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Programme syllabus:

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

Swedish name: Magisterprogram i genus, rättvisa och samhälle

This programme syllabus is valid: HT20 and valid until HT24 (newer version of the programme syllabus exists)

Programme code: SAGRA

Credit points: 60

Registration number: FS 3.1.3-2428-21

Responsible faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences

Established by: Faculty Board of Social Sciences, 2019-05-02

Revised by: Faculty Board of Social Sciences, 2021-12-07

Entry Requirements

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.


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

Description of the education for current education cycle

This education is offered on second cycle level. The targets for second-cycle courses and study
programmes can be found in Chapter 1, Section 9 of the Higher Education Act.

National goals for current degree

The national targets for the degree can be found in the Higher Education Ordinance, Appendix 2.

Local goals for current degree

For the Degree of Master of Science 60 credits the student should after the completion of the program be able to;
- understand, explain and analyze the complex interaction between gender, justice and society,

Examination format

Each course syllabus states what examination formats are to be used in each course.


Each course syllabus states what grades are to be used in each course. Those who pass an exam may not retake the exam for a higher grade.

Transfer of Credits

Student who considers themselves to possess knowledge from previous relevant studies or professional or vocational experience that can be comparable to a course or part of a course in the study programme, can apply for transfer of credits. Approved transfer of credits means that the student does not need to take the or those parts of the education that the decision covers. Information about transfer of credits can be found on Umeå University's web site.


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 programme runs for two semesters, 60 ECTS altogether. Under the heading Outline the courses that make up the programme are presented. Courses are taken in the order that the outline presents, however the specific order can be changed. Compulsory courses are courses that all students within the study programme normally take. A student who takes a study programme is guaranteed a place on all compulsory courses under the condition that the entry requirements for the course in question have been met. Entry requirements are stated in each course syllabus. All courses are full time, online, courses. All teaching is done in English.

For the Degree of Master of Science 60 Credits the student must have completed a thesis of 15 Credits at advanced level in gender studies. Information about separate courses can be found in the course syllabus.

Deferment of studies

Information about deferment of studies can be found on Umeå University's web site.

Approved leave from studies

Information about leave from studies can be found on Umeå University's web site.


Information about non-completion can be found on Umeå University's web site. Students who interrupt their education shall notify their dropout to the Program Coordinator.


Access to courses in the program is governed by the course syllabus.


Valid from: HT22

To find out what compulsory courses are, please read under the section "General" above.

Semester 1

Feminist Theories 7,5 credits

Gender and Law 7,5 credits

Gender and Work 7,5 credits

Gendered Violence 7,5 credits

Semester 2

Equality in policy and practice 7,5 credits

Methodology 7,5 credits

Magister Thesis 15 credits