PhD
4 years full time, 6 years part time
Choose to start in September 2017, January 2018 or May 2018

Gender Studies (Social Sciences)

Explore the social structures and discourses of gender – our expert faculty offer guidance and supervision through a wide range of research projects.

You could work on topics such as:

  • social aspects of gender including work and/or family life
  • the politics of the body
  • the construction of gendered discourses, experiences and identities
  • women’s, feminist and LGBTQ social movements.

Full-time and part-time study

You can choose to work on your research full time or part time. For details about part-time study, contact Professor Alison Phipps, Director of Gender Studies, at a.e.phipps@sussex.ac.uk

How to apply

If you’d like to join us as a research student, there are two main routes:

Find out how to apply for a PhD at Sussex

Faculty

Explore our research interests and find a potential supervisor.

  • Faculty profiles

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

    Research interests: Caribbean women's writing

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    Dr Emile Devereaux
    Lecturer In Digital Media
    E.Devereaux@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Critical Gender Studies, Digital Art & Design, Digital Cartography, Digital Culture, Interaction design, media history and theory, Tactical Media, Visual Studies

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    Dr Simidele Dosekun
    Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies
    S.Dosekun@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Africa, Consumer studies, Feminist theory, gender, popular culture, race and ethnicity in global perspective, representation

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    Dr Katherine Farrimond
    Lecturer in Media & Cultural Studies
    K.Farrimond@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: crime fictions, cultural studies, Feminist theory, Film, film noir, Gender and Sexuality, genre, girlhood, Gothic, horror, Media, Nostalgia, popular culture, representation, retro and vintage, science fiction, television, The body, virginity

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

    Research interests: Liberal internationalism

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

    Research interests: Creative and critical writing, 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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    Dr Pamela Kea
    Senior Lecturer In Anthropology
    P.J.Kea@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Adornment practices, Anthropology of West Africa, Asylum and FGM, childhood and youth, Feminist theory, gender, Home-making practices, Intimacy and transnational kinship relations, Migration and Mobility, race and ethnicity, The aesthetics of migration, The household moral economy, Visual and Material Culture

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

    Research interests: Ethics

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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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Entry 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

Research training

If you’re applying for ESRC funding, you might need to do a Masters first. Find out about our Social Research Methods MSc.

English language requirements

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

Find out about other English language qualifications we accept.

English language support

Don’t have the English language level for your course? Find out more about our pre-sessional courses.

Additional information for international students

We welcome applications from all over the world. Find out about international qualifications suitable for our PhD degrees.

Visas and immigration

Find out how to apply for a student visa


Scholarships and fees

How can I fund my course?

Scholarships

Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Dr John Birch Music Scholarship (2017)

Four scholarships of £800 to reward talented musicians and encourage music performance whilst studying at Sussex.

Application deadline:

19 May 2017

Find out more about the Dr John Birch Music Scholarship

School of Law, Politics and Sociology PhD scholarships (2017)

Full PhD fee waiver and potential stipend c£14,500 per annum

Application deadline:

8 May 2017

Find out more about the School of Law, Politics and Sociology PhD scholarships

Part-time work

We advertise around 2,500 part-time jobs a year so you can make money and gain work experience. We have a special scheme to employ students on campus, wherever possible.

Find out more about careers and employability

How much does it cost?

Fees for self-funding students

Home: £4,195 per year

EU: £4,195 per year

Channel Islands and Isle of Man: £4,195 per year

Overseas: £15,100 per year

Our fees follow the indicative fee level set nationally by Research Council UK and may be subject to change.


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