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


The PhD in Multi-disciplinary Gender Studies (PhD-MGS) programme introduces students from a wide variety of academic backgrounds to the traditions, methods and front-line research that shape gender analyses at an advanced level through a series of seminars and lectures as well as close personal supervision. Those who have not read the MPhil in Multi-disciplinary Gender Studies will follow a series of lectures and seminars throughout the Michaelmas and Lent terms of their first year:

  •      Theory and Controversy (MGS 1)
  •      Research Methodologies (MGS 2)
  •      Multi-disciplinary gender research seminar
  •      PhD gender seminar
  •      Multi-disciplinary speaker programme

NB: Students who have completed the MPhil in Multi-disciplinary Gender Studies need not follow MGS 1 and MGS 2.

Each PhD student will work with a principal supervisor who will guide their research.

Students are encouraged to debate ideas and concepts throughout the course and will have the opportunity to interact with world-leading experts in gender theory hosted by the Centre throughout the year through the Diane Middlebrook and Carl Djerassi Visiting Professorship (Visiting Professors have included Judith Butler, Seyla Benhabib, Nancy Fraser, Catharine McKinnon, Sara Ahmed and Jack Halberstamplease visit the Centre for Gender Studies website for full details).

One to one supervision

The University of Cambridge publishes an annual Code of Practice which sets out the University’s expectations regarding supervision.

Seminars & classes

Approximately 38 hours per year.


Approximately 22 hours per year.

Small group teaching

Individual supervision.


Students can expect to receive an online feedback report each term.


Thesis / Dissertation

Candidates are required to submit their completed thesis after the end of year three and before the end of year four. In view of that aim, it is regarded as good practice to offer a comprehensive draft for the assessment held at the conclusion of year three. The word limit for the thesis is 80,000 words.


Students are required to pass their first-year review and subsequently will be assessed at their second and third-year reviews. The final assessment of the submitted thesis will be conducted by viva voce.

Key Information

3-4 years full-time

Doctor of Philosophy

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. 1, 2020
Application deadline
Jan. 7, 2021
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2021

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

Graduate Funding Competition
Jan. 7, 2021
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 14, 2020

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2021, Lent 2022 and Easter 2022.

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