What is the Master’s Degree in Women, Gender and Citizenship Studies?

The Official Master’s Degree in Women, Gender and Citizenship Studies is an interdisciplinary Master’s qualification promoted by the Inter-University Women and Gender Studies Institute (IIEDG), which has an agreement with eight participating Catalan universities: Universitat de Barcelona (coordinator) (UB), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), Universitat de Girona (UdG), Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV), Universitat de Vic (UVic-UCC), Universitat de Lleida (UdL) and Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF).

This is an official, interuniversity Master's degree with a total study load of 90 credits and two specializations:

  • Theory, Criticism and Culture. Research Orientation
  • Women, Work and Public Policy. Professional Orientation

The degree can be studied in two modalities: as face-to-face course or as an on-line course.

The degree structure, specializations, subject areas and subjects are the same in both options. Students taking the on-line option will work via the Virtual Campus.

The course comprises a compulsory common subject area with a study load of 20 credits for both specializations; a compulsory specific subject area with a study load of 20 credits for each specialization; three optional/common subject areas with a total study load of 35 credits for each specialization; and a Master's Final Project with a study load of 15 credits.



In order to guarantee the coordination of the academic offering, the Master's Degree, as established in the Inter-University Agreement, has the following governing bodies and coordination mechanisms:

a) General coordinator of the Master's Degree who will be a professor at the Universitat de Barcelona.

b) Internal coordinator of the Master's Degree for each one of the universities, designated according to the criteria of each university.

c) Joint coordinating committee of the Master's Degree that will be the organ responsible for the development of the program, in which the internal coordinators of all the participating universities intervene.

Master's coordinator: Núria Pumar, Universitat de Barcelona

Coordinating commission: 

Núria Pumar, Universitat de Barcelona 

Olga Paz, Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona

Teresa Cabruja, Universitat de Girona

Caterina Riba, Universitat de Vic 

Inma Pastor, Universitat Rovira i Virgili

Marta Llorente, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya





General information



  • 8Catalan universities
  • 2Modalities and specializations
  • D Doctorate access
  • +50 Internship centres
  • 16Optatives
  • +200Students


The general aim of this Master's Degree is to train researchers and professionals who can incorporate the gender perspective into research, teaching and governance, and thus contribute to promoting equality and improving the well-being of women and men in a fair and equitable society. This twofold aim is reflected in the two specializations offered.

The Master’s degree has a teaching load of 90 ECTS credits* and is designed to be studied in two academic years (60 credits for each year). However, students can enrol between 20 and 60 ECTS credits per academic year. The number of credits specified at the enrolment will determine each student’s workload in hours.

*1 ECTS credit is equivalent to a workload of 25-30 hours, so 60 ECTS credits require full-time study, this being estimated at a minimum of 1500 study hours per year.



The Master in Women, Gender and Citizenship Studies consisis of two specializations: "Theory, Criticism and Culture" and "Women, Work and Public Policy".

The specialization in Theory, Criticism and Culture trains researchers and professionals capable of integrating a gender perspective into research, teaching and professional practice in scientific and technical fields of knowledge and in the social and human sciences.

The specialization in Women, Work and Public Policies trains professionals capable of contributing to the design, implementation and evaluation of public policies from a feminist gender perspective, as well as the design, implementation and evaluation of equality plans.

In both specializations, students will acquire knowledge about the theory and methodologies of Women's and Gender Studies. This knowledge will enable them to critically assess research in different disciplines.

The student enrolls in one of these two specialties. The chosen specialty cannot be changed once enrolled. Under no circumstances can subjects be held in a speciality other than the one initially chosen.



  • Holders of bachelor's degrees or equivalent undergraduate degrees and professionals (both men and women) who are interested in learning about the applicability of issues related to gender differences in their discipline or profession.
  • People who want to reflect on and act in institutional, political or professional environments to bring an end to gender discrimination and inequality.
  • People with a particular interest in critical intellectual work on the categories and discourses transmitted by cultural tradition who are concerned with the visibility or study of women's scientific, technical, philosophical and artistic works.
  • People with training in gender studies who now require an official qualification, as a result of the new professional roles shaped by equality legislation.



  • Training of gender consultants, a figure that has been relevant since the adoption of various spanish equality laws and will soon have an important role in companies, public administrations and the community.
  • Training required for workers in the media, NGOs, educational institutions, local and state administrations.
  • Training in research and gender-based analysis that offers academic oportunities such as conducting a future doctorate or participating in diverse programmes and projects that incorporate this perspective.

The Master in Women, Gender and Citizenship Studies began to be taught in the course 2007–08; currently, it has more than 200 students.



