Gender Studies

Major/Minor/Specialisation !MR-ARTSAST-SPC+1004 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Year and Campus: 2015


Dr Fran Martin



Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)


The masters program allows students to combine coursework with extensive independent research in gender studies. The thesis should demonstrate a critical application of specialist knowledge and make an independent contribution to existing scholarship in the area of research. Candidates may advance to the Doctor of Philosophy degree after successful completion of the masters or may apply to convert to the PhD at an earlier stage. An honours grade of at least H3 (65%) average must be attained in the respective thesis and advanced seminar components of the course to qualify for the award of the masters degree.

Learning Outcomes:

Students who complete the Master of Arts (Advanced Seminar & Shorter Thesis) in this area of specialisation should:

  • demonstrate a sound understanding of the main developments in past and contemporary theorising about gender relations;
  • understand the issues involved in debates about feminist knowledge;
  • demonstrate a capacity for articulating research questions relating to gender relations and the appropriate methodologies for investigating them;
  • exhibit a familiarity with relevant literature and an ability to locate one's research within that literature;
  • express research findings in lucid effective prose that uses appropriate conventions of documentation.
Structure & Available Subjects:

Duration: 1.5 years full-time / 3 years part-time

The Master of Arts (Advanced Seminar & Shorter Thesis) in this area of specialisation requires:

  • thesis 20,000-22,000 words
  • minimum of 1 core subject (12.5 points)
  • maximum of 1 elective subject (12.5 points)

Please note: Students must consult the course coordinator to have their subject selection approved prior to enrolment. Applicants should note that they must satisfy any prerequisite as set, before being allowed to enrol in any subjects.

Subject Options:

Thesis Subject

Thesis 20,000-22,000 words

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
RHD First Half Year, RHD Second Half Year

Core Subjects

Minimum of 1 core subject (12.5 points)

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2015

Elective Subjects

Please contact the Postgraduate Administrator for a list of elective subjects.

Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Master of Arts (Advanced Seminar & Shorter Thesis)

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