Research course

Gender Studies

University of Sussex · School of Law, Politics and Sociology

Entry requirements

A Masters degree in a subject relevant to your research. Applicants should submit an outline research proposal (three to four pages) indicating their topic, a brief literature review, methodology, timeline and a short bibliography of relevant source

Months of entry

January, October, April

Course content

  • PhD in Gender Studies (Humanities)
  • PhD in Gender Studies (Social Sciences)
  • MPhil in Gender Studies (Humanities)

There are two doctoral pathways in gender studies:

  • Gender Studies (Humanities) for those seeking to do research in areas that are primarily, but not exclusively, cultural
  • Gender Studies (Social Sciences) for those seeking to do research in areas that are primarily sociological.

With traditional entry, research projects are planned and designed in the first year of study. If you are planning to undertake empirical research, you conduct an initial literature review and design your methodology. At the end of the first year, you are usually required to submit a research outline (for 1+3 students this can be an MSc dissertation), which is reviewed by expert faculty. This can take the form of an extended research proposal or a chapter from the planned thesis, or a combination. The second year is usually when fieldwork is conducted, if any is required, and writing up of the final thesis begins in the third year. You are supported throughout by two expert supervisors, and can also access a variety of additional training and support.

Research and teaching in gender studies crosses the subject boundaries of anthropology, art history, sociology, English, history, international relations, law, media, film, and cultural studies, and there is a wide range of potential research supervisors for PhD students in gender studies.


There are two common modes of entry for research students. First is traditional entry to an MPhil or PhD. Second is the MSc plus PhD pathway, which is the 1+3 route supported by ESRC or AHRC studentships. All new research students will be required to participate in a programme of research training modules and to take other modules that may be recommended by their supervisor. Exemption from research training modules can be granted to those who have already taken such modules at postgraduate level.

Recent thesis titles: Gender Studies (Humanities)

  • Changing media, changing feminisms
  • The older woman’s body as a source of horror
  • The queer uncanny

Recent thesis titles: Gender Studies (Social Sciences)

  • Breaking the silence – lesbian clients speaking out about their experiences of counselling
  • Honour killings in Turkey
  • Lone mothers and social policy in Korea

Information for international students

International entry requirements:

Fees and funding

UK students
£4,195 per year
International students
£15,100 per year

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Qualification and course duration


part time
36-72 months
full time
24-48 months


part time
24-48 months
full time
12-36 months

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Services
+44 (0)1273 877689