Research course

Sexuality and Gender Studies (on-campus or by distance learning)

University of Birmingham · Department of Modern Languages
PhDMA by research

Entry requirements

This programme welcomes applicants from a range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives, but a good Honours degree is normally a requirement.

Months of entry


Course content

Postgraduate research in Sexuality and Gender Studies is a truly interdisciplinary collaboration, staffed by academics from a range of disciplines, each bringing their specific expertise to bear on the topics under discussion.

The programmes introduce you to a range of theoretical and methodological issues and debates, which have characterised the development of sexuality and gender studies in the twentieth century. These include: feminist theory, masculinity studies, queer theory, postcolonial theory, psychoanalysis, ethnography, sexology, and criminology.
The MA by Research programme requires you to prepare a dissertation of up to 40,000 words on a topic of your choice, for which an academic staff member will provide expert supervision.
The PhD – the most advanced research degree – leads to a dissertation of up to 80,000 words on a subject of your choice and under the expert supervision of an academic member of staff.
You can study for a PhD on campus or by Distance Learning.
Postgraduate research is pursued in its broadest social andintellectual context, and you develop your research project within an active and friendly postgraduate community. Postgraduates are offered opportunities topresent work-in-progress at Departmental Research Seminars and at the School Postgraduate Forum. As appropriate, staff and supervisors will also guide postgraduate students in important areas beyond the thesis itself, such as thepreparation of external conference papers and research publications. Since weare particularly interested in interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary work, itis possible to arrange joint supervision involving staff from other departments,thereby giving you access to a broader knowledge base and maximising the quality and originality of your work.

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Department specialisms

Please refer to the research interests list provided here:

Fees and funding

UK students
£4,121 FT - £2,061 PT
International students
£13,680 FT - £6,840 PT (DL only)

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Qualification and course duration


distance learning
36-72 months
part time
72 months
full time
36 months

MA by research

distance learning
12-24 months
part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate enquiry service
0121 414 5005