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MPhil in Multi-disciplinary Gender Studies


Course Description

The MPhil in Multi-disciplinary Gender Studies provides rigorous advanced training in the multi-disciplinary study of gender. The course is designed for those students who wish to prepare for PhD or further research and also, for those who want to enhance their understanding of 'gender' by undertaking a one-year MPhil only.

The primary objective of the course is to introduce students from a wide variety of academic, business and policy backgrounds to the traditions, methods and front-line research that shape an advanced gender analysis of human society. Over twenty different departments within the University of Cambridge come together on this course to address a range of topics such as Conflict; Globalization; Labour Market Inequality; Public Policy; Culture; Bio-medical advances, Experimental Psychology, Human Rights and Justice, Literature and the Arts, Culture and Antiquity. Graduates from this MPhil will emerge as highly desirable candidates for NGO, governmental, policy, business, and academic careers.

See the website http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/courses/directory/hsgsmpmgs

Course detail

The course aims to provide students with the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to:

1. use a range of methods for gathering, analyzing and interpreting research material.
2. apply normative theories to substantive research topics.
3. frame research questions, to construct appropriate research designs, and develop a thorough grasp of a wide range of methodological approaches.
4. interpret complex research publications effectively.
5. independently manage primary research, including data management and the writing up of research as well as understanding codes of research practice and research ethics.
6. research and also to make use of constructive criticism.

Learning Outcomes

The MPhil programme is designed to enable students to conduct independent research in the field of gender studies. The outcomes of the programme are achieved both through focused study of a wide range of selected specialised aspects of gender analysis, and through development of more general research skills and methods that enable the student to produce original, independent work. The course aims to provide students with the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to:

1. use a range of methods for gathering, analysing and interpreting research material.
2. apply normative theories to substantive research topics.
3. frame research questions, to construct appropriate research designs, and develop a thorough grasp of a wide range of methodological approaches.
4. interpret complex research publications effectively.
5. independently manage primary research, including data management and the writing up of research as well as understanding codes of research practice and research ethics.
6. present research and also to make use of constructive criticism.

Format

Students will take the following:

1. Theory and Controversy (MGS 1)
2. Research Methodologies (MGS 2)
3. Multi-disciplinary Text Seminar (MGS 3)
4. Multi-disciplinary Gender Research Seminar
5. Multi-disciplinary Speaker Programme
6. Dissertation.

Courses and seminars will run for the first two terms (Michaelmas and Lent). Dissertations are expected to be completed throughout the third term (Easter) and the vacation under guidance from a supervisor.

Students are introduced to a wide range of disciplinary methods and research topics and are encouraged to debate ideas and concepts throughout the course. In addition, students will have the opportunity to interact with world-leading experts in gender theory hosted by the Centre throughout the year through the Diane Middlebrook and Carl Djerassi Visiting Professorship. Group discussion, led by experts, forms the core of the MGS 1 and MGS 3 courses. In addition to the research dissertation, students are required to produce two unsupervised essays of not more than 5000 words. These essays are assessed to examine how well the student has understood the complex debates and theoretical ideas taught in MGS1, MGS2 and MGS3.

Assessment

- 20,000 word dissertation submitted in mid July.
- 2 essays of 5,000 words each submitted at the end of the second term and the beginning of the third term.

Feedback on each submitted essay and the dissertation will be provided.

Continuing

70% overall score in MPhil.

How to apply: http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/applying

Funding Opportunities

There are no specific funding opportunities advertised for this course. For information on more general funding opportunities, please follow the link below.

General Funding Opportunities http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/finance/funding

Visit the MPhil in Multi-disciplinary Gender Studies page on the University of Cambridge website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK II.i Honours Degree. Find University Minimum Academic Requirements here View Website

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