The aim of this interdisciplinary master's degree programme in Gender studies is to teach students in-depth specialised knowledge and give them the ability to master the core elements of the subject and apply basic theories and methods. Gender Studies requires a cross-disciplinary approach that links together the perspectives and methods of multiple disciplines and drives theory-guided, empirically sound and application-related research. Well-founded knowledge about Gender studies, theories and methods is taught to enable students to analyse the complexity of gender as a category, thereby helping them understand gender as a social and cultural construct in the past and present. Emphasis will be placed on the following areas: 'Gender, body and sexuality', 'Gender and social orders', 'Gender, economics and material culture', 'Gender in the political arena' and 'Gender, media representation and symbolic orders'. The Master's programme additionally gives students the specialised academic knowledge and general competencies required to continue on with doctoral studies or successfully enter into a profession.

The courses are taught in German language and a sufficient German language proficiency is required latest by matriculation. A matriculation without a proof of language proficiency is not possible.


The knowledge and competencies acquired by students in the master's degree programme in Gender Studies who earn the degree Master of Arts (M.A.) will qualify them to work as gender experts in academia or science and at a variety of institutions in the public and private sectors:

  • Universities, universities of applied sciences and research institutes
  • Cultural and educational institutions
  • Institutes involved in public relations and marketing
  • Publishing and media enterprises
  • In the fields of gender mainstreaming and diversity management
  • Non-governmental organisations and other political institutions
  • Associations and political parties
  • Public health and sports organisations
  • Gender centres and equality organisations


The programme starts in summer and winter semester and the standard period of study is four semesters.
In the master's degree programme, students can choose between a purely specialised curriculum or they can combine gender studies with another subject. Please observe the admission requirements for module packages stipulated in the Examination Regulations for the respective subject.
Further information on elective module packages (German)

The course of studies comprises 120 credits distributed over 4 semesters as follows:
a) 78 credits for the major:
Gender Studies comprising 78 credits or Gender Studies comprising 42 credits in combination with an admissible module package outside the major comprising 36 credits,
b) 12 credits for the key competencies
c) 30 credits for the master's thesis.

This Master's degree programme is suited for part-time study.


Applicants must have a bachelor‘s or equivalent degree in gender studies or a closely related field. For studies not yet completed at the time of application, a minimum of 150 credits (ECTS points) is required. For further information, please refer to the Application for the Master`s Degree Programme Website.

Formal requirements are as follows:

  • A minimum of 50 credits in gender studies
  • Applicants whose native language is not German must provide proof of DSH 2, TestDaF (4x4) or telc C1.