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Master's programme in Gender, Justice and Society

  • Number of credits 60 credits
  • Study time 1 year (full time)
  • Level Master’s Degree
  • Study form Web-based (online)
  • Starting Autumn Term 2024

Do you already have a bachelor's degree and are interested in questions regarding gender and power relations? This online program prepares you for a working life in which advanced knowledge and critical perspectives in areas such as equality, social norms, power and equal treatment are required. The program has a strong interdisciplinary profile where you as a student gain perspective on gender, ethnicity, sexuality and class from different disciplines.



Feminist Theories

Gender and Law

Gender and Work

Gendered Violence


Equality in Policy and Practice

Magister Thesis


While studying

This program is for you who have a bachelor's degree and are interested in questions regarding gender and power relations.

Profile your education and acquire an expertise

Master's program in Gender, Justice and Society has an open admission requirements, where a bachelor's degree gives you eligibility to study Gender Studies at the advanced level, i.e. you who have not previously studied gender studies are also eligible. The program gives you a unique opportunity to profile your education and acquire an expertise in an area that is increasingly in demand.

The program is aimed at students and professionals in the public and the private sectors as well as organizations, and who have a Bachelor´s Degree (equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, 180 ECTS) in gender studies or similar and want to benefit from deeper knowledge in  gender studies.

The program runs for two semesters, 60 ECTS altogether. After completing 60 credits, students may, on application, obtain a one-year Degree of Master of Science (Filosofie Magisterexamen).

Study online

Studying on the program means that the student actively search for knowledge. The teaching is given through an electronic Learning Management System where the student takes part in lectures and seminars. Individual written assignments are the main form for examination.

The studies are characterized by a high degree of independent and active search for knowledge, and critical scientific analysis. Students who follow the program have a guaranteed enrolment in all of the program courses.

An international program

This is an international program with students coming from many countries. All teaching is done in English.

Programme overview

Career opportunities

The competence that this program gives can be put to use in work on issues such as gender equality and equal treatment. The positions may be as e.g. administrative staff, strategists, consultants, analysts, trainers, human resource officers, information officers, and also work including implementation, assessment or evaluation of policy. Competence in Gender Studies is also central in international work on peace-building, aid and development, human rights, gender equality or equal treatment in regional and national associations, or organizational work.


Degree of Master of Science (60 credits). Main field of study: Gender Studies. Specialisation: Gender, Justice and Society.

Application and eligibility

Master's programme in Gender, Justice and Society, 60 credits

Visa tillfällen för föregående termin Autumn Term 2024 Det finns inga senare terminer för kursen

Second admission round for EU/EEA citizens

Programme starts

Autumn Term 2024

Type of studies

100%, Distance

Study location





A Bachelor's degree or equivalent first-cycle qualification comprising of at least 180 ECTS or a corresponding qualification from an internationally recognised university. Proficiency in English to meet the general entry requirements for higher studies in Sweden. Entry requirements


Academic credits completed by the last application date (in the range of 30-285 credits equivalent to ECTS)

Application code



The online application opens 15 March 2024 at 13:00 CET. Application deadline is 15 April 2024. How to apply

Application and tuition fees

As a citizen of a country outside the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees for studies at Umeå University.

Application fee

SEK 900

Tuition fee, first instalment

SEK 46,500

Total fee

SEK 93,000

Common questions

Is the program completely online?

Yes, the program is completely online. This means that there are no physical meetings in Umeå. However, there are some scheduled online meetings where you will interact with your teachers and fellow students in a digital classroom.

Teaching and learning forms
Different strategies for teaching and learning will be used, both synchronous (live) and asynchronous (not live) content, mainly recorded lectures and written assignments, but also online lectures, group discussions and various forms of individual and group exercises on selected topics.

What are the language skills required?

The requirement is the equivalent of the Swedish course English 6.

For more information about to demonstrate that you meet the English requirements:  https://www.universityadmissions.se/en/entry-requirements/english-language-requirements/

What selection criteria is used?

Academic credits.

How to apply?

The application process is managed by the Swedish Council for Higher Education. Information about admission and the admission process can be found at University admissions: https://www.universityadmissions.se/en/apply-to-masters/

Do I need to send in CV, Motivation letter or Recommendation letters?

No, none of those documents are required. If you send them anyway they will not be considered.

Are there any tuition fees?

Application and tuition fees will be introduced for citizens outside the EU/EEA and Switzerland, beginning with the autumn term 2011.

Read more about tuition fees: https://www.umu.se/en/education/fees-and-scholarships/

When to apply?

The programme will be open for applications in the second application round.

Contact us

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Contactperson for the programme is:
Programme coordinator