The Masters degree is designed for students to develop advanced skills in carrying out independent and sustained 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%) must be attained to qualify for the award of the masters degree.
Students who complete the Master of Arts (Thesis only) in this area of specialisation should:
- 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;
- identify relevant research materials and show a capacity for sustained and discerning research within them; and
- express research findings in lucid effective prose that uses appropriate conventions of documentation.