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As someone who completed the MPhil and is currently in the PhD programme at the Centre for Gender Studies, I am honoured to be part of a community that is not only intellectually stimulating but also incredibly supportive. The PhD programme thus far has been an especially enriching experience, as the Centre’s unique multi-disciplinary approach allows students to weave our individual disciplinary interests with a critical feminist perspective, taking our work to the forefront of innovative gender research. Most of all, I am grateful for the constant academic and administrative guidance. Doing a PhD can be overwhelming and stressful at times; however, encouragement from faculty/members of the Centre and my supervisor throughout this rigorous process has been empowering and confidence-boosting.

Farhana Rahman (September 2019)

The experiences to be gained from undertaking a PhD can never be fully known at the outset. It is always a leap into the dark in some respects, so the opportunity to reflect is invaluable. Academically speaking the doctorate programme in gender studies has been transformational. Having written and submitted my thesis within a three-year time-frame, defending it in early February 2016, I have progressed from reading papers in leading journals with awe, to successfully publishing in them.

This would simply not have been possible without the inspiration and support of a core network of individuals I have been fortunate enough to be surrounded by during my time at Cambridge. My future plans are to continue to publish, writing on core issues of gender in philosophy, economics, corporate governance and business ethics. And following the recommendations of my examiners, I am also developing the thesis into a monograph for publication, so hope to be able to contribute in some small way to the crucial feminist and gender studies canon.

Helen Mussell (March 2016)

The Centre for Gender Studies as a whole has been such an amazing support system during my time at the University of Cambridge. It has provided me with extensive academic and professional networks that have proven instrumental for my post graduate career. I successfully defended my thesis in October 2015. Following on from graduation, I have been granted a book contract – turning my thesis into a book looking at youth employment in the Middle East. In addition, I am currently working on a UN Women Project as a Regional Project Manager producing economic and gender profiles for the Arab Gulf states. I am looking forward to establishing new academic programmes in the UK and Qatar focusing on women and employment in the Middle East and North Africa.

Mona Hamade (October 2015)

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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:

Michaelmas 2021

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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