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MA Women, Violence and Conflict

Investigate the gendered aspects of violence and conflict.

Year of entry: 2020

Length

1 year full-time,
2 years part-time

Start date

September 2020 (term dates)

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Violence and conflict are always gendered processes. Shining a critical light on gender helps us to understand violence and conflict better.

This MA is ideal for students looking to broaden their theoretical perspective on the area of women, violence and conflict through applying feminist theoretical approaches and a gendered lens. Attentive to intersecting categories, you'll form an awareness of how violence and conflict affect gendered lives differently in local and global contexts. 

The course's specialist focus on gendered experiences of violence and conflict provides the advanced knowledge suitable for further study and careers in organisations engaging with issues around human rights, politics and welfare support.

Founded in 1984, The Centre for Women’s Studies (CWS) at York is home to a thriving international community where you’ll study alongside prominent academics in an array of related fields, from terrorism and perpetrator studies to gendered citizenship, activism, and masculinity. You’ll benefit from interdisciplinary teaching and research which is supported by the departments of English and Related Literature and Sociology.

Research excellence

Ranked 1st in the UK for research quality in Sociology in the Times Higher Education's ranking of the Research Excellence Framework 2014.

Interdisciplinary learning

Explore perspectives across disciplines, led by academics actively engaged in a variety of fields.

Extracurricular events

Forge deeper connections with alumni at the CWS and cultivate your learning at our Feminist Research and Careers Skills (FRACS) workshops.

Course content

This course is designed to challenge preconceptions, broaden understanding and encourage reflection on the wider ethical implications of feminist research, including power relations and your own positionality as a researcher.

Modules explore a range of feminist approaches to violence and conflict, with a particular focus on how experiences and constructions of violence and conflict are gendered. You will develop practical research skills to undertake your own research project on the subject, adopting a reflexive practice and a critical awareness of the politics of research.

The programme's interdisciplinary and cross-cultural scope is inclusive to all students, regardless of background, culture or existing knowledge and competencies. We foster a diverse and engaging learning experience for all.

Modules

You'll take a total of 180 credits across the four core modules, one research methods module, one option module and the dissertation (60 credits).

Core modules

Research methods modules

Option modules

You will also take a compulsory IT session and Academic Integrity Module to ensure you have a basic knowledge of academic requirements and the digital literacy skills to optimise your learning and engagement with the course’s resources.

Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.

Dissertation

The final stage of the MA is the completion of a 15,000 to 20,000-word dissertation (60 credits). 

This is an opportunity to further develop and apply your skills to a research question and specialise in a particular area or research technique. 

Past dissertation research projects have included:

  • (Trans)Feminist Self-Defence: An Analysis of DIY Documents Produced by Current (Trans)Feminist Organizations in Spain
  • The "Two-Stage Victim Test": An Analysis of the Impact of Dominant Sexual Discourses on Women's Experience of Sexual Violence'
  • Reading the Violence in Romance: An Investigation into the Role of Violence in Contemporary Regency Romance Novels
  • Subtlety and Silence: A Philosophical Critical Discourse Analysis of the Fox News Coverage of the Steubenville Rape Case

You will be supported by your allocated dissertation supervisor who will provide supervisions and read drafts of your work. You'll be invited to attend the ‘Sisterhood in Action’ conference to discuss your provisional dissertation topic and research with staff and PhD students.

Dissertation workshops run in the Summer Term and are tailored to students' needs.

The York approach

Every course at York is built on a distinctive set of learning outcomes. These will give you a clear understanding of what you will be able to accomplish at the end of the course and help you explain what you can offer employers. Our academics identify the knowledge, skills, and experiences you'll need upon graduation and then design the course to get you there.

