This innovative course is offered in collaboration with the Women's Library, the premier collection of printed and archival resources for research in the area of modern British women's history. The course features small-group seminar and tutorial teaching, emphasising active student participation. It is taught by expert researchers in the field: Dr Lucy Bland, the MA course leader and Senior Lecturer in Women's Studies, author of Banishing the Beast (1995), Sexology Uncensored (1998) and Sexology in Culture (1998), and Dr Katharina Rowold, Senior Lecturer in History and author of Gender and Science (1996). Sessions on the use of library and archival resources are also contributed by staff of the Women's Library. The course focuses on the history of women in Britain between the late 18th century and the present day. It aims to provide you with an in-depth understanding of women's changing lives over this period, a critical appreciation of scholarship in the field, and a good grasp of appropriate research methods. If you are taking the MA, the course also aims to provide the experience of undertaking a substantial research project, involving the use of original primary sources material.
Applicants should normally possess a least a second-class Honours degree in history or a related field. Applicants for the MA will also be required to satisfy the admissions tutor that they are capable of undertaking a sustained piece of original research.
MRes Modern British Women's History
All students take the three core modules on Researching Women's History, Nineteenth-Century Women and Twentieth-Century Women. In addition, MA students write a 25,000 word dissertation.
-Researching Women's History examines theoretical and conceptual issues, and explores resources, sources and research methods. Your coursework includes a contribution to the perennial exhibition at the Women's Library.
-Nineteenth-Century Women takes a thematic approach and familiarises you with both classic studies and exciting recent work in what is one of the most vibrant fields of scholarship in British history.
-Twentieth-Century Women is offered in collaboration with our MA in Life History Research and gives you the opportunity to undertake an oral history project.
MA students research and write a 25,000 word dissertation on a topic of their own choice. The dissertation must include original research into primary sources, and you are encouraged to make the most of the unique resources of the Women's Library, as well as the huge range of other research resources in London. You are supported during the dissertation process by regular group tutorials, as well as individual tutorials with your supervisor.
You are assessed by coursework only for the three core modules. MA students also submit a dissertation.
MA students can apply for transfer to MPhil/PhD: the research training provided, knowledge acquired and experience of completing a dissertation together provide an excellent grounding for undertaking research at doctoral level.
Both Postgraduate Certificate and MA students, who come from a diverse range of backgrounds, also find that the knowledge and skills gained on the course are valuable in developing specialist expertise, which can and has enhanced their careers in fields such as teaching, library and archival work and the heritage industry. Others find that the course informs their engagement with contemporary political and social issues or enhances their personal development.
Attendance & duration
-Full-time: one year, two evenings a week (Tues & Wed)
-Part-time (eve): two years, two evenings a week in first semester, one evening in second semester (Tues or Wed)