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MPhil - The Sociology of Reproduction

This MPhil pathway is designed to give students a basic understanding of major themes and debates the sociology of reproduction and new reproductive technologies. Two core modules introduce key concepts and approaches to the sociology of reproduction, and core methodologies in this field. Other substantive modules can be chosen in consultation with the student's supervisor or the course director.

Topics to be covered include: core theories of gender, reproduction and kinship; the reproductive division of labour; social reproduction and the meaning of the 'mode of reproduction'; the sociology of new reproductive technologies; reproduction and globalisation; reproductive rights; media representation of reproduction and visual cultures of reproduction.

Background readings will be drawn from feminist science studies, the history of science and medicine, and the anthropology of reproduction as well as the sociology of reproduction.


Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the programme students should have:

  • an advanced understanding of current sociological research in selected topics;
  • the skills necessary to conduct independent social research and experience in their use;
  • an ability to apply and develop modern social theory with respect to empirical topics;
  • a deeper understanding of their chosen specialist area, including command of the literature and current research;
  • the ability to situate their own research within current developments in the field.

Continuing

Students are encouraged to proceed to the Faculty's PhD programme, provided they reach a high level of achievement in all parts of the course. MPhil students who would like to continue to the PhD would normally need to have a final mark of at least 70% overall and 70% for the dissertation.


Application Information

Application:

Applications open - Sept. 5, 2016

Application deadline - April 27, 2017

Course Starts - Oct. 1, 2017

Funding:

Gates Cambridge (USA) - Oct. 12, 2016

Gates Cambridge (EU) - Dec. 7, 2016

Cambridge Trust (Overseas) - Dec. 7, 2016

Cambridge Trust AHRC, ESRC - (Home/EU) Jan. 4, 2017

 


For more information and application please visit Graduate Admissions.

Find out more about the funding available.

The Reproductive Sociology Research Group supports research and teaching on the social and cultural implications of new reproductive technologies. ReproSoc is part of an expanding concentration of Reproductive Studies at Cambridge, is led by Professor Sarah Franklin and has funding from the Wellcome Trust, British Academy, ESRC, ERC, and Office of the Vice Chancellor, as well as several other funding bodies.

 

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