Course Overview

Admission to a research degree in Women's Studies is based on a proposal from the applicant following discussion with the potential supervisor. Candidates for the MLitt will normally have obtained a primary degree in any relevant discipline with first honours. Applicants holding equivalent qualifications and/or relevant experience will also be considered.

Programmes Available

MLitt (Women's Studies), full-time
MLitt (Women's Studies), part-time

Applications are made online via the University of Galway Postgraduate Applications System


Learning Outcomes

Entry Requirements

Admission is based on a proposal from the applicant following discussion with the potential supervisor. Candidates for the PhD are usually expected to hold a Master’s degree or first class undergraduate degree (or equivalent international qualification) in a cognate field. Applicants holding an Upper Second Class degree or equivalent qualifications and/or relevant experience may also be considered. Students accepted for the PhD in Women's Studies work as part of the Global Women’s Studies Programme and as members of the Gender Research Group of the School of Political Science and Sociology.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Current research projects

Current funded research opportunity

Work Placement

Related Student Organisations

Career Opportunities

Find a Supervisor / PhD Project

If you are still looking for a potential supervisor or PhD project or would like to identify the key research interests of our academic staff and researchers, you can use our online portal to help in that search

Research Areas

  • Feminist/political theory, transnational women’s movements, human rights law and advocacy, advocacy, gender and fundamentalisms, women’s human rights in conflict and transitional contexts.
  • Social and economic impacts of violence against women, gender identity, sexuality and violence, rights-based approaches to development, gender and health crises.
  • Processes and practices of social in/exclusion, gender, inequalities, and women’s identities in rural development. 
  • Globalization, culture, theory and practice of alternative development—especially environmental, southern and feminist perspectives and movements.
  • Religion, the Catholic Church, sexuality, LGBT issues, civil society, sexuality and gender issues in post-communist societies.
  • Normative international relations, human rights, global civil society, Buddhism and politics, prostitution policy, sex trafficking, and women and politics.

Researcher Profiles

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€5,890 (tuition €5,750 + student levy €140) p.a. 2023/24

Fees: Non EU

€14,440 p.a. 2023/24

Extra Information

EU Part time: Year 1 €3,990 (inclusive of student levy €140) p.a. 2023/24

All students, irrespective of funding, must pay the student levy of  €140.

Contact Us

Dr. Niamh Reilly
Global Women's Studies Programme
School of Political Science and Sociology
Aras Moyola, Room 326
T +353 91 495 403