Students who complete this course will be able to:

  • Interrogate and explain complex issues and debates within Women’s Studies, including the problematics of the concept ‘gender’ and the differences among women with regard to categories such as race, ethnicity, class, age, dis/ability, sexuality
  • Analyse substantive issues relating to gender and violence through the application of interdisciplinary feminist approaches, with a nuanced understanding of the intersections between feminist thought and wider social and cultural debates on questions of violence
  • Critically engage with and account for how violence, conflict, and/or citizenship are gendered concepts and how they affect gendered bodies and gendered lives differently in local and global contexts
  • Recognise the complexity of power relations and how these inform one’s critical practice by demonstrating reflexive insight into the ethical and political issues inherent in scholarship
  • Apply and demonstrate sophisticated knowledge of different research methods/methodologies, with a nuanced understanding of their strengths and limitations
  • Plan, design and undertake a substantial independent research project on the subject of violence and/or conflict, through the application of appropriate theories and methodologies
  • Independently locate, manage, synthesise and present complex ideas from multiple sources through the use of digital skills
  • Communicate complex arguments cogently and with nuance in written and/or oral form to a standard expected of professionals and scholars
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'd ever imagined.
Natalie, MA Women, Violence and Conflict

Fees and funding

Annual tuition fees for 2020/21

Study modeUK/EUInternational
Full-time (1 year) £8,040£18,240
Part-time (2 years)
This is the year 1 fee. Fees for future years are subject to confirmation.
£4,020£9,120

Students on a Tier 4 Visa are not currently permitted to study part-time at York.

Additional costs

You may wish to buy any textbooks used in your modules, although this is not compulsory.

Fees information

UK/EU or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK/EU or international student.

Funding information

Discover your funding options to help with tuition fees and living costs.

If you've successfully completed an undergraduate degree at York you could be eligible for a 10% Masters fee discount.

Home/EU students

International students

Living costs

You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers additional costs that are not included in your tuition fee such as expenses for accommodation and study materials.

Teaching and assessment

You’ll work with world‐leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace.

Teaching format

Teaching is usually in the form of two-hour seminars which include group work and full class discussions. Seminars are led by a single tutor or run collaboratively by a team of academics.

You will be assigned a personal supervisor and you'll regularly meet with tutors in seminars and during arranged meetings.

Facilities

As a student at the CWS, you will have access to a common room shared by students, academics, visitors and other University staff. The common room houses a small library of general interest women's studies books, as well as course resources.

All of our module materials are available in the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

Teaching location

You will be based in the Centre for Women’s Studies on Campus West, where most of your teaching will take place.

About our campus

Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.

Assessment and feedback

You’ll be assessed in a number of different ways, depending on the modules you study.

Forms of assessment include:

  • presentations
  • reflexive journals
  • portfolio work
  • essays
  • dissertation

We pride ourselves on delivering detailed written and verbal feedback to all of our students. Whenever you complete an assessment you are encouraged to discuss your work with the tutors to improve your learning.

You’ll also receive feedback on assignments that don’t count towards your final grade, helping you to understand your strengths and identify areas for improvement.

Careers and skills

Our programmes emphasise a feminist sensitivity to difference and power relations, advocating transferable skills applicable in the realms of public engagement and career development. You will learn to analyse your own preconceptions and engage with a wide variety of social/political issues, facilitating your development into responsible global citizens.

Fostering enhanced analytical and critical thinking skills, and the ability to communicate complex ideas with nuance and awareness of difference and diversity, this MA in Women, Violence and Conflict also offers a suitable foundation for graduates wishing to pursue doctoral research.

Career opportunities

Our graduates have gone on to work in industries such as:

  • Academia
  • Journalism
  • Public sector
  • Charity
  • Non-governmental organisations

Transferable skills

  • Reflexive independent learning
  • The ability to research, source and examine information thoroughly
  • The capacity to critically analyse evidence and construct coherent arguments
  • Excellent written and oral skills
  • Intellectual independence and autonomy
  • Teamwork
  • A flexible and open-minded approach to work

Entry requirements

Qualification Typical offer
Undergraduate degree 2:1 or equivalent in a related subject.
Other qualifications and experience Applications from those with other qualifications may be considered on their merits. Applications are also welcomed from mature students and those returning to education.

English language

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

Qualification Minimum requirement
IELTS 6.5, minimum 6.0 in each component
PTE Academic 61, minimum 55 in each component
C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency 176, minimum 169 in each component
TOEFL 87, minimum of 21 in each component
Trinity ISE III Merit in all requirements

For more information see our postgraduate English language requirements.

If you've not met our English language requirements

You may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. These courses will provide you with the level of English needed to meet the conditions of your offer.

The length of course you need to take depends on your current IELTS scores and how much you need to improve to reach our English language requirements.

After you've accepted your offer to study at York, we'll confirm which pre-sessional course you should apply to via You@York.

Applying

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