score below 5.5
  • PTE (Academic), Pearson’s Test of Academic English; 62

Please note that the language test score must be valid throughout the application period. This means that if the language test expires even one day before the application deadline, the applicant must take a new language test. Language test results are valid for two years.

We advise all applicants needing an international language test score to book for a test date well in advance, as test dates are filling up fast in the autumn and it may take several weeks for the test result to reach University Admissions Finland.

For information on how to submit a language test result, please see

2. Previous studies

If you fulfil one of the criteria below, you are exempt from submitting a language test score.

  • A Bachelor's degree completed in English in a university or university of applied sciences in an EU/EEA country, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, or the United States, excluding online degrees. The applicant needs to have stayed in the respective country when studying for the Bachelor's degree.
  • A Bachelor’s degree completed in a Finnish university in Finnish or Swedish. The compulsory foreign language course included in the degree must be completed in the English language.
  • Secondary education in English in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom or the United States.

Please note that in addition to assessing your previous studies in terms of eligibility, we assess them also to determine the level of your English skills based on the grades. If you feel your grades do not give the right impression of your English skills, we strongly recommend you to take a language test to indicate your proficiency.

For information on the documents you need to submit to indicate your language skills with previous studies, please see


There is no intake into the Gender studies programme in 2018.


Application period

Master's programme application period December 2018 - January 2019

Start date

August 2019 (to be confirmed)


2 years

Teaching language



A maximum of 10 students are admitted into the programme.

Tuition fee

The tuition fee of the programme is 10 000 euros per academic year (non-EU/EEA students) with a scholarship-system for fee-paying students:

How to apply

Applications are submitted through an electronic application system. A link to the application form is available on the Admissions web page during the application period. All applications are pre-processed by the centralized University Admissions Finland (UAF) service. Applicants must be able to support their application with enclosures related to their educational background, language skills, and other qualifications and merits.


Applicants must be able to prove their educational background by means of officially authenticated copies of their documents. If the documents are not in English, Finnish or Swedish, both the authenticated copies of the documents in their original language and an officially confirmed complete and precise translation into one of the languages mentioned above are required.

In addition to the standard document requirements, educational documents issued in certain countries have more specific requirements for submission. Please go through the requirements carefully and check the country-specific requirements for your degree awarding country before applying.

For more information on the required documents, and instructions for applicants, please see How to apply.

If selected, the admitted student will have to present her/his original educational documents upon arrival at the University of Tampere in order to be able to register at the university.

Tuition fee and scholarships

Finnish universities will start collecting tuition fees from non-EU/EEA citizens starting their studies in Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes taught in English in August 2017 or after that.

Students do not need to pay the tuition fee if they are:

  • EU/EEA citizen or a family member (spouse/child) of an EU/EEA citizen
  • equivalent to EU/EEA citizens (i.e. citizen of Switzerland)
  • already reside in Finland or some other EU country on a permanent basis (continuous A, or permanent P/P-EU residence permit type), or have an EU Blue Card

Applicants must submit documents confirming their residence permit status with their application. For more information on the required documents, please see Application documents.

The University of Tampere offers a substantial number of scholarships for the most talented fee-paying students. The scholarship scheme consists of two scholarship categories.

  • The University of Tampere tuition fee scholarships cover either 100% or 50% of the tuition fees in a two-year Master’s degree programme.
  • The University of Tampere global student award for academic excellence scholarships cover 100% of the tuition fees and include a 7,000 € annual scholarship to cover the student’s living expenses during the two-year Master’s degree programme.

Students apply for the scholarship as part of the application to the degree programme. Admitted applicants who have been granted a scholarship will be informed about this together with the admission decision.

For more information on who is required to pay the fee and on the available scholarships, please see Fees and Scholarships web page.

Admission procedure

Students are selected to the programme from those applicants who fulfil the official admission criteria. Candidates for admission should be well qualified and capable of benefiting from the programme of study.

Student selection is made on the basis of application documents; there is no entrance exam. Applicants are assessed on the following merits:

  • the applicant’s academic quality and the success and the relevance of the applicant's overall study record in the completed Bachelor's degree and other studies, judged primarily from the degree certificate and transcript of records
  • motivation to study specifically in this Programme; demonstrated interest in and commitment to research in gender studies (evidenced in the motivation letter and CV)
  • the applicant’s English language skills for academic purposes, judged from the certificate provided
  • relevant work experience as well as other merits and qualifications

The programme may arrange interviews to assess the most qualified applicants. The interviews are conducted by telephone or in Skype in February-March. The interviewees will be contacted using the contact details provided by the applicant on the application form. Prior to the interview, instructions will be sent to the interviewees by email. The purpose of the individual interview in English is to establish the applicant's motivation, and her/his aptitude and ability to discuss the content areas of the programme. An effort is also made to establish the applicant's social skills and language skills in English. Please note that only a selection of applicants may be interviewed.

Applicants who have not yet completed a Master's Degree or equivalent will be given priority in student selection.

After the assessment, the programme makes a proposal to the Dean on the students to be admitted. The Dean makes the final decision on admission.

Announcement of results and rectification procedure

Admissions results will be announced in March 2019 (to be confirmed). All applicants will be informed about the admissions results.

Please see the University's general instructions concerning rectification procedure:

Reserve list

Applicants may be placed on a reserve list. In case there are cancellations among the admitted students, applicants from the reserve list will be admitted in the order they have been placed.


Contact information

Eveliina Permi
Coordinator of International Education
Eveliina.Permi (at)