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Master's Programme in Law, Gender and Society

  • Number of credits 120 Credits
  • Study time 2 years (full time)
  • Level Master’s Degree
  • Study form Web-based (online)
  • Starting Autumn Term 2017

This programme prepares you to be able to respond, in working life, to societal challenges such as the difficulties to reach gender equality, to respect diverseness due to, for instance, ethnicity and sexual orientation, and also to decrease or tackle domestic violence. The programme is interdisciplinary, has a strong Nordic profile and represents both a continuation program for students, and in-depth knowledge for professionals in both the public and private sector.

Admitted to the programme

Here you will find everything you need to know before the programme starts.

While studying

After completing 60 credits, students may, on application, obtain a one-year Degree of Master of Science (Filosofie Magisterexamen). After completing 120 credits, students may, on application, obtain a two-year Degree of Master of Science (Filosofie Masterexamen).

The first and second semesters include four mandatory courses in both Gender Studies and Law:

  • Law and Society. Introductory Course, 15 credits
  • Gender Studies: Feminist Theory and Intersectional Analysis 15 credits
  • Critical Studies on Law and Gender in Nordic Contexts 15 credits
  • Critical Perspectives on Nordic Gender Equalities (CRIQ) 15 credits (alternatively Filosofie Magisterexamen: Student Thesis in Gender Studies or Law 15 credits)

During the third semester the student can select a profile through elective courses equivalent to 22,5 credits. The third semester also includes a mandatory methods course. During the final semester the students conclude the studies by a Master thesis in Gender Studies or Law equivalent to 30 credits.

  • Elective Courses 22,5 credits
  • Methods I 7,5 credits

Master thesis in Gender Studies or Law 30 credits. (Student who have completed a thesis within the program worth at least 15 credits during the second semester will further complete a thesis worth at least 15 credits during the fourth semester and also take the course Critical Perspectives on Nordic Gender Equalities (CRIQ) 15 credits).

Studying on the programme 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 programme have a guaranteed enrolment in all of the programme courses. This is an international programme with students coming from many countries. All teaching is done in English.

Career opportunities

The competence that this programme 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 or law. Competence in Gender Studies and Law 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.


Masters Degree 60 credits
Masters Degree 120 credits

Application and eligibility

Master's Programme in Law, Gender and Society, 120 hp

Visa tillfällen för föregående termin Autumn Term 2017 Det finns inga senare terminer för kursen

Second admission round for EU/EEA citizens

Programme starts

Autumn Term 2017

Type of studies

100%, Online learning (web-based)

Study location





A Bachelor´s Degree or professional higher educational degree or an International equivalent degree (equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, 180 ECTS). Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary course English A/5.


Academic credits

Application code



Application deadline was 18 April 2017. The application period is closed.

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 45,000

Total fee

SEK 180,000

Contact us

Contactpersons for the programme are: Emma Lind (semester 1 and 3)/Linda Sandberg (semester 2 and 4), Linda Sandberg

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Programme is given by
Forum for Studies of Law and Society