What Will You Study

This MA offers a unique subject combination for students interested in Gender and Women’s Studies who want to pursue literary studies or who have a particular interest in women’s literature or feminist literary theory.


The programme is similar in structure to our two related Masters programmes, the MA Gender and Women’s Studies and the MA Gender and Women’s Studies and Sociology. You take two core modules in Gender and Women’s Studies and three further optional modules, including at least one from English. This enables you to tailor your degree to your own interests. There is also plenty of scope to pursue research that crosses disciplinary boundaries, and indeed we encourage you to do so.


Taught jointly with the Department of English and Creative Writing, the programme is run by the Centre for Gender and Women’s Studies, part of the Sociology Department at Lancaster and one of the largest centres in the UK for feminist research, gender studies and women’s studies.


As an MA student, you will be immersed in the busy academic and social life of the centre, and part of a supportive and dynamic community of students and researchers from across the world. It is an ideal environment in which to learn and carry out research – and allows you to meet other scholars and activists, take part in seminars and workshops, and exchange ideas and insights with world-leading feminist and literary academics.


Graduates from this MA are now working in universities throughout the world, having used the programme as a springboard to PhD study. Others have gone on to work in local and national government, in public-sector, non-governmental or voluntary organisations, or are teaching in schools and colleges.


Find out more about the research culture, research centres and conferences that make studying in the Sociology Department at Lancaster so stimulating.