Gender Studies Postgraduate Research - PhDs and Studentships

Full Time/ Part Time
PhD by Research, MA (Res), MPhil (Res)

Academics and postgraduate students across the Faculty of Arts and Humanities are active in a wide range of research areas related to gender studies including: Gender and power; Gender and trauma; Gender, feminism and ‘post-feminism’; Queer theory; Men and masculinity studies; Feminist media studies; Gender and generations; Humanities and human rights.


Across these areas we explore in our research and teaching how gender plays a part in cultures of inequality; how girls position themselves and are positioned by a media culture for which they are simultaneously a sign of anxiety and optimism; how women’s historical struggles around suffrage frame contemporary experience; how austerity and recession culture have reinstated gender hierarchies; how women’s fiction opens up and challenges cultural assumptions; how hierarchies of gender and race are complexly intertwined; how women’s intellectual contributions can be understood as central to a history of ideas; how analysing men and masculinity is a vital component of gender studies; and how queer and transgender activism has transformed the field of gender and cultural theory. 

Applicants will need to apply through the particular school that their research will be based in. Please note that not all start dates are available for every school. 

Take a look at our current PhD and studentship opportunities


Course Modules 2019/0

As a postgraduate research student, your research degree will not contain modules.   


Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirement

To be accepted onto a doctoral degree, the standard minimum academic entry requirement is either at least a 2:1 from a UK undergraduate degree, a Master’s degree, or equivalent. Some research programmes might have higher requirements and the possibility of more specific requirements. Please take a look at our current PhD opportunities or our Faculty Graduate School and School pages to find out more.    

How to Apply

Please take a look at our information on how to apply.

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