University of York
Centre for Women's Studies

MPhil and PhD Degrees in Women's Studies

(Full-time or Part-time)


The postgraduate Centre for Women's Studies at York provides a flourishing interdisciplinary environment for research and is able to offer supervision in a wide range of Women's Studies issues to both full- and part-time students. Each year there are approximately 15 students studying for research degrees. Throughout their period of registration, students are given specialised research supervision in their main area of study. This is supported by an academic thesis panel, designed to offer additional help and guidance.

Intending applicants are encouraged to consult the list of staff interests to see whether the appropriate supervision is likely to be available for their proposed research. Currently, Women's Studies staff and research students are engaged in the following kinds of projects:

Degree Organisation

All students for research degrees register for the MPhil, in the first instance. Upgrading to PhD normally occurs during the third or fourth terms for full-time students, or their equivalents for part-time students. The main focus of the MPhil and PhD degrees is obviously on research and the writing of a thesis. In order to support these activities, students, in particular those whose work relates to historical or social science subjects, are required to take specially designed research training and methodology courses. For those pursuing research with a literary focus, training will be provided by the thesis supervisor. The two research training programmes both last one year for full-time students and two years for part-time students. That focusing on historical work covers such areas as: bibliographies, archives and sources; historiography, methodology and philosophy; computing, statistics and data bases. The course designed for more social science oriented work consists of: philosophy, including feminist epistemology; qualitative methods, including ethnography and interviewing; quantitative methods, including surveys, statistics and computer-aided analysis. Where appropriate it may be possible for students to take a combination of the two courses. Exemption from all or part of the formal courses may be possible for those who have already received equivalent training elsewhere. In addition to regular meetings with their supervisors and attendance at the training courses, if required, regular workshops, in which students can discuss the progress of their work in a supportive and constructive environment, are organised by the Centre. Research students are also encouraged to attend the regular programme of staff-graduate seminars.

Accommodation for research students, in the form of shared offices, with desks, shelving, filing cabinets and access to telephone, computer terminals, photo-copying and mailing facilities, is available in the Centre for Women's Studies on the third floor of Grimston House (adjacent to the new University Information Centre). Here, there is also a common-room available for student use, with easy chairs and where hot drinks can be made.

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