Taught course

European Gender and Equality Studies

University of York · Centre for Women's Studies

Entry requirements

Candidates are normally require to have a Bachelor degree in relevant subject to 2.1 standard or equivalent and/or relevant experience (through work; volunteering; or similar) language requirement: IELTS 6.5 or equivalent in English; AS level plus 1 additional year language training (minimum) or equivalent in French/Spanish for mobility period to any partner institution except Abo Akademi University where IIELTS 6.5 is required (classes taught in English).

Months of entry


Course content

The MA in European Gender and Equality Studies is a 2-year, full-time programme. It is run in conjunction with six other European partner universities: Abo Akademi, Finland; Université de Lausanne, Switzerland; Université de Lyon 2, France; Université Toulouse-Le Mireil, France; Universidad Autonoma Barcelona, Spain; and University of Bucharest, Romania.

Students who apply to the University of York (their ‘home’ university) spend the first and last terms at York but will undertake at least one mobility period, and if they wish two. Each mobility period will be spent at a different partner university. The first mobility period will occur in the spring/summer of the first year, the second in the autumn term of the second year. Students can spend their mobility period/s at any of the partner universities, provided they have appropriate levels of language skills in the relevant languages. Note: Abo Akademi in Finland teaches in English so has no other language requirements. For the Université de Lausanne, Switzerland; the Université de Lyon 2, and the Université Toulouse-Le Mireil in France, knowledge of French to AS level or equivalent are required, and for the Universidad Autonoma Barcelona, Spain knowledge of Spanish to AS level or equivalent.

This programme aims: to provide a solid grounding in interdisciplinary Women’s Studies, emphasizing gendered aspects of social and cultural life in relation to other social divisions and inequalities; to enable students to expand their knowledge of European languages and cultures through spending the equivalent of a second semester in a further European country involved in the EGALES Masters; to expose students to an interdisciplinary range of conceptual, theoretical and methodological approaches to and debates within Women’s Studies; to familiarize students with the epistemological and philosophical underpinnings of feminist methodologies; to foster the development of a critical, self-reflexive and independent approach to research and scholarship, as well as the acquisition of transferable skills; to equip students to design and implement an extended piece of independent research.

Information for international students

York is a research-intensive university and a proud member of the elite Russell Group of universities, please see: http://www.york.ac.uk/study/international/

Fees and funding

Department and University scholarships may be available, please check our website for details: http://www.york.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/fees-funding/

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment70
Dissertation30 (15-20,000 words)

Course contact details

Postgraduate Administrator
+44 (0) 1904 323671