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  Research opportunities in the Centre for Women’s Studies

  Centre for Women's Studies

 Awaiting Funding Decision/Possible External Funding

About the Programme

The Centre for Women's Studies (CWS) is a leading interdisciplinary centre for feminist and gender-oriented research. Located in our own dedicated space, our core members of staff are all prominent feminist academics. We also draw on expertise from our parent departments of Sociology and English and Related Literature as well as many other contributing departments across the arts and humanities and social sciences.

Our key research areas include:

  • gender and sexuality
  • feminist theory
  • masculinity
  • queer studies
  • activism
  • digital and popular culture
  • political violence and terrorism
  • gender and migration

Doctoral study

We provide a cross-disciplinary environment for research and supervision that is ideal for progressive doctoral study, and our PhD in Women's Studies offers:

  • Regular programme of research seminars from distinguished visiting scholars
  • Non-assessed participation in taught modules to support research and help develop research skills
  • Transferable Skills Programme aimed at enhancing employability skills and tailoring your degree towards your future career, as well as helping to facilitate the Centre's supportive research culture
  • Flexibility to study either full time or part time

You'll benefit from specialised research supervision in your main area of study. You'll also be supported by an academic thesis panel designed to offer contrasting perspectives and additional guidance.

Why us?

  • Department of Sociology is ranked 1st for research impact and 4th in the UK for research overall according to the Times Higher Education’s ranking of the latest REF results (2021)
  • Department of English and Related Literature is a top ten research department according to the Times Higher Education’s ranking of the latest REF results (2021)
  • Interdisciplinary research encompassing cultural studies, history, literature, philosophy, politics, sociology and social policy
  • Close-knit and supportive global community of around 55 postgraduate students from a variety of cultural and disciplinary backgrounds
  • Seven core members of staff, and expertise from over 20 academic members from contributing departments
  • Access to a desk and computer, as well as printing/photocopying services and a dedicated common room

Research at CWS

Our research is based around a commitment to acknowledge the experiences of women in non-Western societies, high profile debates about cultural reproduction, focus on sexual diversities, emphasis on intersectionality, reflection on the wider ethical implications of feminist research, unique research training programmes and innovations in teaching, such as writing workshops.

See what our current research students are working on.

What next?

Check that your research interests align with the expertise of one of our staff. Once you've identified a potential supervisor, please contact them before applying to discuss your application and potential research areas.

Complete an application.

Contact us

+44 (0)1904 323671

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Funding for research degrees

Funding Notes

This programme is waiting to confirm funding from a university or external source. This may depend on attracting suitable students and applications are welcome. Please see the programme details for more information.

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