Postgraduate taught 

Gender History MSc/PgDip

Core and optional courses

Core and optional courses

Core course

Gender, Politics and Power (Semester 1)

This course will introduce students to the key theoretical frameworks and approaches in gender history using a series of key texts (primary and secondary) covering the medieval to the modern period (staff permitting) and focusing primarily on Britain and Europe. Beneath the broad theme of 'gender, politics and power' students will engage with theoretical readings and applied texts which will provide a firm grounding in the variety of approaches to gender and how these might be applied in specific contexts. Specific themes and readings may vary depending on available teaching staff.

Gender, Culture and Text (Semester 1)

This course will introduce students to approaches to Gender Studies by focusing on the interpretation and contextualisation of various forms of text. Written texts (historical as well as contemporary ones), oral self-narration, visual texts and other sources related to such themes as feminist theories, women's writing, masculinities, sexualities, the body, postcolonialism, performance, travel-writing and modernism will be critically discussed and given meaning by looking at the gendered nature of interpretation and expression.

Research, Resources and Skills for Historians (RRSH) (Semesters 1 and 2)

RRSH prepares you for the forms of assessment you will encounter on the programme, especially the dissertation. It covers:

  • Historical skills and methodologies
  • Locating dissertation sources
  • Proceeding either to PhD or relevant employment

This course includes both compulsory and optional classes, catering for all members of our diverse Masters History cohort:

  • Students coming directly from a first degree in History
  • Students who have previously studied related subjects
  • Students returning to higher education after a gap
  • International students

Assessment: core course

RRSH uses innovative and traditional methods of assessment: a development log, a poster presentation and a dissertation proposal.

Optional courses

You can choose courses in History programmes in the College of Arts and the College of Social Science, including:

  • Scottish History
  • Medieval History
  • Early Modern History
  • Modern History
  • History of Medicine

With permission, you can also take courses from other subjects in the College of Arts and in other colleges, including American Studies, War Studies, Classics and many others.


You should begin identifying a dissertation topic, and the relevant sources, at an early stage. In late April and early May you give a dissertation poster presentation, and submit a dissertation proposal. The final part of the programme is devoted to researching and writing up your dissertation, with the support of an assigned supervisor.

Programme alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student Contract