Gender & Sexuality Studies MPhil/ PhD

Applicants with excellent qualifications in a relevant humanities or social science field are encouraged to send a CV and a research proposal to the convenor of the Gender & Sexuality Studies programme, Professor Ann Varley.

Your proposal, of 1,000-1,500 words, should address the following areas:

  • your research aims and questions
  • some discussion of existing scholarship on the subject
  • a clear statement about your methodological approach
  • if you wish, a provisional chapter outline.

All applicants must approach the convenor of the Gender and Sexuality Studies programme, Ann Varley, with their proposals before applying. Applications which are received without the agreement of the convenor will not be considered.

We normally expect PhD applicants to have a First or very high Upper Second in their first degree (or equivalent) and a Distinction or indication of distinction-level work at Masters level (or equivalent). All PhD applicants should present a convincing, well-argued and carefully formulated proposal and should have excellent standards of academic English.

The admission process requires an interview with your prospective supervisor(s) and another academic member of staff. Once you have submitted your application to UCL, your prospective supervisor will contact you to set up an interview. It can be conducted in person or via skype (for applicants who are not currently based in London).

PhD candidates can choose Gender Studies or Sexuality Studies as the field of study to appear on statements confirming the degree award; other options may also be possible.

Please note that no references will be provided, for example, for applications for a Commonwealth Scholarship, unless, at a minimum, a formal offer of admission to UCL has already been made and a supervisor identified. From first contact to this point can take some months, so please allow enough time to complete the process before asking for a reference.

More information about the application process.


For information about funding opportunities please visit the CMII funding page. Please note that to apply for a Wolfson (tbc), GRS/ORS or LAHP scholarship (2018/19 entry) you must have received an offer by the time you submit your application. 

UCL, Bloomsbury & East London Doctoral Training Partnership

Applicants for the Gender programme may be eligible to apply for ESRC scholarships. Prospective candidates must contact Professor Ann Varley in October and must have applied formally to UCL by 1 December (the application must be complete with references).

Departmental contact: Julia Wagner