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  • Entry requirements
    If you wish to apply for these programmes, you should normally hold a good honours degree (upper second class or first class), or an equivalent professional qualification. Relevant experience will be taken into account where appropriate.



    Postgraduate diploma routes are available for candidates that do not wish to take the full MA programme. It is also possible to consider candidates for the Diploma who are not appropriately qualified for immediate MA study. Such candidates may be considered for subsequent transfer to an MA programme, depending on performance.

    Language Requirements



    Successful completion of a postgraduate degree demands facility in English. It is a requirement that essays and dissertations be well-written.



    Prospective and intending students whose first language is not English will need to ensure that their linguistic proficiency is adequate. They may need to undertake some language training in the University or elsewhere.

    Minimum requirements



    * TOEFL score on the paper-based test: at least, 580 with 4.0 on the Test of Written English (TWE).

    * TOEFL score on the computer-based test: at least, 240 with 4.0 on essay rating.

    * TOEFL score on the internet-based test: at least 94 with, at least, 20 in listening, 23 in reading, 23 in speaking and 24 in writing

    * A minimum IELTS (academic) score of 6.5 with at least 6.0 in all components.



    The School keeps its requirements under review and may request a higher level of proficiency. The University's Language Centre offers courses in English and can provide more details on your English requirements.
  • Course description
    The MA Global Genders explores international and global gender issues. In a world with huge divisions between the poorest and the wealthiest women, this course looks at the different forms gender relations take.

    You will examine the impact of global migrations on gender relations as people move through space and place, and consider what global gender struggles Western feminists can legitimately become involved in.

    You will also consider how development programmes can avoid the colonialist and sexist tendencies they have exhibited in the past.

    This course will explore gender relations and international feminisms within a context of issues such as development, migration and globalisation, from the perspectives of feminist and post-colonial theories.

    Key themes covered in this course include gender and post-colonial theory, migration, gender and nation, sexuality, gender and development, international management and forms of control, sexuality and cinema, and work.
    Postgraduate Diploma in Global Genders

    Available on a 12-month full-time or 24-month part-time basis, the Postgraduate Diploma in Global Genders covers similar ground to the MA, but does not include the dissertation module.

    On the basis of a good performance in a full-time student's first semester, or a part-timer's first year, students initially registered for the Diploma may be transferred onto the corresponding MA.

    MA Global Genders is available on a 12-month full-time or a 24-month part-time basis. The course has five modules: four compulsory, with either one or two elective.
    Compulsory modules

    Researching Gender provides you with the opportunity to focus on researching gender with a particular emphasis on feminist research practices. In exploring a range of disciplinary perspectives, you will focus on epistemological, methodological and ethical considerations. In particular, the course looks at these considerations with relation to research design and methods.

    The module also encourages you to think beyond disciplinary boundaries and develop an understanding of the possibilities of interdisciplinary research. You will critically analyse research practice from a gender and feminist perspective, review and appraise research findings, and synthesise information and knowledge from a range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary sources and perspectives.

    Global Genders provides you with a range of critical perspectives on theorising genders in different geographical spaces. You will consider inequality among and between peoples rather than looking at traits embodied in all non-Western, non-white peoples and cultures.

    You will also examine the term 'global' in relation to an analysis of economic, political, ideological and cultural processes within a post-colonial era that foregrounds the operations of nation, 'race', class, ethnicity, gender, heterosexism and capitalism.

    Gender, Globalisation and Development critically examines key issues in globalisation from a gender perspective. You will examine industrialisation, employment, livelihood strategies, migration and key development issues such as gender-based violence, climate and environmental change, education and literacy, from different regional perspectives.

    You then take either the Dissertation or Research Project module .

    Dissertation allows you to tailor your own programme of training and research in consultation with a member of staff drawn from the centre's MA/PhD supervisory panel.

    Through the dissertation, you demonstrate your ability to develop and complete an in-depth analysis, select and use appropriate research methods, deploy advanced theoretical concepts and relate a focused study to broader debates and concerns.

    Research Project allows you to explore an aspect of gender relations in society, either contemporary or historical, through the production of a piece of empirical research.
    Elective modules
    In addition to the compulsory modules, you also choose either one or two modules from the following list.
    • Post-colonial Representations
    • Genders in America
    • Postcolonial Cultures of Encounter and Settlement
    • Que(e)rying Sexualities
    • Gender, Race and Culture
    • Contested Bodies
    • Gender, Communications and Popular Culture
    • German Cinema Into the New Millenium
    • Gender and Development 2: Social Institutions; Organisations; Gender Aware Planning
    • Race, Gender and Migration
    • Identity, Ethnicity and 'Race' in the Luso-Hispano World
    • Identity in Chicano/a Literature and Film
    • The Regulation of Sexuality in Spain and Latin America
    • Contemporary Issues in Religion and Gender
    • Religion, Politics and Society in Colonial and Postcolonial South Asia

    For more information about both the compulsory and elective modules, please consult the module catalogue

    Full-time students may take either three modules in Semester 1 and one in Semester 2, as well as the dissertation, or two modules in Semester 1 and two in Semester 2, as well as the dissertation.

    Part-time students have some flexibility as to when they take their modules, but we do advise candidates to consider the credit load between semesters. One pattern may be to take three modules in the first year, with two in Semester 1 and one in Semester 2. This leaves one module and the dissertation for the second year.

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