Founded in 1984, the Centre for Women's Studies at York (CWS) is among the most well-established bases for feminist and gender-oriented teaching and research, both in the UK and internationally.
We adopt a women-centred and interdisciplinary approach to the changing nature of both women's experiences and gender relations. By drawing on a range of disciplines - cultural studies, history, literature, philosophy, politics, sociology, social policy - we explore the differing perspectives each has to offer, as well as the creative tensions between them.
Our taught Masters courses
- Women, Violence and Conflict (MA)
- Women's and Gender Studies (GEMMA) (MA)
- Women's Studies (MA)
- Women's Studies (Humanities) (MA)
Our research degrees
Why study Women's Studies at York
Ranked 1st in the UK for research impact in Sociology, according to the Times Higher Education's ranking of the latest REF results (2021).
Explore perspectives across disciplines, led by academics actively engaged in a variety of fields.
Forge deeper connections with alumni at the CWS and cultivate your learning at our Feminist Research and Careers Skills (FRACS) workshops.