The MRes programme features three taught modules, followed by a 20,000-word thesis.
The course aims to ensure that, at the end of the programme, you are able to:
- Deploy relevant methodologies and theoretical discourses
- Elaborate critical positions and engage in debate on a broad range of texts and disciplinary fields
- Carry out independent research, even as a foundation for doctoral study.
The programme provides you with sophisticated theoretical frameworks and methodologies with which to approach issues of sexuality and gender in a range of texts (literary, visual, film, dramatic) and in socio-cultural contexts. It ensures a solid methodological foundation for your own exploration of sexuality and/ or gender in your chosen area.
Theories, Issues and Methodologies of Sexuality and Gender
The fields of Sexuality and Gender Studies are characterised by an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural focus. This module aims to introduce students to a range of theoretical and methodological issues and debates that have characterised the development of sexuality and gender studies in the twentieth century. Students engage with the study of sexuality and gender as both analytical categories and approaches within the social sciences. This module also introduces students to feminist theory, focusing on the ontological, epistemological and methodological issues that arise in feminist scholarship.
Assessment: 4,000-word essay
Sexuality, Gender and Representation
This module focuses on issues of sexuality and gender representation in theoretical, visual, and literary texts, as well as case studies, drawn from a range of disciplines. It encourages students to reflect critically upon and interrogate received categories of sexuality and gender identity that are constructed, articulated, performed and represented in a variety of texts and socio-cultural contexts. Discussion also centres on representations and embodiments of sexuality and gender that seek specifically to dismantle or to disturb received categories. The module considers sexual and gendered identities as they intersect with other aspects of individual subjectivity, such as race, ethnicity.
Assessment: 4,000-word essay
Cultural and Gender Studies Research Methodologies
This module combines generic Research Skills sessions offered by the College of Arts and Law with sessions focussed on the written assessments.
Assessment: A 4,000 word essay which provides a literature review of subject matter related to either/both cultural studies and gender studies and a 500-word research proposal for the thesis topic.
The programme is completed with a 20,000-word thesis, supported by expert academic supervision.
Please note that the optional module information listed on the website for this programme is intended to be indicative, and the availability of optional modules may vary from year to year. Where a module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you to make other choices.