Research course

Social Research and Gender and Sexuality

Birkbeck, University of London · School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy

Entry requirements

A good undergraduate degree in a related area, or relevant experience combined with an adequate academic background (subject to interview).

Months of entry


Course content

This is an interdisciplinary social science training programme designed to prepare students for further research in the workplace or for MPhil/PhD study.

The programme covers ontology, epistemology, quantitative and qualitative techniques, and advanced methods masterclasses alongside substantive courses in the area of gender and sexuality. All students also carry out an independent dissertation, putting into practice the methods and theoretical concepts they have been taught.

The programme provides a particularly strong environment for theoretically informed, interdisciplinary and socially engaged research.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

If you don't meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses, foundation programmes and language support services to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Student Advice Service
+44(0) 20 3907 0700