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Gender and Women’s Studies and English

Course Description

What Will You Study

This MA offers a unique subject combination for students interested in Gender and Women’s Studies who want to pursue literary studies or who have a particular interest in women’s literature or feminist literary theory.

The programme is similar in structure to our two related Masters programmes, the MA Gender and Women’s Studies and the MA Gender and Women’s Studies and Sociology. You take two core modules in Gender and Women’s Studies and three further optional modules, including at least one from English. This enables you to tailor your degree to your own interests. There is also plenty of scope to pursue research that crosses disciplinary boundaries, and indeed we encourage you to do so.

Taught jointly with the Department of English and Creative Writing, the programme is run by the Centre for Gender and Women’s Studies, part of the Sociology Department at Lancaster and one of the largest centres in the UK for feminist research, gender studies and women’s studies.

As an MA student, you will be immersed in the busy academic and social life of the centre, and part of a supportive and dynamic community of students and researchers from across the world. It is an ideal environment in which to learn and carry out research – and allows you to meet other scholars and activists, take part in seminars and workshops, and exchange ideas and insights with world-leading feminist and literary academics.

Graduates from this MA are now working in universities throughout the world, having used the programme as a springboard to PhD study. Others have gone on to work in local and national government, in public-sector, non-governmental or voluntary organisations, or are teaching in schools and colleges.

Find out more about the research culture, research centres and conferences that make studying in the Sociology Department at Lancaster so stimulating.

You will study a range of modules as part of your course, some examples of which are listed below.

• Debates in Gender Research
• Gender, Sex and Bodies
• Independent Research Dissertation


• Contemporary British Fiction
• Contemporary Gothic: Text and Screen
• Romance and Realism
• Fusions
• Writing the Nineteenth Century City
• Premodern Bodies
• Nineteenth Century Literature: Place – Space – Text
• Emotional Geographies
• Modernisms
• Feminist Media and Cultural Studies
• Women's Studies Research Project
• Feminist Technoscience Studies
• Gender and Violence
• Capitalism and Crisis
• Consumer Society
• Theories and Debates in 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
• Contemporary Debates in Sociology
• Critical Methods in Media and Cultural Studies
• Methods in Science and Technology Studies
• Critical Debates in Media and Cultural Studies

Visit the Gender and Women’s Studies and English page on the Lancaster University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

An upper second class honours degree, or its equivalent, in a humanities or social science subject. Applications from prospective students with degrees in other areas may be considered: please contact us with any enquiries.IELTS: 7.0 or equivalent.

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