The MA Gender Studies offers the opportunity to explore ideas of gender and gain knowledge of contemporary gender issues in a global context, at an advanced level.
This Master’s degree is inspired by a curiosity about gender, how gender operates, what difference gender makes and how gender might be imagined in ways that could facilitate resistance and change.
Students will be encouraged to critically examine their own assumptions, and, most importantly, to question popular and common-sense notions of gender.
The MA Gender Studies places considerable emphasis on advanced research methods, enabling students to hone qualitative and quantitative research skills, and supporting them in becoming confident researchers in their own right.
- The programme draws on a range of subject specialisms within the School of Social and Political Sciences and connects students with tutors who are research leaders in their respective fields of study.
- The atmosphere in the School of Social and Political Sciences is collegial and friendly. All students are invited to attend the School’s research seminar series. Tutors are approachable and keen to support students on their personal research and career paths.
How You Study
The learning and teaching strategy adopted within the MA Gender Studies reflects a commitment to self-directed, student-centred learning, with an emphasis on applied analytical skills.
This degree offers a distinctive range of modules, drawing upon the existing research and teaching expertise in the School of Social and Political Sciences to deliver an academically rigorous and contemporary programme.
This programme is not only designed to develop a student’s specialist subject knowledge but aims to equip students with a set of transferable skills relevant to further academic study and employment. The incorporation of a strong research methods element within the MA is designed to enhance the employability and development of transferable skills.
Students will be taught using a range of methods including lectures, seminars/workshops and tutorials.
- Lectures are designed to introduce students to key themes and perspectives, generate enthusiasm for further enquiry, provide illustrative examples and to signpost substantive issues.
- Seminars and workshops provide students with an environment for more interactive learning and reflection, aimed at deepening critical understanding of the subject matter. These sessions are organised in a variety of ways, including tutor or student-led discussions, presentations, and problem-solving exercises, normally centred on a particular theme.
- Tutorials are available to students on an individual or small-group basis as a means of supporting the preparation of individual or group assignments, offering feedback on progress, dealing with any particular learning difficulties, and offering advice on specific choices within the module programme.
- E-learning will be supported through the use of the University’s virtual learning environment.
Contact Hours and Independent Study
Full-time students on this programme can expect to receive approximately 8 hours of contact time per week. However, this may vary depending on which optional modules are selected by students.
The modules on this programme are mostly taught through two-hour weekly lecture and seminar sessions. In addition, students attend personal tutor groups, Independent Study/dissertation workshops, and have meetings with their Independent Study/dissertation supervisor.
We expect that a full-time student on this course would engage in four hours of self-study for every one hour of lecture and seminar time. This equates to 32 hours of self-study per week.
These figures are halved for part-time study.
How You Are Assessed
The programme is designed to expose students to a range of different forms of assessment and to develop a range of academic, professional and work-relevant skills such as public speaking.
Students will have the chance to develop written communication skills through essays, report writing and the Independent Study all of which are designed to expand students' skills in professional and academic writing. Oral communication skills are also assessed, for example, through a video podcast on one of the core modules, providing students with the opportunity to enhance their public presentation and public speaking abilities.
Students will be expected to develop their research skills, which will be assessed through core research methods modules and on the Independent Study. Further research skills are also embedded in assessments throughout other core and option modules.
Critical, analytical and reflexive thinking is central to all assessments. IT skills are embedded in many modules and include word processing, digital data management and presentation, statistical data handling, the use of electronic search engines and other resources.
The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to you promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.
First or second class honours degree in a relevant subject.
Candidates holding other qualifications or substantial relevant work experience may be considered on an individual basis.
International Students will require the English Language at IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each element, or equivalent.
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