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PGDip Women's Studies (Humanities)

PGDip Women's Studies (Humanities)

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Full time | University of York | 1 year | SEP

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Diploma

Subject areas

Women's Studies Humanities / General Studies / Combined Studies

Course type


Course Summary

The PGDip in Women’s Studies (Humanities) is a tailored programme for those with a particular interest in humanities-informed approaches to interdisciplinary women’s and gender studies.

You'll address a diverse range of theoretical and methodological approaches to women's and gender studies, developing a critical awareness of the gendered aspects of cultural life, representation and textual enquiry.

You will have the opportunity to focus on a variety of cultural perspectives and practices – literary, visual, and artistic – from both contemporary and historical cultures and across a range of geographical and societal spaces. You will also acquire practical research skills, extending your knowledge of humanities-informed feminist methodologies.

Course content

This PGDip can be taken full-time for one year or part-time for two years.

The course is designed to challenge preconceptions, broaden understanding and encourage reflection on the wider ethical implications of feminist research in the humanities, including power relations and your own positionality as a researcher.

The programme's interdisciplinary and cross-cultural scope is inclusive to all students, regardless of background, culture or existing knowledge and competencies. We foster a diverse and engaging learning experience for all.

Careers and skills

Our programmes emphasise a feminist sensitivity to difference and power relations, advocating transferable skills applicable in the realms of public engagement and career development. You will learn to analyse your own preconceptions and engage with a wide variety of social/political issues, facilitating your development into responsible global citizens.

Fostering enhanced analytical and critical thinking skills, and the ability to communicate complex ideas with nuance and awareness of difference and diversity, this PGDip in Women's Studies (Humanities) also offers a suitable foundation for graduates wishing to pursue further education in the field.


This module provides a context and foundation for other more specialised work in Women's Studies as well as a space for thinking about general problems of method and theory in this field. It enables students from many different disciplinary backgrounds to work with their peers to develop a broad range of knowledge suitable for interdisciplinary and intercultural feminist research.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

You'll need at least the equivalent of an UK upper second class honours degree (2:1). Some courses accept lower second class honours degrees (2:2) combined with relevant professional experience and/or vocational qualifications.