University of York

University of York

Women�s Studies (Social Research)

The MA programme aims to equip candidates with the practical and intellectual tools necessary to undertake higher degree level social research on women and gender and provide a solid grounding in interdisciplinary women's studies, emphasising gendered aspects of social and cultural life in relation to other social divisions and inequalities; it aims to expose students to an interdisciplinary range of conceptual, theoretical and methodological approaches to and debates within women's studies; the course also aims to familiarise 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 quantitative and qualitative methodologies to women's studies research questions; to foster the development of a critical, self-reflexive and independent approach to research and scholarship. 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; quantitative methods and data analysis; qualitative methods; interdisciplinary methods in women's studies; advanced social research methods; digital by-product data and the social sciences; dissertation. Plus 2 options: feminism and sexuality (Stevi Jackson); diaspora and gendered identity (Gabriele griffin); feminist cultural activism (Ann Kaloski-Naylor); gendering the exotic, eroticising gender (Joanna de Groot); women, citizenship and conflict (CWS); gender, violence and justice (Gabriele griffin); sexualities, genders and modernity�s (Henrice Altink/Joanna de Groot); from the body politic to the body beautiful (mark Jenner); new directions in feminist thought (CWS).

Assessment methods

Assessment is made essays, exercises, portfolio and dissertation of 14-16,000 words.

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 Start month 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
MA Part-time £ 3,320 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MA Part-time £ 7,840 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years
PgDip Full-time £ 4,980 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
PgDip Full-time £ 11,760 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
PgDip Part-time £ 2,490 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
PgDip Part-time £ 5,880 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

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