Applicants should normally have at least an upper second
class (2.1) honours Bachelor degree or equivalent (for
example, GPA of 3.3) in a relevant area. Since places on the
course are limited, applicants may be interviewed or asked
to submit a writing sample for assessment.
Offers will be made on a rolling basis from January 2015.
The closing date for applications is 31st May. Should places
remain unfilled, later applications may be considered.
Applications are made online at:
Months of entry
The M.Phil. in Gender and Women’s Studies provides a critical
understanding of the current scholarship on the position
and representation of gender in society. Drawing on insights
and perspectives from a number of academic fields within
the Humanities and Social Sciences, the course is both
interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary, training students to
research across a range of disciplines. Its students acquire a
deep understanding of the cultural contexts in which theories
of gender are produced, performed and negotiated and
an ability to use primary source material as well as critical
theories and scholarship. The course also hones the sort of
analytical, written, and verbal communication skills that are
highly valued and effective in a many different careers.
All students take the core modules Gender Theories, Gender
Research Seminar and Approaches to Gender Research, which
provide a grounding in key approaches and skills. Students
choose further modules from a wide range of electives, varying
from year to year. These include both special topics and further
skills and methodologies training options, allowing students
to build specific skills and to follow their individual interests.
Recently offered modules include: Gender and Symbolic
Violence; Gender, Art and Identity; Gender and War in the 20th
Century; Saints and Sanctity in Ireland, Britain and Europe;
Gender, Identity and Authority in 18th century France; Gender
and Nation in Irish Writing; Approaches to Historical Research;
Libraries and Archives; Curating Art in Theory and Practice. The
capstone of the course is a dissertation of 15,000–20,000 words
on a research topic in the area of Gender and Women’s Studies
selected by the student, carried out under the supervision of a
member of the teaching staff of the course.
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