PhD Gender Studies

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Research opportunities

The Gender Studies PhD is an interdisciplinary research area within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, supported by staff from a range of subject areas, including journalism, media and communication, English, French, Italian, history, education, social policy, criminology and politics.

PhD students in Gender Studies are expected to undertake research that results in a thesis which contributes to the wider literature in the field, thereby making an original contribution to current knowledge. Students are also expected to contribute to the Strathclyde Feminist Research Network, which offers a research seminar series, work-in-progress workshops, reading group and opportunities to share research findings through our blog.

A PhD in Gender Studies at Strathclyde may incorporate more than one of the following areas:

  • using theoretical perspectives from feminist, queer, disability and/or critical race perspectives to advance knowledge in associated areas
  • studying intersecting in/equalities in history, culture and/or society
  • assessing and evaluating approaches developed in and across different disciplinary traditions

Our expertise

At Strathclyde, we can offer supervisory expertise in a variety of areas within Gender Studies, including:

  • feminist media, literary and cultural studies
  • contemporary social movements
  • feminist histories
  • gender-based violence
  • educational inequality
  • sociology of religion
  • eco-feminism
  • reproductive rights

 

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Fees & funding

All fees quoted are per academic year unless otherwise stated.

Entrants may be subject to a small fee during the writing up period.

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Scotland

2022/23: TBC
2021/22: £4,500

England, Wales & Northern Ireland

2022/23: TBC
2021/22: £4,500

International

£15,150

Funding

Find any available funding opportunities on our scholarship search.

Postgraduate research opportunities

Search for all funded and non-funded postgraduate research opportunities.

Please note: the fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year.

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Our research

The Gender Studies PhD is an interdisciplinary research area within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, supported by staff from a range of subject areas, including:

  • Journalism, Media & Communication
  • English
  • French
  • Italian
  • History
  • Education
  • Social Policy
  • Criminology and Politics

Postgraduate research at the Strathclyde Doctoral School

The Strathclyde Doctoral School provides a vibrant and comprehensive student-centred research and training environment in order to grow and support current and future research talent. The School encompasses our four faculties and is committed to enriching the student experience, intensifying research outputs and opportunities, and ensuring training is at the highest level. As a postgraduate researcher, you'll automatically become a member of the Strathclyde Doctoral School.

Find out more about the Doctoral School

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Supervisors

All PhD students have two supervisors, and the supervisory team may be comprised of colleagues from different subject areas or schools within the faculty. Interdisciplinary applications are strongly encouraged.

Gender studies is a growing area at Strathclyde within and across traditional disciplinary areas. The staff listed below are interested in supervising postgraduate research in gender studies within the specialist areas listed.

SupervisorAreas of Expertise 
Kirstie Blair, Head of School of Humanities  
  • Victorian literature & culture, particularly poetry & poetics
  • Scottish Victorian popular culture & literature
  • working-class writing & masculinity
  • literature & religion
  • children's literature
  • fandom & fanfiction studies
  • women writers 1840-1920 
Karen Boyle, Professor of Feminist Media Studies
  • feminist film, television & media studies
  • gendered violence & representation
  • audience research & genre studies
  • UK women's liberation movement
Maddie Breeze, Strathclyde Chancellor's Fellow
  • sociology of gender, education (particularly post-secondary education)
  • youth citizenship, political participation & activism
  • sport & leisure
  • feminist methodologies in social science
  • qualitative, ethnographic, 'creative', and participatory methods
  • 'insider' research
Beatriz Caballero Rodriguez, Senior Lecturer in Hispanic Studies
  • women & mental health (madness and delirium and how they may relate to literary or artistic creativity)
  • Spanish Republican women in exile (their outputs & reception)
  • women's contribution to philosophy
  • filmic representations of gender & trauma
 
