The MA in Gender Studies and the History & Philosophy of Science provides students with a set of interdisciplinary, analytical, critical and methodological skills applied to an understanding of gender relations, specifically in relation to gender dimensions in the History and Philosophy of Science.
The MA in Gender Studies and History and Philosophy of Science is the first specialist programme of its kind in the UK, thus providing a unique opportunity for students from all over the world.
12 months full-time; 24 months part-time
Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies
The Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies (CIGS) at the University of Leeds is the largest research centre in Gender Studies in Britain, bringing together over 170 academic staff from twenty-seven departments across the arts and humanities, social sciences, medicine and healthcare studies. Research on gender and feminist scholarship has a long history at Leeds, and the University is home to many leading international feminist scholars. In the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise, research in the Centre was awarded a grade 5A.
CIGS has a lively interdisciplinary research culture and a friendly and supportive atmosphere, and offers an unrivalled environment for postgraduate study. We offer four taught MA programmes: MA Gender Studies, MA Gender Studies (Research), MA Gender Studies and History and Philosophy of Science and MA Gender, Management & Organisation. The Centre also offers supervision for the degrees of MA by Research, M.Phil and PhD. The Centre is recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council for the receipt of 1+3 and +3 studentships.
Students are encouraged to become involved in the wide range of activities which take place within the Centre, and to make use of the resources and opportunities available in the Centre’s `partner’ departments.
Members of the Centre collaborate across the disciplines in both empirical and theoretical research projects, and are involved in the ESRC Research Group on Care, Values and the Future of Welfare, which is based at Leeds (1999-2004). The Centre also runs an electronic discussion and news list, and organises regular social events.
What you study
On completion of the programme students should have shown evidence of being able:
* to demonstrate in-depth, specialist knowledge and mastery of techniques relevant to the discipline and/or to demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of concepts, information and techniques at the forefront of the discipline;
* to exhibit mastery in the exercise of generic and subject-specific intellectual abilities;
* to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to their own research or advanced scholarship;
* to take a proactive and self-reflective role in working and to develop professional relationships with others;
* proactively to formulate ideas and hypotheses and to develop, implement and execute plans by which to evaluate these;
* critically and creatively to evaluate current issues, research and advanced scholarship in the discipline.
How you study
There are many reasons for choosing the University of Leeds for postgraduate studies including:
* The library resources available in the Leeds area
* Specific tutors or courses and how they relate to your research interests
* The environment offered by the Centre (research culture, activities, support structures, its international aspect, etc.)
* The merits of the programme in terms of research training
* The reputation of individual scholars, publications, projects etc. at Leeds
* The funding possibilities offered by or through Leeds
The overlap between Gender Studies and History & Philosophy of Science has been a particularly exciting and lively area of scholarship for several decades. Many of the important issues in feminist epistemology and HPS have been raised by Evelyn Fox Keller, Sandra Harding, Helen Longino and Donna Haraway, all of whom are readily identifiable as both feminists and historians or philosophers of science. Their exploration of the gendered nature of science, technology and medicine has certainly produced a vast literature, as has the ‘new history’ approach that rethought many feminist analyses of the role of both men and women in science of the past and present. There is much still to be said, however!
The Leeds MA in Gender Studies & HPS is unique in Europe in offering this exciting combination of subjects together in a specialized graduate level course of study. Both subjects can be studied here to with internationally recognized experts, so students enrolled for the combined MA will receive instruction and opportunities for research at the forefront of developments within contemporary academic life. This should enable students to pursue an MPhil or PhD by research in topics at the intersection of these two fields.
While it can be an advantage to have studied at least some Gender Studies or HPS in your undergraduate degree programme, we welcome applications from any well-qualified candidates who are interested in the subject.