Women's Studies MA

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Course Code: CKE03 Full-time, CKE21 Part-time

Course Title: Women's Studies

College: Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

Women's Studies

Duration: 1 Year Full-time; 2 years Part-time

Teaching Mode: Full-time, Part-Time

The part-time option will be taught during evening hours over 2 year.

Qualifications: MA

NFQ Level: Level 9

Costs: 2017/2018 Irish/EU Fee: €6,000 full-time; €3,000 per year part-time; 2017/2018 Non-EU fee: €13,000 full-time

Entry Requirements: To apply for this course, you will have an honours primary degree at 2.2 level or the equivalent (see detailed entry requirements).

Closing Date: Applications now closed for 2017/18

Next Intake: September 2018


The MA in Women's Studies course has been offered in UCC for over 20 years. It is ideally suited to Irish, international and mature students (male and female) and this contributes to a dynamic mix in classes.

This is a challenging course that involves a wide variety of possibilities for interdisciplinary study and for contact with community and other organisations dealing with women’s and gender issues.

For further information see:  Women's Studies


Course Details

The course covers a range of themes including representations of women in history, literature and popular culture (music and film); gender and sexuality; women and politics; women, work and family, and gender violence.

You will be provided with training in research skills and introduced to theoretical material that will enhance your personal research in Part II of the course, the dissertation.

During the taught months of the course, from late September to May, themes like those above are explored in lectures, seminars and on fieldtrips, and are addressed by guest speakers.

Students take six modules over one year (full-time) or two years (part-time):

Modules (90 credits)

WS6002 Feminist Theory (10 credits)

WS6003 Women in Society I (Contextualising Women in Society) (5 credits)

WS6004 Dissertation (45 credits)

WS6005 Women in Society II (Interdisciplinary Perspectives) (15 credits)

WS6007 Research Skills in Women's Studies (Part 1: Feminist Methodologies) (5 credits)

WS6008 Research Skills in Women's Studies (Part 2) (10 credits)

On successful completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • formulate arguments that reflect a critical and comprehensive, interdisciplinary knowledge of feminist debates around social and cultural issues
  • communicate those arguments effectively both orally and in writing
  • apply concepts, theories and methodologies appropriately at postgraduate level
  • assess how differences (race, ethnicity, class, sexual identity, time, place, values etc.) inform theoretical positions
  • critically evaluate evidence drawn from existing research and scholarship
  • design and pursue independent research
  • use the transferable skills developed through engagement with the self-directed learning, research and academic writing aspects of the course

For further details and module descriptions, see the Postgraduate College Calendar

Detailed Entry Requirements

To apply for this course, you will have an honours primary degree at 2.2 level or the equivalent

If you have relevant experience in the areas of community work, industry, or the professions, you can also apply.

You will be asked to submit an essay of at least 1,000 words on a book, experience, or personal contact which stimulated your interest in women's studies. Further examples of your work may be requested. It is likely that you will be required to attend for an interview.

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please click here to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests. 

Application Procedure

Application for this programme is on-line at (Course Codes CKE03 Full-time, CKE21 Part-time). Places on this programme are offered in rounds. The closing dates for each round can be found here. For full details of the application procedure click How to apply.

All required documentation must be either uploaded to your online application, or sent in hard copy to The Postgraduate Applications Centre, 1, Courthouse Square, Galway, immediately after an application is made.

Please note you will be required to answer specific additional/supplementary questions as part of the online applications process for this programme. A copy of these additional/supplementary questions are available to view here:CKE03AdditionalQuestions 

In addition to answering the online additional supplementary questions, ALL APPLICANTS for the MA in Women's Studies MUST submit an ESSAY of at least 1,000 words on a book, experience or personal contact, which stimulated their interested in Women’s Studies. The essay provides an opportunity for applicants to demonstrate their referencing skills and it should have a bibliography attached.  

The completed essay MUST be EMAILED directly to Dr Clare O'Halloran, MA in Women’s Studies Programme Coordinator  as soon as possible after applying online (marked with the applicant's name and PAC application number).

Early applications are encouraged for early decisions.

Course Practicalities

You will have a minimum of six contact hours per week with staff from September to May (most classes will be held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5pm to 7pm) and there are additional, timetabled, research skills training hours.

You will participate in seminars, directed reading, research skills training, essay and report writing, maintaining the reflective journal, student presentations, and one or two fieldtrips. You will also have the opportunity to attend some sessions with visiting speakers.

In December and March, the review weeks provide you with an opportunity for research, revision, reading and essay writing.

From May to September, you will concentrate on completing your thesis, under the supervision of a dedicated member of staff. This will allow you to develop your research skills and your knowledge of an area of particular interest or passion.

Who Teaches This Course

The teaching team is drawn from a variety of college disciplines and may vary slightly from year to year. The following areas are usually involved: English, Film Studies, Philosophy, Sociology, Applied Social Studies, Folklore, Hispanic Studies, Italian, German, Law, and History.

Further information on the teaching team can be found at

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