Centre for the Study of Sexual Dissidence

How it Works

"The students, the teachers and the politics were excellent. It is not only about sexuality. I was taught about race, about class – I learned what power really is ... The MA taught me a lot about desire. I also learned that sexuality is not only about LGBT issues, that it is about norms and how people live around them and challenge them."
- He Xiao Pei, Sex Diss MA graduate

For more detailed information about the MA, download the Sex Diss MA Brochure. You can learn more about how to apply here.

The MA involves two required core modules: Critical Issues in Queer Theory (in the School of English) and one of the following options in the School of Global Studies: Global Queer (IR focus) or Sexuality and Development (Development focus). These give you a thorough grounding in issues and approaches in queer studies.

Two optional modules allow you to tailor the course to your interests. You can study these in the School of English, the School of Global Studies, the School of Law, Politics, and Sociology, the School of History, Art History, and Philosophy, and the School of Media, Film and Music.

Optional modules could include:

  • Gender Politics and Social Research 
  • Gender, Sexuality, and the Postcolonial 
  • Sexuality and Development
  • Queering Popular Culture
  • Sexualities and Digital Culture

The full-time course of study for the MA is one full academic year. Part-time students complete the degree within two years. After finishing their coursework, students complete the degree by preparing a research dissertation of 15,000 words. You can explore our people page to see some of the faculty that might teach or supervise you on the MA.


Read More

Explore our Sex Diss Stories page, where you can read about the experiences of some of our former MA students

Don't forget to download the Sex Diss MA Brochure

Find out how to apply here

Explore our events - QueoryFilm Club, and Reading Group

Contact the MA Convenors

Dr Elizabeth Mills, School of Global Studies

Dr. Rachel O'Connell, School of English