Women's Studies and Sociology, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #150 (WUR) ,
The MA in Women's Studies and Sociology combines work in Women's Studies and Sociology. Students who are particularly interested in social research and/or feminist sociological theory will find this an attractive course.


The Centre for Gender and for Women's Studies offers a range of single and combined MA programmes which can be taken full-time over one year or part-time over two years (please, see below). All these MAs address key contemporary concerns along with a thorough introduction to and exploration of feminist intellectual traditions. You will learn about debates within Gender and Women's Studies and how to pursue your own concerns. You will develop skills in relevant research methods as well as knowledge of intellectual concepts.

The MA Women's Studies programme is cross-disciplinary. The programmes are taught by academics from several departments who are strongly committed to Gender and Women's Studies and are actively engaged in exciting research which integrates concerns about gender, power and difference with work in Cultural Studies, English, Environmental Policy, Health Studies, History, Management, Politics, Religious Studies, Science Studies, Sociology and Theatre Studies. Whichever programme you choose you will gain an understanding of the diversity of feminist perspectives and be able to develop intellectually informed and methodologically skilled ways to identify, define and research your own interests.

We hope students on all the MAs courses draw on each others experience and ideas, and that the programmes complement each other, as well as have their distinctive concerns. The MA Convenor organises social events for all MA students within the Institute.

Programme Structure

  • Debates in Gender Research
  • Gender, Sex and Bodies
  • Dissertation
  • Women's Studies Research Project
  • Feminist Media and Cultural Studies
  • Feminist Technoscience Studies
  • Gender and Violence
  • Capitalism and Crisis
  • Environment and Culture
  • The Social Life of Science and Technology: Theories and Debates
  • Social and Cultural Theory
  • Cybercultures
  • Research Projects in Practice: From Design to Dissemination

                    Detailed Programme Facts

                    • Programme intensity

                      You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

                      • Full-time duration 12 months
                      • Average part-time duration 24 months
                    • Credits
                      60 ECTS
                    • Languages
                      • English
                    • Delivery mode
                      On Campus

                    English Language Requirements

                    You only need to take one of these language tests:

                    • Minimum required score:


                      The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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                    • Minimum required score (Grade B):


                      The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

                      Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

                    • Minimum required score:


                      The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

                    Academic Requirements

                    Entry Requirements

                    The requirement for postgraduate studies in Gender and Women's Studies is generally a good first degree - a UK 2i or the equivalent in other national assessment systems - in a relevant field or discipline.

                    English Language Requirements

                    To benefit from our MA you need excellent written and spoken English. If English is not your first language, or the language in which you received your undergraduate degree, the University will request details of your English language qualification.

                    Tuition Fee

                    • International Applies to you

                      15500 GBP/year
                      Tuition Fee
                      Based on the original amount of 15500 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
                    • EU/EEA Applies to you

                      7250 GBP/year
                      Tuition Fee
                      Based on the original amount of 7250 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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                    Part-Time Tuition

                    • EU: £3,625


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