Application deadline: There are no deadlines for making an application for a place, although it is advisable to apply before the end of July.
Tuition fee:
  • £ 5,750 / Year (EEA)
  • £ 5,750 / Year (Non-EEA)
  • £ 14,000 / Year (International)
Start date: September  2015
Duration full-time: 12 months
Languages:
  • English
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Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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MA Gender, Sexuality and the Body* examines the relationship between gender, sexuality and the body.

It focuses on historical and contemporary theoretical debates and substantive issues that are central to the ways in which these interconnections are understood, experienced and practiced. The programme considers the ways in which modern gendered, sexual and embodied understandings and practices are informed by the past, and looks at contemporary struggles around gender, sexuality and the body.

*Formerly MA Gender, Sexuality and Queer Theory

Contents

MA Gender Studies is available on a 12-month full-time or 24-month part-time basis. The programme has five modules: four compulsory, one elective.

Compulsory modulesResearching Gender provides you with the opportunity to focus on researching gender with a particular emphasis on feminist research practices. In exploring a range of disciplinary perspectives, you will focus on epistemological, methodological and ethical considerations. In particular, the course looks at these considerations with relation to research design and methods.

The module also encourages you to think beyond disciplinary boundaries and develop an understanding of the possibilities of interdisciplinary research. You will critically analyse research practice from a gender and feminist perspective, review and appraise research findings, and synthesise information and knowledge from a range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary sources and perspectives.

Theorising Gender engages with contemporary theoretical approaches within gender studies. Exploring the social and individual processes involved in the enactment of gender relations, the module investigates alternative, complementary and conflicting explanations for the source and operation of gender.

Investigating the historical, social and individual significance of gender, you will examine various areas of social life where gender shapes interactions and forms meaning: in particular, you will consider family roles, reproductive technologies, citizenship, sexuality, culture and personal biography.

Que(e)ring Sexualities examines gender and sexuality as effects of historically specific socio-cultural and geo-political power relations. You will investigate the key theoretical concepts in the study of gender, sexuality and queer theory, and use interdisciplinary approaches to challenge normalisations, hierarchies and relations of domination.

You will also explore the powerful processes and languages that fix gender and sexuality as 'natural', and examines how these powerful ideas come to affect the lives intimacies and politics of queer subjects.

Dissertation allows you to tailor your own programme of training and research in consultation with a member of staff drawn from the centre's MA/PhD supervisory panel.

Through the dissertation, you demonstrate your ability to develop and complete an in-depth analysis, select and use appropriate research methods, deploy advanced theoretical concepts and relate a focused study to broader debates and concerns.

Optional modulesIn addition to the compulsory modules, you also choose a module from the following list.

* Post-colonial Representations
* Contested Bodies
* Issues in Contemporary Musicology
* 'Race', Identity and Culture in the Black Atlantic
* Identity, Ethnicity and 'Race' in the Luso-Hispano World
* The Regulation of Sexuality in Spain and Latin America
* Contemporary Issues in Religion and Gender

Full-time students may take either three modules in Semester 1 and one in Semester 2, as well as the dissertation, or two modules in Semester 1 and two in Semester 2, as well as the dissertation.

Part-time students have some flexibility as to when they take their modules, but we do advise candidates to consider the credit load between semesters. One pattern may be to take three modules in the first year, with two in Semester 1 and one in Semester 2. This leaves one module and the dissertation for the second year.

Funding

Tuition fees and/or maintenance may be paid in part, or in full, by an awarding body, a bursary or other postgraduate grant.

For students applying to the Centre for Gender Studies, the most likely sources of funding will be the following bodies.

* Economic and Social Research Council studentships - for home and EU students
* Arts and Humanities Research Council - for home and EU students
* University scholarships - for all students
* Opportunities for self-funding

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