Gender and Sexuality Studies is an inter-faculty programme drawing on the unique breadth of disciplines for which UCL is renowned. The degree is offered by the Centre for Multidisciplinary and Intercultural Inquiry, and involves staff from the faculties of Arts and Humanities, Social and Historical Sciences, Laws, and Built Environment, and the Institute of Education.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2020/21)
Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website.
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.
English language requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Advanced
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.
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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.
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.
About this degree
A student planning to undertake fieldwork outside the UK will have to find funding to cover the costs.
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. We look for similar levels of academic ability in all applicants, together with excellent written English (IELTS 'Advanced' level).
For information about some available scholarships please visit the SELCS/CMII Funding and Scholarships website. For information about ESRC funding, please visit the UBEL website. Anyone seeking funding must submit their UCL application by December (earlier than for other SELCS/CMII programmes), after discussing their plans with the programme convenor.
Please note that no references will be provided for candidates for Commonwealth Scholarship Commission funding unless they ha
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.
- Deadline: 10 January (for application of admission to UCL)
- UK/EU rate fees, a maintenance stipend, conference costs and professional development package (3 years)
- Based on both academic merit and financial need
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
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.
The PhD demonstrates the ability to produce original knowledge and ideas, to work independently and creatively on a substantial research project, and to construct convincing and well-founded arguments. Links with the Gender, Society and Representation MA offer teaching assistant opportunities that provide valuable academic experience in skills development, planning and organising learning and teaching, facilitating group-based learning and evaluating student work. PhD candidates can choose Gender Studies or Sexuality Studies as the field of study on statements confirming the degree award; other options may be possible.
An additional benefit of studying at UCL is the opportunity to meet students from a wide range of national and disciplinary backgrounds. These links create valuable networking opportunities, both in the UK and overseas. The interdisciplinary nature of the programme means that networking opportunities extend to the different contributing departments in which supervisors are based. Those working on gender-related themes can participate in UCL's Gender and Feminism research network; those working on sexualities, the UCL LGBTQ research network.
Why study this degree at UCL?
As a multi-faculty institution in the heart of cosmopolitan London, covering an exceptionally wide range of disciplines, UCL offers an ideal environment for gender studies. Research students normally have a primary and secondary supervisor from different disciplines, so studying at UCL provides an opportunity to take full advantage of these interdisciplinary strengths.
UCL was the first British university to admit women on equal terms with men. Women associated with UCL have included family planning pioneer, Marie Stopes, novelists Stella Gibbons and A.S. Byatt, anthropologist Mary Douglas, architect Eileen Gray, crystallographer Kathleen Lonsdale and artists Rachel Whiteread and Paula Rego.
Training programmes are designed on an individual basis by the student's supervisor, and generally involve participation in activities offered by the department of the primary supervisor. Students also take advantage of training provided by the UCL Doctoral School and CMII research student seminars.
Application and next steps
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
- All applicants
- 24 July 2020
All applicants must send the convenor an initial research proposal; she can advise on who might supervise. Proposals should be 1,000-1,500 words long, with a title, an overview of existing scholarship related to the research aims and objectives, specific research questions and a description of the methodology to be employed.
Candidates wishing to apply for funding should contact the programme convenor in October and submit the UCL application by 1 December 2019.
We recommend that you apply in the autumn to start the programme the following September.
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