Research course

Women's Studies

University of York · Centre for Women's Studies

Entry requirements

Relevant postgraduate experience. If you are a non-native English speaking applicant you must provide evidence of your English language ability. You need to show enough fluency in all aspects of English (reading, writing, speaking and listening) to the required level of the course you're applying to.

Months of entry


Course content

The main focus of the MPhil and PhD degrees is on research and the writing of a thesis, and there are no compulsory taught classes attached to these degrees.

The postgraduate Centre for Women's Studies at York provides a flourishing interdisciplinary environment for research and is able to offer supervision in a wide range of Women's Studies issues. The department offers supervision in a wide range of Women's Studies, providing research; taught module; transferable skills programme; research seminars.

Some of the current areas of research:

  • Feminist theory, theories of gender and sexuality, women's and family relationships, sociology of childhood;
  • Women's cultural production;
  • contemporary women's theatre;
  • Women's Studies as a discipline;
  • feminist methodology diaspora and postcoloniality;
  • lesbian writing;
  • feminist cultural production and activism;
  • popular and digital cultures;
  • contemporary women’s writing.

This is supported by an academic thesis panel, designed to offer additional help and guidance.

Intending applicants are encouraged to consult the list of staff interests to see whether the appropriate supervision is likely to be available for their proposed research.

Information for international students

York is a research-intensive university and a proud member of the elite Russell Group of universities. Information about international fees can be found on our website.

Fees and funding

Department and University scholarships may be available, please check our website for details: Fees and funding

Qualification and course duration


part time
48 months
full time
24 months


part time
72 months
full time
36 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Administrator
+44 (0) 1904 323671