Research course

Gender Studies

University of East Anglia · Faculty of Arts and Humanities
PhDMPhilMA by research

Entry requirements

For entry on to the MPhil or PhD programme, we would normally expect an applicant to hold a 2:1 honours degree or equivalent, and a good Masters degree or equivalent, in a relevant subject. For entry on to the MA by Research programme, we would normally expect an applicant to hold a 2:1 honours degree, or equivalent, in a relevant subject.

Please note that not all schools offer an MA by Research.

Months of entry

January, October

Course content

Research areas and strengths

Academics and postgraduate students across the Faculty of Arts and Humanities are active in a wide range of research areas related to gender studies including:

  • Gender and power;
  • Gender and trauma;
  • Gender, feminism and ‘post-feminism’;
  • Queer theory;
  • Men and masculinity studies;
  • Feminist media studies;
  • Gender and generations;
  • Humanities and human rights.

Across these areas we explore in our research and teaching how gender plays a part in cultures of inequality; how girls position themselves and are positioned by a media culture for which they are simultaneously a sign of anxiety and optimism; how women’s historical struggles around suffrage frame contemporary experience; how austerity and recession culture have reinstated gender hierarchies; how women’s fiction opens up and challenges cultural assumptions; how hierarchies of gender and race are complexly intertwined; how women’s intellectual contributions can be understood as central to a history of ideas; how analysing men and masculinity is a vital component of gender studies; and how queer and transgender activism has transformed the field of gender and cultural theory.

Applicants will need to apply through the particular school that their research will be based in.

Please note that the research degrees available, entry requirements, and start dates will vary depending on which school the research is based in.

Information for international students

All applicants who are not a British national and/or whose first language is not English will need to demonstrate a suitable level of English language proficiency. This is equivalent to an IELTS 7.0 overall, with a minimum of 7.0 in the writing component and a minimum of 6.5 in the other components.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months


part time
48 months
full time
24 months

MA by research

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Research Service
+44 (0) 1603 591 709