Centre for Gender Studies


Teaching in Gender Studies is spread across all undergraduate and postgraduate levels and the subject boundaries of Sociology, Media and Cultural Studies, Anthropology, Law, Politics, English, History, History of Art, Development Studies and International Relations.

Undergraduate students can take gender modules through the options, electives and pathways systems, and should speak to their 'home' department in the first instance. Courses related to gender are taught in a number of departments including Sociology, Politics, Law, Anthropology, International Relations, Media Studies, English Literature, History and Art History.

Sussex offers five distinctive MA programmes in gender and sexualities: Gender Studies, Gender and Media, Sexual Dissidence in Literature and Culture, Gender and Development, and Gender, Violence and Conflict. There is also a gender pathway on the MSc in Social Research Methods which prepares students for PhD research.

There are over 100 PhD students across the university working on gender-related topics, some registered on one of the two PhD programmes in Gender Studies and some registered elsewhere. The Centre for Gender Studies helps bring this community together through writing support days, research incubator events, book discussion groups, and an active mailing list.

At postgraduate level, there are five distinctive MA programmes to choose from. The MA in Gender Studies offers an excellent general grounding in gender debates and research for students with a variety of interests and backgrounds. The MA in Gender and Media provides a specific focus on the production and circulation of representations of masculinities, femininities and sexualities. The MA in Gender and Development looks at the gendering of development issues and policy. The MA in Gender, Violence and Conflict offers a specific focus on theoretical and policy debates in this crucial area of gender studies. The MA in Sexual Dissidence looks at the most intellectually compelling issues facing the contemporary study of sexualities.

Students are also able to opt for a gender pathway on the MSc in Social Research Methods, as a training for doctoral study. 

There are two doctoral pathways in Gender Studies, in humanities and social sciences. Students are normally registered in the School in which their main supervisor is located.

Gender Studies (Humanities)

This pathway is for those students seeking to do a research project in areas that are primarily (but not exclusively) cultural, rather than social. The cultural is a broad definition of a field which may include identities and subcultures, histories, narrative, texts and discourses, space, religion, spirituality, the cultural politics of representation, education, visual art, philosophy, cultural geographies, literatures, popular culture, music and sound, digital media technologies, media and film, creative practise, drama and performance, embodiment. Contact Dr Malcolm James for more information about this pathway.

Gender Studies (Social Sciences)

This pathway is for students who wish to pursue research into the social structures and discourses of gender. This could be within a number of disciplines including Sociology, Politics, Law, Anthropology, Human Geography, and International Relations. Social aspects of gender could include work and/or family life, politics and social policy, the impact of globalisation and socio-economic structures, the influence of national and religious cultures, the politics of the body, and the construction of gendered discourses, experiences and identities in different social contexts, with particular attention paid to how gender intersects with categories such as class, sexual orientation and race/ethnicity. Contact Prof Nuno Ferreira for more information about this pathway.

Meet postgraduate student Rudo Rose Kawazda

View the Prezi for one of our introductory lectures