Gender and Sexuality Studies

University College London (UCL)

Ph. D. On Campus
36 months
21580 GBP/year
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Gender and Sexuality Studies is an inter-faculty programme drawing on the unique breadth of disciplines for which University College London (UCL) is renowned. 


The Gender and Sexuality Studies degree is offered by the Centre for Multidisciplinary from University College London (UCL), and involves staff from the faculties of Arts and Humanities, Social and Historical Sciences, Laws, and Built Environment, and the Institute of Education.

Research students can specialise in any aspect of gender or sexuality studies for which suitable supervision is available. Potential supervisors’ disciplinary perspectives are drawn from anthropology, architecture, development studies, education, geography, law, literary and film studies, queer studies, sociology and urban studies.


PhD students may go on to academic careers or careers in research. Gender is now an integral aspect of research and planning in a wide range of areas. The need to address different forms of discrimination has created a demand in both the public and the private sectors for highly qualified graduates with a broad theoretical background in gender studies, a familiarity with the issues facing women from different backgrounds, and a commitment to social change.

Programme Structure

Research areas
  • Potential supervisors have a very varied set of research interests with a focus on many different parts of the world. 
  • Their interests include nationalism and sexuality; gender and urban development in the Global South; contemporary gay and queer cinema; feminist perspectives on the home; gender and sexuality in medieval and modern European and world literature; feminist perspectives on family law; sexuality, migration and health; gender in Chinese medicine; and cultural discourses of AIDS.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months
  • Part-time
    • 60 months

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants need excellent qualifications in a relevant humanities or social science discipline: a first or very good upper second-class (minimum average 65%) Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. 
  • We prefer candidates to have a distinction or indication of distinction-level work (e.g. a distinction mark for the dissertation) at Master’s level or equivalent.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    21580 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 21580 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.

Overseas: £10,860 (PT)


Applicants may be eligible for the ESRC UBEL Doctoral Training Centre studentships, the AHRC London Arts and Humanities Partnership studentships, Commonwealth Scholarship Commision scholarships or UCL Graduate Research Studentships / Overseas Research Studentships. Anyone applying for funding is likely to need a first class first degree from the UK together with a distinction in a UK Master's degree, or equivalent qualifications. 

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