Gender Studies and English


  • Entry year 2024
  • Duration Full time 1 year, Part time 2 years


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Why Lancaster?

  • Discover how gender is portrayed in the 21st century, and compare this with literature from across the ages
  • Explore implications and public discussions related to #metoo, diversity and inclusion, gendered and racial violence, representations of difference, and unequal power dynamics in culture, publishing, and literature
  • Interact with professors and visiting academics in our Centre for Gender Studies, a research community in the UK that is active in feminist and inequality debate
  • Discuss and debate texts with our widely published scholars – thought leaders and respected voices in literary criticism and gender studies.
  • Debate contemporary social issues supported by experts who are leaders in gender and inequality research
  • Prepare for a future fighting social inequality through engaging with feminist activists and literary academics in seminars and workshops

Want to deepen your understanding of gender inequalities alongside studies in English literature? Maybe you’ll develop your voice to challenge social injustices or help shape the way organisations and governments operate.

Understanding inequality

Gender, sex and bodily discrimination affects all areas of society. During this course you’ll explore these inequalities and their intersections with areas like race and disability. The expertise you develop in this degree will allow you to take a sophisticated approach to contemporary issues facing society.

You’ll also join our community at the Centre for Gender Studies. Some of the most highly respected names in feminist literature have been involved with this Centre including Sara Ahmed, Beverley Skeggs, Maureen McNeil, and Imogen Tyler.

Examine issues of gender and inequality in literature

Alongside gender studies, you’ll also explore both modern and historical literature, examining voices in inequality across the ages. Our department has a particular strength in modern literature, and we’ll encourage an understanding of current changes in how gender is portrayed in literature. However, the course is wide-ranging and, from post-colonial women’s writing, to the works of the Romantics, you’ll analyse a range of literary forms such as poetry, novels, essays, autobiography and travelogues.


By the time you finish this course you will have significantly expanded your understanding of literary art forms. Your expertise in gender studies will enable you to broaden your understanding and help shape change in both the private and public sectors.

This course will equip you for a range of exciting and impactful roles in areas such as journalism, publishing, marketing, social care, and politics.

Our graduates have gone on to work in organisations such as the BBC and UNICEF, as well as to positions such as:

  • CEO of a women's organisation
  • Youth engagement worker
  • Innovation manager for a third sector organisation
  • Production editor for a publishing company
  • Social policy officer
  • Domestic abuse team leader

You may choose to continue your studies at PhD level to deepen your knowledge and continue into an academic career. Graduates of this course may also choose to pursue their own writing career.

Entry requirements

Academic Requirements

2:1 Hons degree (UK or equivalent) in Sociology, Gender Studies, English or a related field

We may also consider non-standard applicants, please contact us for information.

If you have studied outside of the UK, we would advise you to check our list of international qualifications before submitting your application.

English Language Requirements

We may ask you to provide a recognised English language qualification, dependent upon your nationality and where you have studied previously.

We normally require an IELTS (Academic) Test with an overall score of at least 7.0, and a minimum of 6.0 in each element of the test. We also consider other English language qualifications.

If your score is below our requirements, you may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language programmes.

Contact: Admissions Team +44 (0) 1524 592032 or email

Course structure

You will study a range of modules as part of your course, some examples of which are listed below.

Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research. Not all optional modules are available every year.



Fees and funding

Location Full Time (per year) Part Time (per year)
Home £11,500 £5,750
International £23,875 £11,935

General fees and funding information

Scholarships and bursaries

You may be eligible for the following funding opportunities, depending on your fee status and course. You will be automatically considered for our main scholarships and bursaries when you apply, so there's nothing extra that you need to do.

Unfortunately no scholarships and bursaries match your selection, but there are more listed on scholarships and bursaries page.

If you're considering postgraduate research you should look at our funded PhD opportunities.

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We also have other, more specialised scholarships and bursaries - such as those for students from specific countries.

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Important Information

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