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MA Queer Studies

Explore the cultures that shaped us, and the cultures we shape, through an intersectional queer lens.

Year of entry: 2024 (September)


1 year full-time,
2 years part-time

Start date

September 2024 (semester dates)

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This course offers you the opportunity to explore LGBTQIA+ identities, communities, and cultures from a range of disciplinary perspectives.

You'll encounter primary materials from across the Arts and Humanities—which may include literary texts, auto/biographies, films and documentaries, visual artworks, manifestos and zines, and sound recordings and songs—along with cutting-edge theory and criticism. Throughout the programme, you will benefit from research-led teaching by internationally recognised experts in queer studies, while also being guided and supported in your own original research.

You'll be supported by a rich schedule of research seminars, conferences, and reading groups, and you'll be invited to play an important role in the thriving research culture of the faculty. Postgraduate life is channelled through the Humanities Research Centre, a vibrant interdisciplinary hub that enables you to form close social and intellectual bonds.

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Course content

In semester one, you will take the interdisciplinary core module ‘Queer Studies Across Disciplines’ and a second module selected from a diverse range of options. In semester two, you will take two option modules.


Core modules

Option modules

You will also study three option modules:

Our modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff, and in line with Department/School academic planning.


The dissertation is the pinnacle of the programme, and allows you to conduct an independent research project in an area (or areas) of queer studies, building on the critical and theoretical skills that you have developed in seminars and workshops.

The York approach

Every course at York is built on a distinctive set of learning outcomes. These will give you a clear understanding of what you will be able to accomplish at the end of the course and help you explain what you can offer employers. Our academics identify the knowledge, skills, and experiences you'll need upon graduation and then design the course to get you there.

Students who complete this course will be able to:

  • Analyse creative work by and about LGBTQIA+ identities, communities, and cultures closely and critically, interpreting a diverse range of primary materials with reference to the social, political, legal, and cultural contexts in which they were produced, disseminated, and received.
  • Evaluate arguments and trends in queer studies, building on existing scholarship to pursue new lines of critical and theoretical enquiry.
  • Critically evaluate methodological tools and approaches across disciplinary boundaries, and then draw together and develop approaches based on their own academic interests and research priorities.
  • Synthesise information from a range of primary and secondary materials, carefully evaluating and selecting materials to produce controlled, convincing, and creative argumentation.
  • Engage in verbal discussion of complex texts, artworks, and theories, demonstrating versatility, rigour, and confidence in the reception, appreciation, and articulation of high-level ideas and perspectives.
  • Direct their own development, bringing new knowledge and transferable skills to bear upon a range of contexts including, but not limited to, further academic study and careers in the cultural sector.
Now more than ever, amidst a global climate of queer hostility, queer studies is vital to our understanding of history, culture and society. This MA offers fresh, interdisciplinary, and intersectional approaches to seminal queer art; it is at the forefront of academic research.
Joan, English and Related Literature graduate.

Fees and funding

Annual tuition fees for 2024/25

Study modeUK (home)International and EU
Full-time (1 year) £10,590£23,900
Part-time (2 years) £5,295£11,950

Students on a Student Visa are not currently permitted to study part-time at York.

For courses which are longer than one year, the tuition fees quoted are for the first year of study.

  • UK (home) fees may increase in subsequent years (up to a maximum of 2%).
  • International fees may increase in subsequent years in line with the prevailing Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation rate (up to a maximum of 10%).

Fees information

UK (home) or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK (home) or international student. Check your fee status.

Find out more information about tuition fees and how to pay them.

Funding information

Discover your funding options to help with tuition fees and living costs.

We'll confirm more funding opportunities for students joining us in 2024/25 throughout the year.

If you've successfully completed an undergraduate degree at York you could be eligible for a 10% Masters fee discount.

Funding opportunities

Living costs

You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers additional costs that are not included in your tuition fee such as expenses for accommodation and study materials.

Teaching and assessment

You’ll work with world‐leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace.

Teaching format

You'll normally attend two 2-hour seminars each week. If you are a part-time student you'll attend one 2-hour seminar a week.

Seminar groups consist of fewer than 15 students in most modules, though some core modules may involve a larger number of students. You'll complete essential reading for each seminar, and we encourage you to read more widely around the topic.

You'll attend a series of training lectures and workshops, designed to address presenting your work, writing at MA level, transferable skills, and career development.

Over the course of the year, you'll give regular seminar presentations and attend research seminars and day conferences hosted by the Department. Many of these events will be organised through the Humanities Research Centre, a state-of-the-art facility unique to York.


As a postgraduate student in the Arts and Humanities, you’ll have access to the Humanities Research Centre, a vibrant interdisciplinary research hub in the heart of campus. With dedicated study spaces, social and academic events and an inspiring research environment, you'll have opportunities to make connections and think beyond your own subject area.

Teaching location

You will be based in the Department of English and Related Literature on Campus West. Most of your contact hours will be in locations nearby on Campus West. Some of your teaching may take place in King's Manor in the city centre.

About our campus

Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.

Assessment and feedback

You'll submit an essay for each module of approximately 4,500 words. The Postgraduate Life in Practice module will be assessed on the completion of a series of tasks connected to your core work for the MA. Your final assessment is a dissertation of 14,000-16,000 words.

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Careers and skills

This course provides an excellent grounding if you wish to pursue further academic study and careers in academia, education, and the cultural sector. Our proposed partnership with the Queer Britain museum will encourage you to consider careers in museum curatorship and management.

The advanced academic, writing, and research skills that you will gain through this MA are prized in the job market. You'll also be supported by the employability-linked sessions run by the Humanities Research Centre, and have access to careers sessions in areas related to your career aims.        

Career opportunities

  • Academia
  • Teaching
  • Journalist
  • Counsellor
  • Writer
  • Human Resources manager
  • Publisher
  • Heritage worker
  • Communications worker
  • Outreach worker

Transferable skills

  • Independent working
  • Time management
  • Efficient organisation
  • Critical reasoning
  • Effective argumentation
  • Written and verbal communication

Entry requirements

Typical offer
Undergraduate degree 2:1 or equivalent. We will consider applications from students with lower qualifications, particularly if you have high marks in relevant modules or appropriate professional experience.
Other international qualifications Equivalent qualifications from your country

English language

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

Minimum requirement
IELTS (Academic and Indicator) 7.0, minimum 6.5 in each component
Cambridge CEFR C1 Advanced: 185, with 176 in each component
Oxford ELLT 8, minimum 7 in each component
Duolingo 130, minimum 120 in all other components
LanguageCert SELT C1 with 33/50 in each component
LanguageCert Academic 75 with a minimum of 70 in each component
KITE 495-526, with 459-494 in all other components
Skills for English C1: Pass overall, with Pass in each component
PTE Academic 67, minimum 61 in each component
TOEFL 96, minimum 23 in each component
Trinity ISE III Distinction in all components

For more information see our postgraduate English language requirements.

If you haven't met our English language requirements

You may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. These courses will provide you with the level of English needed to meet the conditions of your offer.

The length of course you need to take depends on your current English language test scores and how much you need to improve to reach our English language requirements.

After you've accepted your offer to study at York, we'll confirm which pre-sessional course you should apply to via You@York.


You can apply and send all your documentation online. You don’t need to complete your application all at once: you can start it, save it and finish it later.

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