This is a regional programme and a significant number of places during each intake are reserved for regional candidates drawn from countries such as Zambia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi, Lesotho, etc.
The minimum requirements are a good first degree in law (usually a 2.1 pass) and in exceptional cases a degree in a related discipline (e.g Social Science or Gender or Development Studies) would be acceptable as well.
In the selection process the candidate's post-graduation work and other experience in areas related to women and the law will be taken into account.
Programme duration and structure
The programme will normally commence in January of each calendar year and will run until May/June of the following year (18 months).
1. The first semester (15 weeks) will focus on theories and methodologies in Women’s Law - comprising lectures, seminars, fieldwork and research methodology practicals. That is:
Theories and Perspectives in Women’s Law MWL 501
Research Methodologies and Methods in Women’s Law MWL 502
Practical Paper MWL 503
The first semester will normally be conducted from January to April in the year in which the programme begins, although the University reserves the right to vary the time when this section of the programme is offered in any year.
2. The second semester which will run for 12 weeks, normally commencing in mid June of the year in which a programme commences. In this semester candidates will:
Take two options from the list of optional courses offered in the MWL programme, which are:
Women, Access to Resources and the Law MWL 01
Men, Gender and the Law, A Masculine Perspective MWL 02
Women, Commerce and Law in Africa MWL 03
Women, Law Reform and Social Justice Strategies MWL 04
Women, Human Rights, Constitutions and the International Arena: MWL 05
Women and Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure and Punishment MWL 06
An African Perspectiv Women, Family, Culture and the Law MWL 07
188.8.131.52 The WLC shall determine which optional
During the second semester candidates will determine their dissertation topic for the third semester and develop their dissertation proposal and field work methodology and methods under the guidance of supervisors approved by the Departmental Board of the Women’s Law Centre and appointed by the Director of the Women’s Law Centre.
In the third semester each candidate shall conduct field research and present for examination a 20 000-25 000 word dissertation in a selected field in Women’s Law (see 184.108.40.206 above). The research for the dissertation should be carried out in the candidate’s home country, the writing up will, normally, be conducted at the Women’s Law Centre, University of Zimbabwe.