MA in Women's Studies

The MA degree can be taken full-time over one year, or part-time over two years. In addition to the four compulsory modules (Approaching Women's Studies; Ways of (Feminist) Knowing; Qualitative Methods; Feminist Research Methodologies) and the 60 credit dissertation, students taking the MA in Women's Studies will select a a further two modules from a programme of research training modules and option modules to make up the remaining 40 credits. 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.

Sara, a part-time MA student writes:

'I found CWS to be the most encouraging educational environment I have ever been in. The staff are very welcoming and interested in their students. My class developed a great sense of trust within the group, facilitated excellently, that meant people could speak freely and gain from other people sharing their life experiences. The curriculum is broad and so I felt we looked at women and their lives from many different angles. Some of the theory is challenging but taught well and with good reading lists to make life easier. I would actually recommend the course to anyone whether they thought it was their chosen discipline or not as the content was so interesting and relevant. I had had a ten year gap between my degree and masters and was nervous about " making the grade" but there was lots of 1:1 support, especially on the first module, which really helped.'

This programme aims:

  • to provide a solid grounding in interdisciplinary women's studies, emphasizing gendered aspects of social and 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 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 women's studies research questions
  • 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
Approaching Women's Studies 20 1 x 2 hr seminar assessed essay
Ways of (Feminist) Knowing 20 1 x 2 hr seminar assessed essay
Qualitative Methods 20 1 lecture + 2 hr workshop assessed exercises
Feminist Research Methodologies 20 1 x 2 hr workshop assessed portfolio
and a selection of 2 options from:
Options 20 1 x 2 hr seminar assessed essay
Quantitative Methods & Data Analysis 20 1 lecture + 2 hr workshop assessed exercise
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: August 22, 2017 |

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