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Multi-disciplinary Gender Studies is no longer accepting new applications.

The MPhil in Multi-disciplinary Gender Studies is a 9-month course designed to provide students with rigorous advanced training in a variety of traditions and methods, including those from feminist and queer theories, as well as thorough examination of frontline research in Gender Studies. It offers expert supervision of a substantial and original research project as well as the provision of a variety of intensive taught courses. The MPhil is designed for those students who wish to go on to prepare a doctoral thesis and also for those students who simply want to enhance their understanding of ‘gender analysis’ - it is a freestanding postgraduate degree course in its own right. The course aims to provide not only subject-related knowledge skills but also transferable research, study and personal skills.

Learning Outcomes

The MPhil in Multi-disciplinary Gender Studies  provides an exceptionally wide range of disciplinary approaches, methods and theoretical perspectives to the study of gender. The course will give students the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to:

  • use a range of methods for gathering, analysing and interpreting research material.
  • apply normative theories to substantive research topics.
  • frame research questions, to construct appropriate research designs, and develop a thorough grasp of a wide range of methodological approaches.
  • interpret complex research publications effectively.
  • independently manage primary research, including data management and the writing up of research as well as understanding codes of research practice and research ethics.
  • present research and also to make use of constructive criticism.


70 per cent or more overall and 70 per cent in the dissertation element.

Open Days

The Postgraduate Virtual Open Day usually takes place at the end of October. It’s a great opportunity to ask questions to admissions staff and academics, explore the Colleges virtually, and to find out more about courses, the application process and funding opportunities. Visit the Postgraduate Open Day page for more details.

See further the Postgraduate Admissions Events pages for other events relating to Postgraduate study, including study fairs, visits and international events.

The Centre will also hold virtual Q&A admissions sessions with the MPhil director, which will be advertised at our website:


This course is advertised in the following departments:

Key Information

9 months full-time

Study Mode : Taught

Master of Philosophy

Centre for Gender Studies This course is advertised in multiple departments. Please see the Overview tab for more details.

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 4, 2023
Application deadline
Dec. 5, 2023
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2024

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Course Funding Deadline
Dec. 5, 2023
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 11, 2023

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2024, Lent 2025 and Easter 2025.

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