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Global Gender Studies, Elective study profile of International Relations

Master (2 years) of Science (MSc) in Social Sciences in International Relations, 120 ECTS
Humanities, social sciences, communication and arts Interdisciplinary Studies

Institution Aalborg University (AAU)
Campus Aalborg
Duration 2 years
Tuition per term (Non-EU/EAA/CH) 3582 EUR
Tuition per term (EU/EAA/CH) 0 EUR


Global Gender Studies is a profile of the Master of International Relations and will provide students with knowledge about and insight into the area of gender and global studies and will include discussions of specific cases and case studies in which gender and struggles for equality and social justice can be understood from local, regional and global perspectives (including in the context of institutions such as the EU and the UN). Specific emphasis will be placed on the history of gender and equality policies within the fields of development and international relations, on possibilities and limitations of international law and human rights, and on analyses of gender and equality policies in various contexts and parts of the world.

Students will also be introduced to gender perspectives on global governance and global democracy. Global governance signals a particular interest in the management of transnational issues by international organizations, other non-state actors and sovereign states with a particular focus on informal processes and activities of governing. Contemporary challenges to global governance include amongst others democratic problems of legitimacy, authority and accountability as well as trends towards increased nationalism, populism and de-democratization. Gender perspectives upon global governance will here be discussed from 'top-down', 'bottom-up' and transnational perspectives.

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Career Opportunities  

The Global Gender Studies programme's specific focus on gendered perspectives upon structures and processes in international law (including human rights), equality politics on national, transnational and international levels, global democracy and governance, international institutions and transnational actors opens the door to a variety of professional career possibilities where gender and discrimination are a central component, such as in Nordic, European and international organisations, NGOs, institutions and universities.


Global Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary specialisation. A bachelor’s degree in social sciences or humanities such as history, political science, sociology, migration studies, international studies, human geography, law or anthropology qualifies for admission.

In addition, documentation may be required verifying that your proficiency in English is at a specified level.
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Apply directly at Aalborg University with all relevant documentation.

To find out whether the level of your foreign certificate or diploma satisfies the general entry requirements, you should contact Aalborg University directly.

A list of the most commonly recognized exams and diplomas can be found at the Danish Agency for Higher Education

Exchange students should contact their home institution for information on application procedures and deadlines.


There is a tuition fee for all full-time degree students outside EU, EAA, or from Switzerland. Students within an exchange programme are not required to pay tuition.

For Further Information

Information from the Danish Agency for Higher Education can be located at

You will find information about the Danish assessment of foreign qualifications in Guide to diploma recognition

About the Educational System in general visit the section The Danish Higher Education System

Autumn | Non-EU and EU applicants

Application date
Mar 01
Start date
Sep 01


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