Opportunities for research in the pioneering field of gender studies are unparalleled. Students participate in our seminars and workshops, as well as following a research training programme within the Institute. Our key research areas are: globalisation, complex inequalities, work and care; feminist political theory: democracy, equality and multiculturalism; new femininities, technologies and the body, new media, masculinities, representation and cultural politics; sexualities, intersectionality: gender race, ethnicity and social class, and feminist epistemology and methodology. Research supervision is also available in other areas, but in these cases students will have a primary supervisor from a department outside the Gender Institute.
The objectives of the MPhil/PhD are to promote excellence in gender research. We provide students with an advanced training in the current state of gender theory, research and debate in a supportive intellectual environment within which to pursue original research. The aim is to enable students to complete a PhD thesis within three years, or an MPhil thesis in two years.
The key to research training is the supervisor. However, the Institute also requires research students to audit the MSc Gender courses Gender Theories in the Modern World: An Interdisciplinary approach and Gender Knowledge and Research Practice. Students also attend the fortnightly doctoral workshop for registered Gender Institute students, and research seminar series plus additional Methodology Institute courses, or other courses as directed by the supervisor. First year students will be assessed after the first year by means of a 5,000 word paper relating to their thesis, evaluated by a panel. Students have to pass their upgrading of registration within 15 months, and are subsequently reviewed annually.
International Student Requirements:
IELTS 7.0 or TOEFL 627.