MA in Women, Violence and Conflict

The MA degree can be taken full-time over one year, or part-time over two years. In addition to the four compulsory modules (Difference, Diversity & Change; Interdisciplinary Methods in Women's Studies; Gender, Violence & Justice; Women, Citizenship & Conflict) and the 60 credit dissertation, students taking the MA Women Violence and Conflict will select a programme of research training modules to make up the remaining 40 credits, or opt to take Work, Politics & Culture and a further 20 credits of research training methods from the available selction. This programme should be agreed with the supervisor and submitted to Chair of Board of Studies. You will be allocated a supervisor for your dissertation which must be submitted towards the end of your final year.

Natalie, an MA Women, Violence and Conflict student writes:

'Welcome! I'd encourage students to take advantage of all the resources available to them - don't be shy! Everyone is the department is wonderful and more than willing to help. I'd encourage you to get to know your classmates - the beauty of this department is how amazingly interesting and diverse the students and professors are. I've learned more from my classmates than I ever anticipated. I'd say, frankly, READ. Read as much as you can on as many topics as you can - it's not often that you'll have the opportunity to engage these topics in depth in such a supportive environment with some of the greatest resources right in the department! Don't be afraid to not know, or to ask questions. Everyone is here to support you both academically and otherwise. Challenge yourself and appreciate the opportunity to feel uncomfortable sometimes! I'm sad my time here is almost over!!'

Natalie, MA WVC student

This programme aims:

  • to provide a solid grounding in interdisciplinary women's studies, emphasizing gendered aspects in relation to violence and conflict in inter/national contexts
  • to expose students to an interdisciplinary range of conceptual, theoretical and methodological approaches to and debates violence against women and in contexts of violent conflict
  • 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 methodologies to research questions related to issues of violence against women
  • to foster the development of a critical, self-reflexive and independent approach to research and scholarship, as well as the acquisition of transferable skills
Module Credits Weekly Teaching Assessment
Difference, Diversity & Change 20 1 x 2 hr seminar assessed essay
Interdisciplinary Methods in Women's Studies 20 1 x 2 hr workshop assessed portfolio
Gender, Violence and Justice 20 1 x 2 hr seminar assessed essay
Women, Citizenship and Conflict 20 1 x 2 hr seminar assessed essay
and 1 of research modules from:
Quantitative Methods & Data Analysis 20 1 lecture + 2 hr workshop assessed exercise
Qualitative Methods 20 1 lecture + 2 hr workshop assessed exercises
and Work, Politics & Culture
or an Option
20 1 x 2 hr seminar assessed essay
And the Dissertation;
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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