About This Course
1 Year Full-time; 2 years Part-time
Full-time, Part-Time. See Additional Teaching Mode Information for more info.
EU Fees 2021
€6,130; €3,130 (Year 1 Part-time); €3,130 (Year 2 Part-time)
See Fees and Costs for full details.
Non-EU Fees 2021
To apply for this course, you will have a Second Class Honours Grade II in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8) or the equivalent See Requirements for full details.
Open for EU applications, check rounds closing dates under How to Apply
Non-EU Closing Date
13 September 2021
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
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.
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
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)
Additional Teaching Mode Information
The part-time option will be taught during evening hours over 2 year.
Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our book of modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.
You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.
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 https://www.ucc.ie/en/womensstudies/teachingteam/
Why Choose This Course
The MA in Women’s Studies course suits students from a wide range of academic disciplines and employment backgrounds. As well as those whose life and work experience directed them towards Women’s Studies, we have had mathematics, science, business and law, as well as social science and humanities, graduates among our students.
Skills and Careers Information
You will develop skills that enhance your employability, including critical thinking; analytic skills; innovative approaches to social issues; gender expertise; understanding of power dynamics and diversity; awareness of social justice and legal issues.
Graduates enter a wide range of occupations in the public and private sectors, including equal opportunities/equality advisory; research and education; non-governmental/civil society organisations; journalism and the information sector; and the social and health sectors.
There are also academic possibilities such as studying for a PhD, and some students enter further professional training, e.g. studying law, training as a social worker or counsellor, moving into the equality or community sectors.
Many graduates suggest that the course reinforces their self-confidence and encourages them to become involved in community or political activism.
To apply for this course, you will have a Second Class Honours Grade II in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8) 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.
English Language Requirements
Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements available here.
For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland
Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements, please find our grades comparison by country here.
For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students. In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.
Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above.
For more information please contact the International Office.
Fees and Costs
The EU fee for this course is €6,130; €3,130 (Year 1 Part-time); €3,130 (Year 2 Part-time).
The Non-EU fee for this course is €13,000.
If your course required a deposit, that figure will be deducted from your second semester fee payment in January.
EU student fee payment:
Fees for EU students are payable in two equal instalments. First payment at registration in August and the second in January.
International student fee payment:
Fees for Non-EU Students are payable in one instalment in August.
How can I pay?
By Credit/Debit card online or by credit transfer.
If you have any questions on fee payment please email our Fees Office at firstname.lastname@example.org .
The fee schedule for 2019/2020 is available here.
How Do I Apply
1. Choose Course
Firstly choose your course. Applicants can apply for up to two courses under one application. Details of taught courses are available on our online prospectus.
2. Apply Online
Once you have chosen your course you can apply online at the online application portal. Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. There is a €50 application fee for all courses apart from the Education - Professional Master of Education - (Secondary School/Post-Primary Teacher Training) which has a €100 application fee.
3. Gather Supporting Documents
Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to the online application portal in support of your application. Applicants may need to produce the original documents if you are accepted onto a course and register at UCC.
- Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC
- Any supplementary items requested for your course.
Please log into the online application portal for more details.
4. Application processing timeline
Our online application portal opens for applications for most courses in early November of each year. Check specific course details.
For courses that are in the rounds system (Irish and EU applicants), please check the rounds closing dates here.
Questions on how to apply?
Please use our web enquiry form to contact us.
Additional Requirements (All Applicants)
Please note you will be required to provide additional information as part of the online application process for this programme. This will include the following questions:
You may enter the details of professional or voluntary positions held. We strongly encourage you to complete this section with all relevant work experiences that will support your application.
In addition to your previously declared qualifications, please outline any additional academic courses, self-learning and professional training relevant to this programme.
Please describe your motivation and readiness for this programme.
- Please detail your computing/technical/IT skills.
- Please tick the box to confirm that you will provide a short analytical/critical/report writing sample or essay (1,000 words approx.) 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.
- Please add the name and email address of 2 referees.
The closing date for non-EU applications is 15th JuneApply Now