Gender studies (2016 entry)

Subject overview

  • The Centre for Gender Studies covers many areas of gender research, nationally and internationally. The Sussex Centre for Cultural Studies has a strong focus on gender and looks into questions of power, representation and identity.
  • Gender studies at Sussex offers opportunities to work on issues of representation, identity and sexuality, politics and social relations.
  • Gender studies is quintessentially interdisciplinary and intersectional, working across subjects such as sociology, law, media studies, English, international relations and anthropology, and exploring how gender interacts with categories such as race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, disability and age to shape experience.
  • Our students are highly committed and active, with their own PhD seminar series NGender and strong links with local women’s and LGBT groups.
  • Gender studies is an excellent area for lifelong learning, providing perspectives and information that will illuminate your personal experience and enhance your career prospects.

Programmes

  • PhD in Gender Studies (Humanities)
  • PhD in Gender Studies (Social Sciences)
  • MPhil in Gender Studies (Humanities)

There are two doctoral pathways in gender studies:

  • Gender Studies (Humanities) for those seeking to do research in areas that are primarily, but not exclusively, cultural
  • Gender Studies (Social Sciences) for those seeking to do research in areas that are primarily sociological.

With traditional entry, research projects are planned and designed in the first year of study. If you are planning to undertake empirical research, you conduct an initial literature review and design your methodology. At the end of the first year, you are usually required to submit a research outline (for 1+3 students this can be an MSc dissertation), which is reviewed by expert faculty. This can take the form of an extended research proposal or a chapter from the planned thesis, or a combination. The second year is usually when fieldwork is conducted, if any is required, and writing up of the final thesis begins in the third year. You are supported throughout by two expert supervisors, and can also access a variety of additional training and support.

Research and teaching in gender studies crosses the subject boundaries of anthropology, art history, sociology, English, history, international relations, law, media, film, and cultural studies, and there is a wide range of potential research supervisors for PhD students in gender studies.

Coursework 

There are two common modes of entry for research students. First is traditional entry to an MPhil or PhD. Second is the MSc plus PhD pathway, which is the 1+3 route supported by ESRC or AHRC studentships. All new research students will be required to participate in a programme of research training modules and to take other modules that may be recommended by their supervisor. Exemption from research training modules can be granted to those
who have already taken such modules at postgraduate level.

Recent thesis titles: Gender Studies (Humanities)

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Recent thesis titles: Gender Studies (Social Sciences) 

Breaking the silence – lesbian clients speaking out about their experiences of counselling

Honour killings in Turkey

Lone mothers and social policy in Korea

Entry requirements

MPhil in Gender Studies (Humanities)

UK entrance requirements

A first- or upper second-class undergraduate honours degree or equivalent. Applicants should submit an outline (two to three pages) of their research interests

Overseas entrance requirements

If your country is not listed below, please contact the University at E pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk

If you have any questions about your qualifications after consulting our overseas qualifications, contact the University at E pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each section.

For more information, refer to What qualifications do I need?

PhD in Gender Studies (Humanities)

UK entrance requirements

A Masters degree in a subject relevant to your research. Applicants should submit an outline research proposal (three to four pages) indicating their topic, a brief literature review, methodology, timeline and a short bibliography of relevant source

Overseas entrance requirements

If you are an international student and wish to find out if you have the necessary qualifications for this degree, please refer to Overseas qualifications.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each section.

For more information, refer to What qualifications do I need?

PhD in Gender Studies (Social Sciences)

UK entrance requirements

A Masters degree in a subject relevant to your research. Applicants should submit an outline research proposal (three to four pages) indicating their topic, a brief literature review, methodology, timeline and a short bibliography of relevant source

Overseas entrance requirements

If you are an international student and wish to find out if you have the necessary qualifications for this degree, please refer to Overseas qualifications.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each section.

For more information, refer to What qualifications do I need?

Visas and immigration

Find out more about Visas and immigration.

For more information about the admissions process at Sussex

For pre-application enquiries:

Student Recruitment Services
T +44 (0)1273 876787
E pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk

For post-application enquiries:

Postgraduate Admissions,
University of Sussex,
Sussex House, Falmer,
Brighton BN1 9RH, UK
T +44 (0)1273 877773
F +44 (0)1273 678545
E pg.applicants@sussex.ac.uk 

Fees and funding

Fees

MPhil in Gender Studies (Humanities) fees

Home UK/EU students: £4,1211
Channel Island and Isle of Man students: £4,1212
Overseas students: £14,8003

1 The fee shown is for the academic year 2016.
2 The fee shown is for the academic year 2016.
3 The fee shown is for the academic year 2016.

PhD in Gender Studies (Humanities) fees

Home UK/EU students: £4,1211
Channel Island and Isle of Man students: £4,1212
Overseas students: £14,8003

1 The fee shown is for the academic year 2016.
2 The fee shown is for the academic year 2016.
3 The fee shown is for the academic year 2016.

