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Course closed:

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


Students will take the following:

  1. Theory and Controversy (MGS 1)
  2. Research Methodologies (MGS 2)
  3. Multi-disciplinary Text Seminar (MGS 3)
  4. Multi-disciplinary Gender Research Seminar
  5. Multi-disciplinary Speaker Programme
  6. Dissertation

Lectures and seminars will run for the first two terms (Michaelmas and Lent). The first 5,000-word essay is to be submitted in Lent and the second in Easter. These essays are used to assess how well the student has understood the complex debates and theoretical ideas taught in MGS1, MGS2 and MGS3. Dissertations of 20,000 words are expected to be completed throughout the third term (Easter) and the vacation under guidance from a supervisor.

Students are introduced to a wide range of disciplinary methods and research topics and are encouraged to debate ideas and concepts throughout the course. In addition, students 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 see for full details).

One to one supervision

Each student is allocated a dissertation supervisor before the course begins. Students will receive a minimum of one supervision per term; appointments are arranged between the individual student and supervisor.

Seminars & classes

Approximately 92 hours per year.


Approximately 22 hours per year.


Feedback will be provided for each submitted essay and the dissertation. Students can expect to receive an online feedback report each term.



20,000-word dissertation submitted at the end of June.


Two essays of 5,000 words each. The first of these is submitted in the Lent term and the second in the Easter term.

Key Information

9 months full-time

Master of Philosophy

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 2, 2019
Application deadline
Jan. 7, 2020
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2020

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

Graduate Funding Competition
Jan. 7, 2020
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 9, 2019

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