Research course

Gender and Women's Studies

Lancaster University · Gender and Women's Studies

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Entry requirements

Academic Requirements
Bachelor's degree: an upper second class honours degree (UK or equivalent) in a relevant social science background

Master's degree: a good masters degree in a relevant subject.

Additional Requirements
As part of your application you will also need to provide a viable research proposal.

Months of entry


Course content

The PhD in Gender and Women’s Studies gives you the opportunity to develop your own research skills and expertise as part of our vibrant cross-faculty feminist community. As part of this you will have a chance to be part of our active research community and to engage with both formal (e.g. seminars) and informal (e.g. coffee mornings) gatherings of staff spread across a number of research centres and departments.

You will join an international and interdisciplinary community with students working on PhDs in Sociology, Gender and Women’s Studies, Science Studies, Media and Cultural Studies, and Applied Social Science. You will be assigned PhD supervisors (usually two), and consideration will be taken to match you with supervisor(s) whose current active research interests and expertise are relevent to your chosen topic. Close working relations are enjoyed with other departments at Lancaster, and in some cases there is cross-departmental supervision.

A programme of skills and dissertation workshops designed specifically for postgraduate students within the Sociology Department runs throughout the year.

In addition, you are encouraged to attend any relevant MA taught modules, but are not required to take any for credit as part of your degree.

Information for international students

We normally require an IELTS (Academic) Test with an overall score of at least 7.0, and a minimum of 6.0 in each element of the test.

Fees and funding

Learn more at the fees and funding page.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MPhil/PhD
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Sociology Postgraduate Coordinator
+44 (0)1524 593148