Gender Studies - Intersectionality and Change, Master's Programme

120 credits

Become an agent for change! This one-of-a-kind master’s programme makes you highly skilled in analysing how social and cultural change can be initiated or sustained by integrating a critical understanding of gender and intersectionality.

Gender Studies - Intersectionality and Change, Master´s Programme

Autumn 2023 / Full-time / Linköping

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Gender Studies - Intersectionality and Change, Master´s Programme, Distance

Autumn 2024 / Full-time / Linköping

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The programme focuses on intersectional gender, i.e. gender and its interplay with other social categorisations and power differentials such as sex, ethnicity, class, nationality, sexuality, age, and (dis)ability.

If you are passionate about cutting-edge research developments in the transdisciplinary field of Gender Studies and are attracted by the idea of challenging existing norms and structures in society – this is the programme for you.  A key ambition is to build an understanding of the links between theory,  activism, professional development and career paths. Students taking the programme usually have a wide range of educational and professional backgrounds, for example in cultural studies, philosophy, media and communication, sociology, pedagogy, history, literature, , peadagogy, political science, and business administration. The programme is offered as a one‑year option, 60 credits, or a two-year option, 120 credits.

To give you the latest update on current research, we invite you to take part in seminars at the internationally renowned Unit for Gender Studies. This is one of the largest interdisciplinary research and teaching units for intersectional gender studies in the Nordic countries.

The programme combines online distance education with two mandatory on-campus gatherings per academic year. You will interact with your teachers and fellow programme members in a digital classroom. The forms of instruction, which are based primarily on the use of the internet, place greater demands on your own activity than a purely campus-based programme.

Future opportunities

You will be equipped for a career in higher education and research as well as professional work with intersectional gender in organisations, media, communication and politics. This programme is also appropriate for you who want to boost your current career through further training within gender work.

Syllabus and course details

A detailed syllabus, curriculum, and information on the courses you may take can be found in our study information database via the link below. Entry requirements and tuition information can be found by selecting the drop-down ”Admission requirements” available under the Autumn 2024 tab.


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Alumni insights

Lisette Frandsen-Albrechtsen in front of a UN logo.

Lisette Frandsen Albrechtsen, Gender Analyst at United Nations Development Programme, Jordan

The reason I chose Linköping University is because of Sweden’s track record in gender studies and being known for taking this area of study very seriously.

The studies definitely helped me perform my job as a Gender Analyst with UNDP. I gained so much knowledge during my time at LiU and I appreciated to have enriching discussions between students and professors.






Research and education of the Unit of Gender Studies put focus on meanings of gender in culture, society, economics, technology, knowledge production, and science from an interdisciplinary perspective. Gender is studied in its intersections with other social categories (ethnicity, sexuality etc.).

Application & admission

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