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Master's Programme Gender, Culture and Social Change 

Faculty Faculty of Social and Political Sciences
Duration / ECTS-Credits 4 semesters / 120 ECTS-Credits
Academic Degree
Master of Arts (MA)
Qualification Level
Master (Second Cycle)
ISCED-11: Level 7, EQF/NQF: Level 7
ISCED-F 0314 Sociology and Cultural Studies
Mode of Study
Study Code
UC 066 907
Curriculum Information on the Curriculum (2010W)*
Language of Instruction German
Admission Requirements
Relevant bachelor's degree or equivalent and Language Certificates

* Information on the Curriculum (2010W)

The complete version of the curriculum reflects the currently valid version of the curriculum. It is for informational purposes only and is not legally binding. The legally binding version of the curriculum, including any amendments, may be found in the University of Innsbruck Bulletins.

In order to determine which version of the curriculum is applicable in your case, see the Catalogue of Studies,
  available at:
  Section: Current Curriculum version.

University of Innsbruck Bulletins »


Relevant bachelor's degrees at the University of Innsbruck:

Criteria for the determination of equalence:

Admission to the master's degree programme may also be possible if a student has completed a bachelor's degree in a relevant related field. As part of the determination of equivalence, the following core areas of the completed bachelor's degree programme will be assessed:

A minimum of 20 ECTS-Credits from the following fields have to be completed:

  • Core area Methods of Cultural, Humanistic, Social or Economic Empiricism  
  • Core area Gender Issues in Cultural and Social Sciences
  • Core area Theorieentwicklung in den Bereichen Culture, Media and Society

Recommended Course Sequence

The exemplary course sequence given below is recommended for full-time students beginning their study programme in the winter semester. The table shows one possible course sequence for the bachelor's programme and is not compulsory. Delays resulting from repeated examinations are not taken into account.

The standard duration of the study programme is 4 semesters or 120 ECTS-Credits, whereby according to the Universities Act of 2002, a workload of 1,500 (real) hours per academic year must be fulfilled, corresponding to 60 ECTS-Credits (one ECTS-Credit is equivalent to a workload of 25 hours).

First Semester »

10 ECTS-Credits: Theories and History of Gender Relations I
10 ECTS-Credits: Difference and Heterogeneity in Migration Societies I
10 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module

Second Semester »

10 ECTS-Credits: Theories and History of Gender Relations II
10 ECTS-Credits: Difference and Heterogeneity in Migration Societies II
10 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module

Third Semester »

10 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module
10 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module
10 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module

Fourth Semester »

27.5 ECTS-Credits: Master’s Thesis
  2.5 ECTS-Credits: Master’s Thesis Colloquium

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Recommended course sequence for Master in Gender, Culture and Social Change

Qualification Profile and Skills

The Master's Programme Gender, Culture and Social Change treats gender as a hierarchical structural category that is closely connected to categories of ethnicity and social class in post-national and post-colonial constellations.

In this interfaculty master's programme, students acquire interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary scientific and vocational abilities that can be applied in both basic and empirical research capacities and in various occupational fields (e.g. education, administration, policy) in many different types of institutions (e.g. national and international organizations, NGOs, non-profit organizations, commercial enterprises).

The programme consists of five mandatory modules in which the theories and history of gender relations are treated in close connection to questions of difference and heterogeneity in migration societies. Furthermore, students complete five of nine elective modules that treat economics, culture and language, ethnicity, media, law, norms and globalization in their gender-specific dimensions and in connection with other social structures. An optional practical training course and the master's thesis complete the programme.

Expected Learning Outcomes

Graduates possess specialized knowledge of the theories and history of gender relations in close connection to questions of difference and heterogeneity in migration societies. They have the competences to formulate and substantiate questions pertaining to gender in scientifically correct manner, to substantiate arguments and to solve problems innovatively.

Future Prospects: Occupational Profiles and Career Opportunities

Based on systemic application of the gender perspective, the goal of this master's programme is to acquire skills and competences in difference and diversity, in intercultural questions, and in questions of migration, integration and development policy. These competences can be applied in educational institutions and in the media, in commercial organizations, in NGOs and non-profit organizations, in public administration, and in international organizations.

Postgraduate and further Studies at the University of Innsbruck

Relevant PhD/Doctoral Programmes degrees at the School of Social and Political Sciences, the Faculty of Educational Sciences, the Innsbruck University School of Management, the Faculty of Economics and Statistics, the Faculty of Language, Literature and Culture, the Faculty of Philosophy and History and the Faculty of Catholic Theology.


As part of the Master’s Programme, a Minor of 30 ECTS-Credits can be completed.

More information and a list of possible Minors can be found at:

Supplementary Programme Programme

Within the scope of the Study Programme, a Supplementary Programme corresponding to 45 ECTS-Credits may be passed. Admission to the Supplementary Programme requires the admission to or the having passed of one of the selected Study Programmes. Detailed information:

Information about examination regulations, assessment and grading

Examination regulations

The examination regulation is an integral part of the curriculum, detailed information can be found under the paragraph examination regulations.

Description of the applied grading system (including the grade distribution table) »

The grade distribution table is a statistical representation of the distribution of all successfully completed examinations in a given programme of study or subject (based on all registered students for the programme or subject). The grade distribution table is updated in regular intervals.

Austrian grading
Outstanding performance

= 100%


Generally good, but with some errors
Generally sound work with a number of substantial errors
Performance meets the minimum criteria
Substantial improvement necessary; requirement of further work
December 2020

Overall classification of the qualification

Not applicable
Explanation: An overall classification (mit Auszeichnung bestanden/pass with distinction, bestanden/pass, nicht bestanden/fail) – is awarded only for examinations that conclude a programme of study and consist of more than one subject (an examination of this type is not specified in the curriculum of this programme of study). 

Information about the Programme (in German only)

Forms (in German only)

Recognition of exams (in German only)

Contact and Information

Examination Office
Standort Universitätsstraße 15 Piktogramm barrierefreier Zugang

Associate Dean of Studies
Ass.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Heike Welte

Dean of Studies
Assoz. Prof. Mag. Dr. Petra Missomelius

Gender Studies


Information for students with disabilities

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