Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree in any relevant discipline or an equivalent qualification is required. Credit exemption may be given for appropriate certificated or experiential learning undertaken or completed within the previous five years. Consideration may be given to those who hold a lower classification who can demonstrate they are capable of performing at the level required to complete the course successfully. Admission to the MRes course is by written application and interview.

Months of entry


Course content

Course overview

This Master by Research course is characterised by its flexibility and interdisciplinarity.

The two taught modules on this course aim to provide you with postgraduate-level research methodologies and skills, as well as highlighting contemporary debates on 'gender' as a broadly defined field. With expert guidance, for the third module you will produce a 28,000-word dissertation on a gender-related topic.

Why Study Gender Studies with us?

The University of Chester’s Institute of Gender Studies is an exciting research hub for students and staff, and regular seminars also involve the wider community, as well as international speakers. In studying for an MRes in Gender Studies, you will be working with leading researchers who have taught and published extensively in the field.

Our course will encourage you to develop an interdisciplinary and intersectional approach to your studies, finding connections between, for example, English, Sociology, Media Studies, or Religious Studies.

The extended dissertation will allow contact time to be largely directed by you, as you explore in depth a topic of particular interest to you.

How will I be taught?

You will meet weekly with a highly experienced and published lecturer to discuss a specific topic or piece of reading. These sessions will typically last for two hours and are scheduled to take place in the evening.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment modes are designed to dovetail with your specific learning styles and strengths – from seminar presentations to book reviews, conventional essays to essays designed by you – and, of course, to the dissertation.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MRes
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Institute of Gender Studies