Research course

Multi-disciplinary Gender Studies

University of Cambridge · Department of Politics and International Studies

Entry requirements

Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK Masters (Merit).

Applicants must have completed (or be currently enrolled on) a Master's Degree, and will need to achieve an overall mark of 70% and a mark of 70% on any dissertation component, or the equivalents under different academic systems. Registration on to the MGS PhD programme is subject to standard Departmental procedures (successful assessment of the first-year review).

Months of entry


Course content

The University of Cambridge Centre for Gender Studies (UCCGS) offers a full-time and part-time PhD programme in Multi-disciplinary Gender Studies. Through lectures, seminars, workshops, public events, and especially work with a supervisor from any department or faculty at the University of Cambridge, students will develop both general knowledge of the field(s) of gender studies as well as specific knowledge related to their own research project. Students will gain advanced methodological training suitable to conduct their own research from both in-house seminars and workshops and from supporting programmes around Cambridge. PhD students receive training in a wide variety of academic skills such as engagement with other scholars in seminars, and preparation for academic publishing and the job market. They will also have the opportunity to gain teaching skills, to organise their own conferences, and to participate in various forms of public engagement and other aspects of academic life as part of a lively and supportive community of scholars from UCCGS, and around the University and beyond.

Further information, including current and past student profiles, is available on the Centre's website.

PhDs in Multi-disciplinary Gender Studies emerge prepared for a wide variety of careers in academia and related fields such as governments, NGOs, media, advocacy, and more.

The PhD programme is designed to enable students to produce original research that makes a significant contribution to the field of gender studies. The outcomes of the programme are achieved both through a focused study of a wide range of selected specialised aspects of gender analysis and through the development of more general research skills and methods that enable the student to produce original, independent work. The course aims to provide students with the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to:

  • frame research questions to construct appropriate research designs;
  • develop relevant methods for gathering, analysing and interpreting research material;
  • apply normative theories to substantive research topics;
  • interpret complex research publications effectively;
  • independently manage primary research, including data management and the writing up of research as well as understanding codes of research practice and research ethics;
  • and present research and also to make use of constructive criticism.

Information for international students

Language Requirement

IELTS (Academic)

Element Score

Listening 7.0

Writing 7.0

Reading 7.0

Speaking 7.0

Total 7.5

TOEFL Internet Score

Element Score

Listening 25

Writing 25

Reading 25

Speaking 25

Total 110


Score: Grade A & B (overall score of 193, with no element lower than 185 plus a Language Centre assessment)


Score: Grade A, B, or C (with at least 200 with no element lower than 185).

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    36-48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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