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Gender and Sexuality in Writing and Culture (MA)

Course Description


The MA in Gender and Sexuality in Writing and Culture is an innovative programme, offered by Maynooth University working in conjunction with UCD. Students will be able to study on both campuses, drawing on expertise from both institutions in putting together a programme from a large suite of modules. The degree is designed to develop student knowledge in theories of gender and sexuality and their relation to literary and cultural production. Students will become proficient in interpreting and recognizing the issues at stake in histories of gender and sexuality; writing/textuality and the body; performativity; convergences and divergences of feminist and queer theory; language and subject relations; fetishism and the gaze; abjection and the maternal. Students will be expected to apply this by analyzing major strands in the theory of gender and sexuality, and considering the ways in which such theories can enrich our analyses of literary and visual texts, as well as popular and avant-garde cultural practices.

This programme is offered by Maynooth University working in collaboration with UCD. Teaching will take place on the Maynooth Univerisity campus, on the UCD campus, and one seminar will take place in Merrion Square. The degree is awarded by Maynooth University.

Students who do not complete the Dissertation (EN691) will be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma in Gender and Sexuality in Writing and Culture.

See the website https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/english/our-courses/ma-gender-and-sexuality-writing-and-culture

Minimum English language requirements: please visit Maynooth University International Office website for information about English language tests accepted and required scores. The requirements specified are applicable for both EU and non-EU applicants.

Maynooth University’s TOEFL code is 8850

Course Structure

The MA in Gender and Sexuality in Writing and Culture is a one-year programme and requires students to take two core taught modules and four taught optional modules chosen from a suite of modules offered by the School of English, Media and Theatre Studies at MU working in conjunction with the School of English, Drama and Film Studies at UCD. Students will attend seminars in both MU and UCD, and will submit six essays related to their core and option courses and will complete a dissertation of 12-15,000 words in MU. The degree is awarded by Maynooth University.

Career Options

Students who successfully complete this programme will be very well placed to pursue future study in the area, with a view to a career in academia. In addition, this programme would provide a foundation for a career in advocacy, or in the field of cultural development or promotion.

Find out how to apply here https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/english/our-courses/ma-gender-and-sexuality-writing-and-culture#tabs-apply

Find information on Scholarships here https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/study-maynooth/postgraduate-studies/fees-funding-scholarships

Visit the Gender and Sexuality in Writing and Culture (MA) page on the Maynooth University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

B.A. in English or cognate discipline: minimum 2.1 or equivalent.

Course Fees

EU Tuition Fee: €5,250; International Tuition Fee: €13,000

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