University of York

University of York

Women's Studies (Humanities)

The MA programme aims to provide a solid grounding in interdisciplinary women's studies, emphasising gendered aspects of social and cultural life, representation and textual enquiry; it aims to expose students to a range of conceptual, theoretical and methodological approaches to and debates within women's studies; it also aims to familiarise students with the epistemological and philosophical underpinnings of feminist methodologies in the humanities; to provide candidates with a range of skills and competences appropriate to higher degree research in the Humanities.Post Graduate Diploma - this is a programme for students who wish to follow the taught MA course but not write the dissertation. The diplomas are available in all 4 courses.

Entry requirements

Candidates for the MA will normally be required to have a good 1st degree (an upper 2nd 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.

Course modules

Module includes: difference diversity and change; work politics and culture; qualitative methods; interdisciplinary methods in women's studies; dissertation. Choice of 2 options (updated annually): Feminism and Sexuality (Stevi Jackson); Diaspora and Gendered Identity (Gabriele Griffin); Feminist Cultural Activism (Ann Kaloski-Naylor); Gendering the Exotic, Exoticising Gender (Joanna de Groot); Women, Citizenship and Conflict (CWS); Gender, Violence and Justice (Gabriele Griffin); Sexualities, Genders and Modernities (Henrice Altink/Joanna de Groot); From the Body Politic to the Body Beautiful (Mark Jenner); New Directions in Feminist Thought (CWS).

Sponsorship information

A range of scholarships and studentships are available at postgraduate level. Some scholarships are funded by the University (such as the York Master's Opportunity Scholarship) and some are funded by Research Councils, alumni, businesses and charities. Please check with the provider for details.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 6,650 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 15,680 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
PgDip Full-time £ 4,650 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
PgDip Full-time £ 10,750 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Part-time £ 3,225 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MA Part-time £ 7,575 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years
PgDip Part-time £ 2,325 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
PgDip Part-time £ 5,375 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of York York YO10 5DD Yorkshire and the Humber

Key information

CWS Administrator
Telephone number: 
01904 323671