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Gender Culture & Society

Overview
The aims of this interdisciplinary programme are:
- To provide students with an advanced understanding of gender as a social and cultural construct
- To facilitate a deepening of knowledge regarding current historical, cultural, sociological, and/or political approaches to the study of gender
- To enable students to critically evaluate theoretical approaches to gender and sexuality
- To support and facilitate independent self-directed learning
- To hone students’ intellectual and generic skills in preparation for further academic/and or professional work
- To work with students towards developing clear plans for career development and employment

Entry requirements

Primary degree in a relevant discipline with First or Second Class Honours or an approved equivalent qualification (Primary Degree: Level 8 - QQI). Candidates must be proficient in English.

English Language Requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet one of the criteria below (no longer than two years prior to application):
Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:
• Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved
• Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above
• TOEFL – 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based)
• IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5* with no less than 6 in any one component.
• English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1
• GCE ‘O’ level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above
• University of Cambridge ESOL –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade A
• GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6

Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements. Contact the International Education Division for advice

Duration

1 year full time (MAGCSOTFAD) or 2 years part time (MAGCSOTPAD)

Careers or further progression

Graduate Profile
The MA aims to equip students with transferable skills which will be attractive to employers in a wide range of occupation areas. The interdisciplinary nature of the MA means that it encourages intellectual flexibility, good imaginative and conceptual abilities, as well as strong interactive, communication, team-working and social skills. The programme also provides a sound basis for doctoral research.

Further enquiries

Course Director
Dr Breda Gray
Tel: +353 (0) 61 234207
Email: breda.gray@ul.ie

Subjects taught

Autumn Semester
• SO6021: Theoretical Approaches to Gender, Culture & Society
• ISO6031: Feminist Approaches to Research

Students must choose two modules among the following:
• SO5031: Qualitative Methods I
• HI6161: Sex, Family & Gender in Eighteenth Century Ireland & Britain
• SO5051: Researching Social Exclusion
• EH6021: Gender, Sexuality & Irish Writing
• CU6031: Comparative Literature: Cultural Construction of the Past

Spring
•EH6032: Theoretical Approaches to Gender, Culture & Society II
•CU6032: Thesis Writing

Students must choose two modules among the following:
•SSO6042: Feminism(s), Diaspora & Multiculturalism
•EH6043: Feminist Literary Theory,
•SO5061: Researching Social Change,
•PS5121: Feminist Perspectives on Conflict and Development Issues
•CU6012: Utopian Theory and Texts

Summer Semester
SO6013 Dissertation (15,000 Words)

Students write a dissertation of ca. 15,000 words in a relevant area – which reflects the conceptual, theoretical and methodological skills acquired through the Masters programme and which displays the ability to use these convincingly. The dissertation topic will be decided through consultation with the course director and other relevant faculty. Students will work individually on the topic under the guidance of an assigned research supervisor.

All elective modules may not be offered if student numbers are too small or if there are irresolvable timetable clashes.

Comment

This MA programme has been designed specifically to cater for students interested in the interdisciplinary study of gender in culture and society. Students can opt for modules offered by several departments in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, and may choose to specialise in historical, socio-political or literary / cultural approaches to gender.

Application date

Taught Programmes - Application Process
All applicants apply through the online application system by choosing a programme from one of the five faculties. If Non-EU applicants wish to contact the International Education Division first before completing an online application, they can do by filling out the International Education Division Enquiry Form. For more information visit the International Office website.

International Office:
Tel: +353 61 202414
Fax: +353 61 213062
email: international@ul.ie.

Visit the International Office website

What to include (upload) with your application
•Certified results for all examinations mentioned on your application form and/or confirmation of the award of your qualification(s).
•Evidence of English language proficiency.
•Certified translations of your award and transcripts if they are not in English
•A copy of your birth certificate or passport

Please note that certain programmes request additional documentation such as personal statements and/or references. Please check the programme entry requirements to ensure you have included the required information.

What happens after I apply?
Once you submit your application online, you will receive an email acknowledgement. It is important that you upload all your documents at the time of application as you will not be able to upload these at a later stage. If you do not have your documents at the time of application, you will need to mail them to the Postgraduate Admissions Office once they become available.
Your application will then be passed to the Course Director who will decide whether or not to offer you a place. Some programmes require interviews and you will be notified of the date, time and venue.

Decision Letter
You will receive one of the following letters from the Postgraduate Admissions Office:
•An unconditional offer. You satisfy all of the academic conditions required and we are offering you a place.
•A conditional offer. You do not yet satisfy the academic conditions required before entry but you propose to do so. The conditions are listed in the offer letter and may include English language tests as well as degree results.
•Letter of regret. We are unable to offer you a place.

Please note that a decision is authoritative and official only if it has been sent in writing from the Postgraduate Admissions Office.

Accepting a place at the University of Limerick
To accept your offer you must pay your acceptance deposit and send in the course acceptance form, stamped by the bank, to the Postgraduate Admissions Office. On receipt of this acceptance form/deposit, the Postgraduate Admissions Office will change the status of your application to Firmly Accepted. You will receive an orientation pack in August. The orientation pack will provide you with full details of orientation and enrolment.

Deferring your offer
You cannot defer a place on a taught postgraduate programme without the permission of the Course Director. If you are offered a deferral, you will receive a letter from the Postgraduate Admissions Office confirming that a deferral has been granted. You should then contact the Postgraduate Admissions Office before March of the following year to confirm that you will be accepting your place. If you are not offered a deferral, then you must re-apply for the programme the following academic year.

Contacts
Postgraduate Admissions Office
Graduate School
Foundation Building
University of Limerick
Tel: +353 61 234377
Fax: +353 61 233287
Email: postgradadmissions@ul.ie

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: 04/Sep/2017.

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