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Taught M.Phil. in Gender and Women’s Studies

Dr David Ditchburn

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M.Phil. in Gender and Women’s Studies Course Handbook - Please note that module choices change from year to year

The taught M.Phil. in Gender and Women’s Studies can be studied full-time over one year, or part-time over two years. The programme examines the position and representation of gender in society, past and present. The course is both interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary, drawing on research from across the Humanities and Social Sciences. Students will acquire a deep understanding of the cultural contexts in which theories of gender are produced, performed and negotiated. The programme hones analytical, written and verbal communication skills, providing a solid foundation for a range of careers.

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Programme Structure

Students are required to take 2 core courses:

  • Gender Theories (10 ECTS)
  • Approaches and Methods to Gender Research (20 ECTS)

Students then choose three seminar modules from a list of available modules.  Modules on offer may include:

  • WS7043 Gender and Globalization (10 ECTS). Dr Kaye Cederman (CGWS)
  • WS7057 Medieval Sexualities and the Body (10 ECTS). Dr Catherine Lawless (CGWS) and Dr Margaret Robson (English)
  • EM7440 Europe on the Edge (10 ECTS). Coordinated by Dr Gillian Wylie (Ecumenics)
  • WS7042 Feminism and the Politics of the Sacred (10 ECTS). Dr Mary Condren (CGWS)
  • WS7044 Gender and Nation in Irish Writing (10 ECTS). Dr Heather Ingman (English)
  • HI7013 Gender, Identity and Authority in Eighteenth Century France (10 ECTS). Dr Joseph Clarke (History)
  • EM7436 Gender, War and Peace (10 ECTS). Dr Gillian Wylie (Ecumenics)

Please note that due to staff leave not all modules are available in any given year

All students then complete a dissertation (30 ECTS) on a subject agreed with the programme director.

Part-Time Students
In their first year part-time students must complete the following core modules:

  • WS7050 Gender Theories (10 ECTS)
  • Approaches and Methods to Gender Research (20 ECTS)

They also choose two seminar options (2 x 10 ECTS). In the second year part-time students take one seminar option (1 x ECTS 10) and the dissertation (30 ECTS).

Awards and Studentships

In 2017-18 all applicants will automatically be considered for the following awards:

  1. The Constantia Maxwell Faculty Studentship, with a value of 5000 euro is offered to a student in any of the School's MPhil programmes. This may be put towards fees or living expenses.
  2. The School of Histories and Humanities also offers one bursary of 1000 euro, to be deducted from the course fees, for each of its seven MPhil programmes.

Awards will be made on academic merit. All completed applications with an unconditional offer by the deadline of May 31st, 2017 will be considered.

Further Information

To download the course brochure please click here (PDF, 590kb)

Information on admissions/applications/fees

Previous dissertation titles (PDF, 61kb)

If you have questions about this programme please contact the Programme Director Catherine Lawless.


Last updated 24 January 2017 Email: lawlessc@tcd.ie (Email).