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GEMMA Erasmus Mundus Master’s Degree in Women's and Gender Studies - is a postgraduate programme that consists of two years of study (120 ECTS) at two chosen centres out of the seven prestigious European universities that participate in the Consortium.

The Home University is the university where you start the programme and complete the first year of study, while the Mobility University is the university where you complete the compulsory mobility semester in the second year of study (and in some cases the fourth semester as well). When applying to GEMMA, you can choose a combination of any two of the seven European universities, except Granada-Oviedo or Oviedo- Granada (please see the “Mobility combinations” section below for more details).


The programme is divided into four semesters as follows:

1st YEAR 60 ECTS

1st semester30 ECTSCore modules, taken at the Home University and organised around the same three modules at all consortium universities (Feminist History; Feminist Theory; Feminist Methodology)
2nd semester30 ECTSElective courses taken at the Home University

2nd YEAR 60 ECTS

3rd Semester30 ECTSElective courses taken at the Mobility University (mandatory mobility period)
4th semester30 ECTSMaster’s thesis at either the Home or the Mobility University

The languages of instruction used by the Consortium universities are:

Granada – Spanish (first year: Home), English and Spanish (second year: Mobility)

Oviedo - Spanish (first year: Home), English (second year: Mobility)

Bologna – Italian and English

CEU, York, Lodz and Utrecht – English


In the selection process you are encouraged to indicate your preference for 2 universities where you want to study: your Home University and your Mobility University. For every new edition of GEMMA each individual mobility path is decided upon during the Consortium student selection meeting.

The students’ choices and their areas of study are carefully reviewed at this stage. Whenever possible student preferences are respected, as long as a balanced distribution of students among all consortium member institutions is kept. However, due to the high number of applications to our programme, there is a possibility that you will be offered a different mobility route than the one you originally requested.

Students can start at any of the consortium institutions and all mobility paths are available providing they involve institutions from two different countries (thus excluding Granada-Oviedo/Oviedo-Granada), which makes a total of 54 different mobility paths:


This structure of the programme and the design of mobility paths address the diverse needs of gender students in three major ways:

1. Students are able to get a solid education in the fundamentals of Women´s and Gender Studies at the home institution in the first year of their studies, where they complete core courses and make the first choice of elective courses.

2. Students are then able to broaden their knowledge in a chosen area within the discipline through the completion of the elective courses at the partner institution. These courses are selected according to the student's choice of specialisation and their thesis research area.

3. Students have a possibility of comparing perspectives from different European and non-European countries and national and local contexts, which contributes to the development of the discipline internationally.


Students can choose from the elective modules offered by each partner university according to the research areas within Women's and Gender Studies they wish to concentrate on. The course offer is à-la-carte: broad, interdisciplinary and constantly updated to reflect the current developments in Gender Studies. Partner institutions complement each other in their specialisations: Human and Social Sciences and Health Sciences at the University of Granada, Feminist Theories, Gender and Sexuality, Masculinities, Violence and Contemporary Culture in the University of York, Cultural Studies and Ethnicity in Utrecht, Postcolonial Studies in Oviedo, Post-state socialism at CEU and Visual Culture in Lodz.


The course list may be subject to slight changes annually.

HERE you can find the GEMMA courses offered at all partner universities.
HERE you can find the general GEMMA course list and detailed information about the courses offered in Granada: Contents and schedules.

The Consortium universities organize summer schools which are offered to GEMMA students. The University of Utrecht coordinates Noise Summer School, in which most GEMMA institutions participate; while Granada, CEU and Bologna have also offered their own gender summer schools since 2006.

For more information regarding Summer School here

Master's thesis: 4th semester (30 ECTS). In this module students are expected to write a 20,000 to 30,000 word dissertation, relevant to the area of Women’s and Gender Studies. This research project must provide a new insight into the subject, be clearly formulated, and be supported by a theoretical framework and valid conclusions confronted with former theories.

The thesis can be completed either at the Home or at the Mobility University (with the exception of Utrecht, where a full year mobility will be required for EM scholarship holders) according to the student´s choice and research interests. It is jointly supervised by the faculty of both institutions in order to ensure its academic quality, fuller support to the student and recognition from the Home and the Mobility institution. It can be written in any of the three official languages of instruction.

For more information regarding the Master's Thesis here
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