Master in Gender Studies

General

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Program Description

On the MLitt in Gender Studies, you will explore the theory and history of gender studies. You will develop an interdisciplinary understanding of the ways in which gender is defined, generated, and communicated as well as learn applied skills in textual, visual, and comparative analysis.

The MLitt in Gender Studies explores the theory and history of gender studies. You will develop an interdisciplinary understanding of the ways in which gender is defined, generated, and communicated as well as learn applied skills in textual, visual, and comparative analysis.

Highlights

  • Aimed at students who want to deepen their understanding of gender studies including those who may want to continue to a doctoral degree.
  • Degree structure and content helps students with the limited direct subject experience to develop advanced knowledge and understanding.
  • Intersectional approach will help you understand the connections between gender, class, ethnicity, sexuality, power, and inequality.
  • Interdisciplinary character allows you to use ideas from different disciplines to illuminate your studies.
  • Integrated training programme connects your academic learning with the development of professional competencies that enhance employability.

The MLitt in Gender Studies is distinguished by its interdisciplinary character. You will be encouraged to develop a more rounded, interdisciplinary understanding of gender studies questions and concepts and to use ideas from different disciplines to illuminate your studies. The core modules bring together subject experts from across the University, providing different disciplinary perspectives on key topics. The optional modules allow you to further develop the interdisciplinary character of your studies.

You will develop your knowledge of the history and nature of key theoretical concepts in gender studies and engage with contemporary questions and debates. Your learning will encompass subjects including feminism and women’s studies, masculine studies, sexism and oppression, and queer theory. The degree is committed to the intersectional analysis of the phenomena it examines and will deepen your understanding of the connections between gender, class, ethnicity, sexuality, and power.

The degree will be of particular interest if you intend to continue to doctoral research as it provides a broad-based programme of study culminating in a supervised research project.

The MLitt in Gender Studies has close links with the St Andrews Institute for Gender Studies. The Institute brings together more than 100 academic affiliates from 17 of the University’s schools and, as part of your studies, you will be encouraged to attend Institute events and to reflect on your learning from these. These links will bring you into contact with current gender studies research across different disciplines, helping to give your studies a remarkable richness and depth.

The degree includes an integrated training programme. The training programme connects your academic learning with the development of professional competencies that enhance employability. The training programme brings together postgraduates from all Graduate School Masters degrees, helping you to make new interdisciplinary connections and providing a supportive social aspect to the Graduate School community.

Teaching format

The MLitt in Gender Studies is a one-year full-time degree. You will complete two compulsory modules in semester 1 (September to December) and a third compulsory module in semester 2 (January to May). You will complete one or two optional modules in each semester.

You will use the period from June to August to complete a supervised research project.

The MLitt degree involves both independent and group study, and teaching methods include seminars, workshops, and practical sessions.

Most modules are assessed through coursework including essays, reflective assignments, and presentations.

Modules

The modules in this programme have varying methods of delivery and assessment.

Compulsory

Each semester is organised around compulsory modules exploring the key theoretical concepts and contemporary debates:

Semester 1

  • Gender Theory: examines the theoretical basis of gender studies including gender and rationality, gender and emotion, feminism, queer theory, and oppression.
  • Interdisciplinary Topics in Gender Studies I: brings together academics from different disciplines to provide an interdisciplinary approach to contemporary questions in gender studies such as health, violence, migration, and work.

Semester 2

  • Interdisciplinary Topics in Gender Studies II: builds on the semester 1 module by developing your interdisciplinary understanding of more contemporary questions in gender studies.

Optional

Alongside the compulsory modules, you will complete one or two optional modules in each semester. Optional modules allow you to shape the degree around your own personal and professional interests.

Optional modules are expected to be offered in the following areas:

  • Amerindian studies
  • Digital thinking in politics and society
  • Gender and terrorism
  • Health and development
  • Political philosophy
  • Representation of the body
  • Representations of women
  • Specialised research in English, French, German, or Italian studies
  • Women, writing, and gender

Optional modules in other areas may be possible subject to availability and agreement.

Project

The final module of the MLitt is the research project. The project takes the form of a period of supervised research where you will explore a gender studies topic in depth. The project is an opportunity to demonstrate your ability to plan and manage research work and to apply appropriate research techniques. It, therefore, provides excellent preparation for careers requiring research skills, whether in academia or other contexts.

You can choose to present your research project as:

  • A written dissertation that emphasises your ability to plan and execute academically rigorous research, or
  • A multi-media portfolio that emphasises your ability to present gender studies concepts in exciting and engaging ways, or
  • A policy report that emphasises your ability to critically assess gender-related policy and make convincing recommendations for policy changes.

If students choose not to complete the dissertation requirement for the MLitt, there are exit awards available that allow suitably qualified candidates to receive a Postgraduate Certificate or a Postgraduate Diploma. By choosing an exit award, you will receive a PG Cert or PGDip instead of an MLitt.

The modules listed here are indicative, and there is no guarantee they will run for 2020 entry.

Careers

The University of St Andrews’ global reputation makes its graduates highly valued by employers. The MLitt in Gender Studies provides the subject knowledge and applied skills needed for a range of leadership and professional careers. It will be of particular interest if you are considering a career in academia or research.

On this MLitt you will:

  • Learn applied research skills including the evaluation of primary source materials secondary literature, comparative analysis techniques, and the presentation of academic concepts to mixed audiences.
  • Plan and manage a substantive research project, apply appropriate research techniques, and analyse and interpret research findings.
  • Demonstrate professional competencies including critical thinking and creativity, analysis and appraisal, problem-solving and decision making, project management and personal leadership, team working and interpersonal communication.

Alongside your studies, you will be able to complete M-Skills, a programme of in-person and online workshops and training materials for Masters students. M-Skills will help you develop the broader academic and personal skills you need to succeed in your degree and enhance your employability.

Additionally, the Careers Centre provides advice and support to help you plan your professional development and achieve your career goals. As well as online resources the Careers Centre offers one-to-one appointments to discuss any career-related matters.

Entry requirements

  • A good 2.1 Honours undergraduate degree. If you studied your first degree outside the UK, see the international entry requirements.
  • The MLitt in Gender Studies welcomes applicants from a range of disciplinary backgrounds including, but not limited to:
    • Anthropology
    • Cultural studies
    • History
    • Literary studies
    • Media studies
    • Philosophy
    • Politics
  • English language proficiency

The qualifications listed are indicative of minimum requirements for entry. Some academic Schools will ask applicants to achieve significantly higher marks than the minimum. Obtaining the listed entry requirements will not guarantee you a place, as the University considers all aspects of every application including, where applicable, the writing sample, personal statement, and supporting documents.

Application requirements

  • A CV or résumé. This should include your personal details with a history of your education and employment to date
  • A personal statement explaining:
    • why you have applied for this course
    • how it relates to your personal or professional ambitions
    • how your academic and professional background shows you have the skills needed to work effectively at a postgraduate level
  • Two original signed academic references on headed paper
  • Academic transcripts and degree certificates
  • Evidence of English language proficiency (required if English is not your first language)

Funding

Scholarships

Scholarships are designed to help students support themselves during their studies.

Postgraduate loans

Loans are available for students who meet the residency and other criteria.

Recent Graduate Discount

The University of St Andrews offers a 10% discount in postgraduate tuition fees to students who are eligible to graduate or who have graduated from St Andrews within the last three academic years and are starting a postgraduate programme with the University of St Andrews.

Last updated Apr 2020

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