Petya Eckler, Senior Lecturer in Journalism, Media & Communication
  • body image
  • eating disorders
  • social media
Catherine Eschle, Senior Lecturer in Politics & International Relations
  • feminist political theory & feminist IR
  • feminist peace studies
  • debates in & about contemporary feminist organising, including transnationally & in global institutions
  • the gender politics & role of feminism in other social movements
Michael Higgins, Senior Lecturer in Journalism, Media & Communication
  • gender & political communication
  • gendered representations in political news
Sophie Jones, Lecturer in Contemporary Literature & Gender Studies
  • gender & post-1945 literature & film, especially American
  • the politics of reproduction
  • critical medical humanities
  • critical disability studies
  • theories & representations of the body
  • writing and/in feminist activism
Laura Kelly, Senior Lecturer in the History of Health & Medicine
  • social history of gender & medicine
  • history of sexuality & reproductive health
  • history of activism
  • women in the professions
Churnjeet Mahn, Reader in English
  • travel, especially in the context of decolonialisation
  • creative non-fiction (especially travel, memoir & essays)
  • postcolonial/decolonial approaches to sexuality
  • transnational approaches to literature which critique gender & sexuality
  • grassroots heritage movements, especially in the wake of religious & national conflict
  • inclusion & diversity in the English Literature curriculum
Melanie McCarry, Lecturer, Social Policy
  • men's violence against women & girls
  • domestic abuse (including in relation to young people's relationships & same-sex relationships)
  • forced marriage
  • sexual violence & campus-based sexual misconduct & abuse
Katharine Mitchell, Lecturer, Italian
  • Italian literature & culture, particularly domestic fiction
  • literature & the figure of the diva
  • women spectators of opera, theatre & silent film
  • women writers
  • celebrity cultures
Esperanza Miyake, Chancellor's Fellow in Journalism, Media & Communication
  • technology & gender
  • race & gender
  • gender & media/popular/consumer culture
  • critical feminist theory
  • digital identities & gender
Emma Newlands, Strathclyde Chancellor's Fellow
  • health, medicine & masculinities in the 20th Century
  • history of the modern body
Jesse Olszynko-Gryn, Strathclyde Chancellor's Fellow
  • gender & science, technology, medicine, reproduction & science fiction
Laura Piacentini, Professor of Criminology
  • cultures of punishment in the former USSR
  • gender, carcerality & geography
Elsa Richardson, Strathclyde Chancellor's Fellow
  • feminism & vegetarianism
  • early 20th Century life reform movements
  • psychoanalysis
  • occultism; the history of emotions
Yvette Taylor, Professor of Education
  • class
  • educational inequality
  • gender
  • religion
  • sexuality
Caroline Verdier, Lecturer in French
  • French & Francophone women's writing & feminism
  • representations of the body
  • writing illness & the body
  • gender & trauma
  • gender & cultural identity

 

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Support & development

The Graduate School

As a postgraduate research in Gender Studies, you'll also be a member of our Faculty Graduate School. We're members of the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities and the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science. All registered PhD students are members of one or both of these Schools (depending on your subject discipline), which provide training, event and funding opportunities. They also encompass the AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership (SGSAH) and the ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership (SGSSS), which offer fully-funded studentships. The university-wide lead for AHRC PGR/SGSAH and ESRC PGR/SGSSS is Dr Mark Ellis.

The Graduate School is also a well-equipped physical space, which further facilitates our strong emphasis on interdisciplinary working.

Postgraduate Certificate in Researcher Professional Development (PgCert RPD)

While pursuing your PhD or MPhil in Gender Studies, you'll also undertake the University’s Postgraduate Certificate in Researcher Professional Development (PG Cert RPD), which provides comprehensive professional and personal development training for all postgraduate research students.

The programme offers a tailored suite of workshops, courses, events, online provision and resources designed to meet the development needs of postgraduate research students. PhD students will graduate with the University’s Postgraduate Certificate in Researcher Professional Development. This is a unique qualification, where students can gain credits for academic-related activities, such as conference presentations and organisation. The aim is to develop skilled, confident researchers and effective and valuable potential employees.

 

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Entry requirements

For PhD, normally, a first-class or upper second-class Honours degree, or overseas equivalent, plus a Masters degree in a relevant area.

How to apply

If you're interested in studying for a PhD in Gender Studies, the first thing you need to do is to find out if there’s a supervisor available to oversee your studies. You can find that information in the supervisors tab.

The other key element is your research proposal. Read our guidelines on writing proposals.

Applications are via our Pegasus online portal.

When applying, you'll be asked to upload:

  • your research proposal
  • scans of degree certificates/transcripts
  • two academic reference letters (if it would be easier for you, you can ask your referees to send their letters direct to hass-postgrad@strath.ac.uk placing your name and the word "reference" in the subject line)
  • confirmation of funding

If you're an international applicant and don’t have a degree from a UK University (or a University where the primary medium of instruction is English), you'll also be required to provide an IELTS certificate (overall band score of 6.5 with no individual test score below 5.5).

Start date

Most PhD students start in October, so they move forward as one cohort, but you can start at any time of year (people often have to defer until they find funding.) Keep an eye on our funding databases (postgraduate research opportunities and University scholarships) for any forthcoming Strathclyde research studentship opportunities.

Start date: Oct 2021 - Sep 2022

Gender Studies

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Gender Studies

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Gender Studies

PhD
full-time
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Gender Studies

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Gender Studies (partner organisation)

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Gender Studies (partner organisation)

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Gender Studies (partner organisation)

part-time
Start date: Oct 2022 - Sep 2023

Start date: Oct 2022 - Sep 2023

Gender Studies (partner organisation)

full-time
Start date: Oct 2022 - Sep 2023

Start date: Oct 2021 - Sep 2022

Gender Studies (partner organisation)

part-time
Start date: Oct 2021 - Sep 2022

Start date: Oct 2021 - Sep 2022

Gender Studies (partner organisation)

full-time
Start date: Oct 2021 - Sep 2022

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Contact us

Research enquiries

Enquires for the PhD Gender Studies can be directed to potential supervisors.

General enquiries

Email: hass-hum-genderstudiespd@strath.ac.uk