Studying Gender and Women's Studies at Lancaster
The flexibility of our undergraduate programmes allows students to take one or more modules in Gender and Women's Studies while working towards a related degree.
In the first year here, you can take our first year course “Introduction to Gender & Women's Studies”, which considers issues pertaining to women and gender relations, the different social conditions in which women live, especially in relation to differences amongst women, and the way that this leads to a diversity of feminist politics.
Then, if you are interested in pursuing your study further, you can use your optional courses in the Sociology or Media and Cultural Studies degree to continue on this specialised pathway, addressing topics such as Gender, Sexuality and Society, and Feminism and Social Change. You can also complete your third year dissertation in a topic focused on related issues.
For more details of courses taught in the department, please contact us or visit our Undergraduate pages.
The Centre for Gender and Women's Studies offers a range of single and combined MA programmes which can be taken full-time over one year or part-time over two years. All these MAs address key contemporary concerns along with a thorough introduction to and exploration of feminist intellectual traditions. You will learn about debates within Gender and Women's Studies and how to pursue your own concerns. You will develop skills in relevant research methods as well as knowledge of intellectual concepts.
The MA in Gender and Women's Studies programme is cross-disciplinary. The programmes are taught by academics from several departments who are strongly committed to Gender and Women's Studies and are actively engaged in exciting research which integrates concerns about gender, power and difference with work in Cultural Studies, English, Environmental Policy, Health Studies, History, Management, Politics, Religious Studies, Science Studies, Sociology and Theatre Studies. Whichever programme you choose you will gain an understanding of the diversity of feminist perspectives and be able to develop intellectually informed and methodologically skilled ways to identify, define and research your own interests.
For more details of courses taught in the department, please contact us or visit our Masters pages.
We currently have a very active group of PhD students working on a diverse range of topics within Gender and Women's Studies. Students can register as a student in the Centre (administratively located within the Sociology Department) while working with supervisors from across the University. For more information about courses and funding, please visit our PhD pages.