University of York
Centre for Women's Studies

MA in Women's Studies (Humanities)

(Taught full-time or part-time)

Course Organization

MA in Women's Studies (Humanities)
The MA degree can be taken full-time over one year, or part-time over two years. The taught component of this programme consists of two compulsory core modules, Approaches to Women's Studies 1 and 2; the choice of two options from a range which is updated annually; two research modules: Interdisciplinary Methods in Women's Studies and Debates in Feminist Research in the Humanities and a series of dissertation Workshops. In addition you will be allocated a supervisor for your dissertation which must be submitted towards the end of your final year.
This programme aims:
  • to provide a solid grounding in interdisciplinary women's studies, emphasizing gendered aspects of cultural life, representation and textual enquiry
  • to expose students to an interdisciplinary range of conceptual, theoretical and methodological approaches to and debates within women's studies
  • to familiarize students with the epistemological and philosophical underpinnings of feminist methodologies in the humanities
  • to foster the development of a critical, self-reflexive and independent approach to research and scholarship, as well as the acquisition of transferable skills
  • to provide candidates with a range of skills and competences appropriate to higher degree research in the Humanities
Module Credits Weekly teaching Assessment
Approaches to Women's Studies I 20 1 x 2 hr seminar assessed essay
Approaches to Women's Studies II 20 1 x 2 hr seminar assessed essay
Interdisciplinary Methods in Women's Studies 10 1 x 2 hr seminar assessed portfolio
Debates in Feminist Research (Humanities) 20 1 x 2 hr seminar assessed portfolio
Option 1 (humanities) 20 1 x 2 hr seminar assessed essay
Option 2 20 1 x 2 hr seminar assessed essay
Dissertation Workshops 10 1 x 2 hr workshop non-assessed
Dissertation 60 5 x supervisions 15 - 20,000 words

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Entry Requirements

Candidates for the MA will normally be required to have a good first degree (an upper second class degree or its equivalent), although applications from those with other qualifications may be considered on their merits. Applications are also welcomed from mature students and those returning to education.

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