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, Difference, Diversity & Change and Work, Politics & Culture; one compulsory research module, Interdisciplinary Methods in Women's Studies; the choice of three options from a range which is updated annually (including a further research module if so wished, Qualitative Methods) and the 60 credit dissertation. You will be allocated a supervisor for your dissertation which must be submitted towards the end of your final year.

Gilly, a part-time MA (Humanities) student writes:

'One of the most valuable aspects of being an MA student is having the opportunity to develop your own particular areas of interest in a creative and empowering environment. I felt like part of a wonderful international family where my ideas were always encouraged and supported.'

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
Difference, Diversity & Change 20 1 x 2 hr seminar assessed essay
Work, Politics & Culture 20 1 x 2 hr seminar assessed essay
Interdisciplinary Methods in Women's Studies 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
Option 3 or Qualitative Methods 20 1 lecture + 2 hr workshop assessed exercises
Dissertation 60 5 x supervisions 15 - 20,000 words

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.

Last Updated: February 17, 2016 |

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