PhD in Gender Studies (Social Sciences) fees

Home UK/EU students: £4,1211
Channel Island and Isle of Man students: £4,1212
Overseas students: £14,8003

1 The fee shown is for the academic year 2016.
2 The fee shown is for the academic year 2016.
3 The fee shown is for the academic year 2016.

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Scholarships

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For more information on scholarships go to the Scholarships web pages.

Faculty interests

Gender studies at Sussex has clusters of expertise but we welcome proposals that fall outside of these themes as our supervisory expertise is very broad. Research interests of our faculty are briefly described below.

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Gender activism, gender politics

Our scholars map women’s and LGBTQ movements both historically and in the contemporary context, in this country and abroad. A number of faculty also work on current ‘hot topic’ areas such as abortion, trans issues, sex work and sexual violence, and many engage in grassroots activism themselves. 

Prof Andrea Cornwall
Professor of Anthropology and International Development
A.Cornwall@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Brazil, democratisation, Empowerment, gender and development, Gender and Sexuality, Nigeria, participation, public engagement, Public health

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Prof Beate Jahn
Professor of International Relations
B.Jahn@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Liberal internationalism

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Dr Margaretta Jolly
Reader in Cultural Studies
M.Jolly@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Creative and critical writing, Cultural and Creative Industries, cultural studies, Everyday Life, Feminist theory, genre, history of feminism, letters and diaries, Life writing, Mass Observation, oral history, Self-identity, self-narratives, women's liberation

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Prof Alison Phipps
Professor of Gender Studies
A.E.Phipps@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Feminist theory, Gender and Sexuality, higher education, Laddism, neoliberalism, political sociology, Rape, Reproductive Justice, Sex industry, Sex work, Sexual harassment, sexual violence

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Prof Cynthia Weber
Professor of International Relations
C.Weber@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Ethics

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Gender and culture

Gender research at Sussex includes all aspects of culture and everyday life – art, literature, film, social and digital media, representation and narrative, high culture and popular culture, the institutional level and the micropolitics of the everyday, including the ordinary and the extraordinary. Gender infuses all aspects of human communication and this is reflected in our work. 

Prof Caroline Bassett
Professor Of Media And Communications
C.Bassett@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Critical Digital Humanities, Critical Theory, cultural and media policies, Design of public spaces, Digital Humanities, digital media, media history and theory, media technology and innovation, Sexual and gendered subjectivities, Socio-cultural impact of new media, sociology of expertise

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Dr Denise Decaires Narain
Senior Lecturer in English
D.Decaires-Narain@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Caribbean women's writing

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Prof Liz James
Professor of History of Art
E.James@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Byzantine art, Byzantine culture and society, colour, gender, mosaics, sensory perceptions

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Prof Kate Lacey
Professor of Media History & Theory
K.Lacey@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: 20th C German History, Broadcasting History, Gender Studies, History of sound, Listening, media history, media theory, Public sphere theory, Radio Studies, Role of the media in processes of democratisation, Sound studies

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Prof Claire Langhamer
Professor Of Modern British History
C.L.Langhamer@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: history of emotion, history of love, Modern British history, social and cultural history

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Prof Vicky Lebeau
Professor of English
V.A.Lebeau@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: cinema and childhood, image and text, NHS in literature and culture, psychoanalysis

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Dr Monika Metykova
Senior Lecturer in Media Communications/Journalism Studies
M.Metykova@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: cultural and media policies, Journalism, media and democracy, media and diversity, media and migration, political economy of media

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Prof Sue Thornham
Professor of Media & Film Studies
S.Thornham@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Cultural Theory, Feminist theory, Film History, Theory and Criticism, Gender Studies

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Ms Janice Winship
Reader in Media & Film Studies
J.Winship@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Film-based media

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Gender, society and state

Our faculty work on issues to do with the social relations of gender, with interests ranging from how gendered norms and values shape everyday life to the gendering of state institutions, policies and legislation. Our work focuses on social policy issues such as education, reproduction and violence, in national and international contexts. 

Dr Ben Fincham
Senior Lecturer
B.M.Fincham@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Cycling, death, employment, fun, Gender and Sexuality, Happiness, masculinity, mobilities, suicide, Work

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Dr Tamsin Hinton-Smith
Senior Lecturer In Higher Education
J.T.Hinton-Smith@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Feminist and qualitative research methods, Feminist theory, Gender Studies, higher education, Sociology of Education, Widening participation

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Dr Pamela Kea
Senior Lecturer In Anthropology
P.J.Kea@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Anthropology of West Africa, Asylum and FGM, childhood and youth, Decolonial critique and the arts, Feminist theory, gender, Home-making practices, Intimacy and transnational kinship relations, Migration and Mobility, Postcolonial/Decolonial theory, race and ethnicity, The aesthetics of migration, The household moral economy, Transnational networks and subjectivities, Visual and Material Culture

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Dr Hannah Mason-Bish
Lecturer In Sociology And Criminology
H.Mason-Bish@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: disability, gender, hate crime, Social constructionism, victims

