Gender Studies (MLitt) 2020 entry
On the MLitt in Gender Studies you will explore the theory and history of gender studies. You will develop an interdisciplinary understanding of the ways in which gender is defined, generated, and communicated as well as learn applied skills in textual, visual, and comparative analysis.
Postgraduate, leading to a Master of Letters (MLitt).
- Start date: 7 September 2020
- End date: 30 September 2021
Information about all programmes from previous years of entry can be found in the archive.
One year full-time; part-time study is not currently offered.
- A good 2.1 Honours undergraduate degree. If you studied your first degree outside the UK, see the international entry requirements.
- The MLitt in Gender Studies welcomes applicants from a range of disciplinary backgrounds including, but not limited to:
- cultural studies
- literary studies
- media studies
- English language proficiency. See English language tests and qualifications.
The qualifications listed are indicative minimum requirements for entry. Some academic Schools will ask applicants to achieve significantly higher marks than the minimum. Obtaining the listed entry requirements will not guarantee you a place, as the University considers all aspects of every application including, where applicable, the writing sample, personal statement, and supporting documents.
UK and EU: £9,450
Applications should be submitted as early as possible and no later than 12 August 2020. Applicants should apply as early as possible to be eligible for certain scholarships and for international visa purposes.
- A CV or résumé. This should include your personal details with a history of your education and employment to date.
- A personal statement explaining:
- why you have applied for this course
- how it relates to your personal or professional ambitions
- how your academic and professional background show you have the skills needed to work effectively at postgraduate level.
- Two original signed academic references on headed paper.
- Academic transcripts and degree certificates.
- Evidence of English language proficiency (required if English is not your first language).
For more guidance, see supporting documents and references for postgraduate taught programmes.
The modules in this programme have varying methods of delivery and assessment. For more details of each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see the latest module catalogue which is for the 2019–2020 academic year; some elements may be subject to change for 2020 entry.
Each semester is organised around compulsory modules exploring the key theoretical concepts and contemporary debates:
Gender Theory: examines the theoretical basis of gender studies including gender and rationality, gender and emotion, feminism, queer theory, and oppression.
- Interdisciplinary Topics in Gender Studies I: brings together academics from different disciplines to provide an interdisciplinary approach to contemporary questions in gender studies such as health, violence, migration, and work.
Interdisciplinary Topics in Gender Studies II: builds on the semester 1 module by developing your interdisciplinary understanding of more contemporary questions in gender studies.
Alongside the compulsory modules, you will complete one or two optional modules in each semester. Optional modules allow you to shape the degree around your own personal and professional interests.
Optional modules are expected to be offered in the following areas:
- Amerindian studies
- gender and terrorism
- health and development
- political philosophy
- representation of the body
- representations of women
- specialised research in English, French, German, or Italian studies
- women, writing, and gender.
Optional modules in other areas may be possible subject to availability and agreement.
Optional modules are subject to change each year and may require a minimum number of students to be offered (see the University’s position on curriculum development).
The final module of the MLitt is the research project. The project takes the form of a period of supervised research where you will explore a gender studies topic in depth. The project is an opportunity to demonstrate your ability to plan and manage research work and to apply appropriate research techniques. It therefore provides excellent preparation for careers requiring research skills, whether in academia or other contexts.
You can choose to present your research project as:
- A written dissertation that emphasises your ability to plan and execute academically rigorous research, or
- A multi-media portfolio that emphasises your ability to present gender studies concepts in exciting and engaging ways, or
- A policy report that emphasises your ability to critically assess gender-related policy and make convincing recommendations for policy changes.
If students choose not to complete the dissertation requirement for the MLitt, there are exit awards available that allow suitably qualified candidates to receive a Postgraduate Certificate or a Postgraduate Diploma. By choosing an exit award, you will receive a PG Cert or PGDip instead of an MLitt.
The modules listed here are indicative, and there is no guarantee they will run for 2020 entry. Take a look at the most up-to-date modules in the module catalogue.