University of York
Centre for Women's Studies

MA in Women's Studies
(Social Research)



Course Organization

MA in Women's Studies (Social Research)
The MA degree is taken full-time over one year. The taught component of this programme consists of two compulsory core modules, Approaches to Women's Studies 1 and 2; three social science methodology modules; and two research training modules; 'Interdisciplinary Methods for Women's Studies' and 'Research Design and Implementation' 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 equip candidates with the practical and intellectual tools necessary to undertake higher degree level social research on women and gender
  • provide a solid grounding in interdisciplinary women's studies, emphasizing gendered aspects of social and cultural life in relation to other social divisions and inequalities
  • 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 research methodologies, the politics and ethics of research, the principles of research design and to enable them to evaluate and apply a range of quantitative and qualitative methodologies to women's studies research questions.
  • to foster the development of a critical, self-reflexive and independent approach to research and scholarship
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 for Women's Studies 10 1 x 2 hr workshop assessed portfolio
Introduction to Social Research 20 1 lecture + 3 hr sem critical review
Quantitative Methods & Data Analysis 20 1 lecture + 2 hr wkshop assessed exercise
Qualitative Methods 20 1 lecture + 3 hr wkshop assessed exercises
Research Design & Implementation workshops 10 1 x 2 hr workshop dissertation proposal
Dissertation 60 5 x supervisions 14-16,000 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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