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Postgraduate Study

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

The University of Cambridge Centre for Gender Studies (UCCGS) offers a full-time and part-time PhD programme in Multi-disciplinary Gender Studies. Through lectures, seminars, workshops, public events, and especially work with a supervisor from any department or faculty at the University of Cambridge, students will develop both general knowledge of the field(s) of gender studies as well as specific knowledge related to their own research project. Students will  gain advanced methodological training suitable to conduct their own research from both in-house seminars and workshops and from supporting programmes around Cambridge. PhD students receive training in a wide variety of academic skills such as engagement with other scholars in seminars, and preparation for academic publishing and the job market. They will also have the opportunity to gain teaching skills, to organise their own conferences, and to participate in various forms of public engagement and other aspects of academic life as part of a lively and supportive community of scholars from UCCGS, and around the University and beyond. 

Further information, including current and past student profiles, is available on the Centre's website.

PhDs in Multi-disciplinary Gender Studies emerge prepared for a wide variety of careers in academia and related fields such as governments, NGOs, media, advocacy, and more.

Learning Outcomes

The PhD programme is designed to enable students to produce original research that makes a significant contribution to the field of gender studies. The outcomes of the programme are achieved both through a focused study of a wide range of selected specialised aspects of gender analysis and through the development of more general research skills and methods that enable the student to produce original, independent work. The course aims to provide students with the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to:

  • frame research questions to construct appropriate research designs;
  • develop relevant methods for gathering, analysing and interpreting research material;
  • apply normative theories to substantive research topics;
  • 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;
  • and present research and also make use of constructive criticism.


Applicants applying to continue from the MPhil in Multi-disciplinary Gender Studies at Cambridge will need to achieve a mark of 70 per cent or more overall and 70 per cent in the dissertation element of the MPhil.

Should the admissions committee extend an offer, this would be on the condition of meeting the academic requirements that apply to the course.  If the condition is not met at the end of the MPhil programme, the offer will be withdrawn. Applicants should note that while 70 is the minimum required both overall and on the dissertation element of the MPhil to proceed to the PhD, applicants with, or on track to receive, 75 or higher will be the most competitive. 

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 PhD director, which will be advertised at our website:


This course is advertised in the following departments:

Key Information

3-4 years full-time

4-7 years part-time

Study Mode : Research

Doctor 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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