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Prof Filippo Osella
Professor Of Anthropology And South Asian Studies
F.Osella@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: anthropology of gender and masculinity, anthropology of Islam and Hinduism, anthropology of migration, anthropology of South Asia, anthropology of trade and entrepreneurship, charity & philanthropy, Economic anthropology, India, Pakistan, Persian/Arab Gulf GCC countries, Sri Lanka

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Dr Lizzie Seal
Senior Lecturer in Sociology/Criminology
E.C.Seal@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Criminology, Cultural History, gender, Violence

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International/global feminisms

Our faculty conduct research in many countries, and we have a number of anthropologists who engage in ethnographic fieldwork all over the world. We benefit from the opportunity to interrogate our assumptions – and our feminisms – through crosscultural comparisons and a diversity of theories and politics. 

Prof Jane Cowan
Professor of Social Anthropology
J.Cowan@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: anthropology of gender and masculinity, Balkans, Dance Performance, Diplomacy & International Relations, Ethnography And Anthropology, Feminist theory, Gender and Sexuality, Greece, Human Rights, International Organization, Minority Rights, Social and political theory, Social anthropology

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Dr Anne-Meike Fechter
Senior Lecturer in Anthropology
A.Fechter@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Aid, Aid Workers, Cambodia, childhood and youth, Development, Expatriates, gender, Indonesia, Migration, Mobility, Morality and Ethics, southeast asia, Transnationalism

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Dr Elizabeth Harrison
Reader in Anthropology and International Development
E.A.Harrison@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Anthropology and ethnography, Anti-corruption, community, gender, International Development, Irrigation, Moralities, Natural Resource Management, Participation and engagement, Political anthropology, Sub-Saharan Africa, United Kingdom

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Prof Maya Unnithan
Professor Of Social And Medical Anthropology
M.Unnithan@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: caste and kinship, childbirth and infertility, gender and development, health and migration, human rights and reproductive health, maternal health inequalities, reproductive technologies, Social anthropology

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LGBT and queer studies

Sussex has the largest concentration of queer studies scholars in Europe. We are a key hub for research in gender and sexuality and queer theory. Our faculty work on many cutting-edge funded projects. Our proximity to Brighton provides many opportunities for you to explore LGBTQ culture in Brighton and in London. 

Dr Michael Lawrence
Reader
Michael.Lawrence@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Adaptation, animals and media, Bollywood, children and film, indian cinema, Stars and performance

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Mr Andy Medhurst
Senior Lecturer in Media, Film & Cultural Studies
A.Medhurst@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Genre of comedy

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Dr Sharif Mowlabocus
Senior Lecturer Of Media Studies/DigitalMedia
S.J.Mowlabocus@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: 'race' and class, Critical Digital Humanities, Digital Culture, digital embodiment, digital media, E-Health, Embodiment and Technologies, Gay & Lesbian Studies, Gender and Sexuality, Human Touch for ICT, Ideas of pornography, M-Health, Media & Communication Studies, Mobile Apps, Pornography, Queer and Transgender Representation, Queer Theory, representation

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Prof Sally Munt
Professor of Cultural/Gender Studies
S.R.Munt@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: 'race' and class, Alternative Spiritualities/New Religious Movements, cultural geography and space, cultural studies, Culture and Identity Rights, Everyday Life, Gender and Sexuality, history of emotion, Mental Health and Well-Being

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Dr Kate O'Riordan
Reader in Media
K.ORiordan@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Biodigital Life, Bioinformatics, Critical Digital Humanities, Digital Arts History, Theory and Practice, Digital Culture, digital media, Feminist and qualitative research methods, Feminist theory, Genomics, Media & Communication Studies, Post-digital, Queer studies, Research Ethics, Science Studies

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Dr Vincent Quinn

eafa1@sussex.ac.uk

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Dr Niall Richardson
Senior Lecturer
N.D.Richardson@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: body image in film and media, disability and human rights, Queer studies, representation of gender and sexuality in film and popular culture, Transgender politics and representation

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Careers and perspectives

Our courses aim to cater equally for those seeking to develop an existing research interest, those in a career in which issues of gender play an important role, and those who simply wish to explore a broad range of issues concerning gender. Our graduates have gone on to careers as researchers, administrators and communications officers for charities and NGOs.

To find out more, visit Careers and alumni

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The University’s Doctoral School runs a wide range of training courses covering the needs of students throughout all phases of their studies.

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School and contacts

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PhD in Gender Studies (Social Sciences)

Dr Alison Phipps, Director of Gender Studies, 
University of Sussex, Falmer, 
Brighton BN1 9SP, UK 
T +44 (0)1273 877689 
E a.e.phipps@sussex.ac.uk

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MPhil, PhD in Gender Studies (Humanities) 

Professor Sally Munt, 
School of Media, Film and Music, 
University of Sussex, Falmer, 
Brighton, BN1 9RG, UK 
T +44 (0)1273 678834 
E s.r.munt@sussex.ac.uk

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