Taught course

Women's Studies (Social Research)

University of York · Centre for Women's Studies

Entry requirements

Candidates for the MA will normally be required to have a good 1st degree (an upper 2nd Class degree or its equivalent), although applications from those with other qualifications may be considered on their merits. Applications are also welcomed from mature students and those returning to education. 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

This programme aims to equip candidates with the practical and intellectual tools necessary to undertake higher degree level social research on women and gender and provide a solid grounding in interdisciplinary women's studies, emphasising gendered aspects of social and cultural life in relation to other social divisions and inequalities; it aims to expose students to an interdisciplinary range of conceptual, theoretical and methodological approaches to and debates within women's studies.

The course also aims to familiarise students with the epistemological and philosophical underpinnings of research methodologies, the politics and ethics of research, the principles of research design and to enable them to evaluate and apply a range of quantitative and qualitative methodologies to women's studies research questions.

The Centre for Women's Studies offers a Post Graduate Diploma programme for students who wish to follow the taught MA course but not write the dissertation. The diplomas are available in all 4 courses. Please see the individual MA programmes for details of taught courses.

The Centre also offers a Post Graduate Certificate programme for students who wish to complete 60 credits of the Women's Studies taught course. The PG Certificate is available as a generic Women's Studies Certificate or Women, Violence and Conflict Certificate. Please see the individual MA programmes for details of taught courses.

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


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


full time
12 months
part time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Administrator
+44 (0) 1904 323671