The topics around which teaching and research are linked to our master program, from a feminist perspective, are:

  • Feminist theory and methodology
  • Feminist economics
  • Gender equality plans
  • Spaces, urbanism, architecture and gender
  • Development and globalisation
  • Patriarchal violence
  • Family law and social security
  • Gender and Health
  • Work, gender and labour relations
  • Labour markets and inequalities
  • Feminist Law Analysis
  • Public policies and gender
  • Gender, Identities and Sexualities
  • Education and Gender
  • Literature, cinema and media
  • History of Women and Feminist Movements



Women, Work and Public PoliciesTheory, Critical and Culture
Specific competences
  • Be able to analyse women's relations with educational practices, health practices and the labour economy and/or public policies.
  • Apply gender perspective in projects and programmes in companies or the public sector.
  • Have acquired expertise in the application of the gender perspective to administrative and social tasks.
  • Be able to detect needs in different contexts, apply data collection techniques and analyse and integrate results.
  • Understand the ideological foundations and will be fully aware of new proposals for gender and sexual representation in areas such as scientific discourse, educational practices, ethical-political practices and the media.
  • Be able to face and creatively resolve current and complex issues of the study of culture and current events in the contemporary multicultural context.
  • Be able to develop their own original input in the context of advanced research and/or professional application.
  • Know the history of women in depth.
  • Be fully aware of the main theoretical currents in feminist and gender studies.
  • Understand paradigm shifts in feminism and its causes.
  • Apply the different theoretical models to the analysis of diverse and complex discourses (social, political, legal, philosophical, psychological, pedagogical) from a gender perspective.
  • Know the contributions of different disciplines to the study of the socio-cultural configuration of gender and sexuality.
  • Be able to draw up proposals and plans for gender equality in an institutional context.
  • Be able to develop tools to combat gender inequality.
Generic or transversal competences
  • Have developed the ability to work using an interdisciplinary approach in a range of environments.
  • Be able to provide creative, original input in different areas, with a gender focus.
  • Demonstrate an ethical commitment to combating inequalities.
  • Be able to resolve intercultural mediation issues, especially with regard to women’s groups.
  • Have the skills required to design, on their own initiative, a project or action plan related to gender policies, and to carry it out and address the problems that arise during the implementation process.
  • Be able to critically reflect upon their thoughts, decisions and actions.



The admissions criteria takes into account the student’s previous studies and academic record.


Number of places

  • 38 places in the face-to-face modality (19 for each specialty)
  • 38 places in the online modality (19 for each specialty)


Teaching modalities

Due to the interest this Master's Degree has in foreign students, as well as those who, due to their professional obligations or other circumstances cannot attend classes regularly, the online modality has been implemented. This modality follows the same curriculum, guaranteeing the same level of training and excellence of the teacher. Prior to choosing a modality, it is recommended that students carefully consult the curriculum and the schedules of the classes in the on-person modality. Studying this master's degree through the face-to-face modality requires regular attendance in classes (minimum 80%). Online mode is the appropriate alternative for those who cannot ensure such assistance.

The chosen specialty cannot be changed once enrolled. Under no circumstances can subjects be held in a speciality other than the one initially chosen.



The team that teaches the master’s degree consists of Catalonia’s leading academics in women’s and gender studies, non-academics with many years of experience in professions related to women and gender, and renowned foreign specialists: WGCS Master’s Faculty



The languages of the Master's Degree in Women, Gender and Citizenship Studies are Spanish and Catalan, as both languages are co-official in Catalonia. This bilingualism is specified as follows:

  • In-person teaching will be taught in the language chosen by each teacher that will be made public with the Studies Plan. Students from outside Catalonia are recommended to get familiar with Catalan before the start of face-to-face classes.
  • Teaching in the online modality will in any case be taught in Spanish and Catalan, as the Master's Degree is held from many places outside Catalonia. Educational materials, compulsory readings, communications on the virtual campus and forums will in any case be in Spanish and Catalan.

In both modalities, teaching materials can contain up to a maximum of 20% of texts in English. 

WARNING The instructions of the teachers, the interactions between students and the exercises are done in Spanish/Catalan. In case you aren't fluent in Spanish, it is advisable to improve your level before enroling.



Students can spend more than two academic years at the Master's Degree, provided that they comply with the tuition rules, which obliges them to enrol at least 20 ECTS credits per year.

Exceptionally, those with deep prior knowledge of the subject or with a broad career path, closely related to the master's degree, will be able to address the programme with a lesser dedication, always according to the indications they receive from academic coordination and from tutors.

The European credit model requires a commitment to regular assistance and the active participation of students in scheduled training activities.

When enrolling credits, students must take into account the following:

  • Each ECTS credit is equivalent to 25 hours of total student work between the face-to-face hours and the personal preparatory work.
  • As the new master's degree rules state, the subjects of 5 credits involve 125 hours of work for students.



The public fees for the master’s degree are fixed in accordance with the guidelines of the Catalan government.