MA in Women's Studies (Social Research)

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; three social science methodology modules; and one research training module; Interdisciplinary Methods for Women's Studies. In addition you will be allocated a supervisor for your 60 credit dissertation which must be submitted towards the end of your final year.

Rachel, an MA (and now PhD) student writes:

'The MA Women's Studies (Social Research) gives you the chance to get to grips with a whole variety of both qualitative and quantitative research methods. In that way it is very practical and useful, both for the MA dissertation and any possible further study/research work you may undertake. It is also a great chance to meet lots of people from all over the world and make some wonderful friends!'

This programme aims:

  • to equip candidates with the practical and intellectual tools necessary to undertake higher degree level social research on women and gender
  • to 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
Difference, Diversity & Change 20 1 x 2 hr seminar assessed essay
Quantitative Methods & Data Analysis 20 1 lecture + 2 hr wkshop assessed exercise
Qualitative Methods 20 1 lecture + 3 hr wkshop assessed exercises
Interdisciplinary Methods in Women's Studies 20 1 x 2 hr workshop assessed portfolio
and 2 from:      
Work, Politics & Culture 20 1 x 2 hr seminar assessed essay
Options 20 1 x 2 hr seminar assessed essay
Advanced Social Research Methods 20 2 lecture + 2 hr workshop assessed exercise
Digital by-product Data and the Social Sciences 20 2 lecture + 2 hr workshop assessed exercise
And the Dissertation:
Dissertation 60 5 x supervisions 14-16,000 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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