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This programme offers you the chance to undertake a substantial piece of work that is worthy of publication and which makes an original contribution to the field of Gender Studies. You will begin on the MPhil, and will need to meet certain requirements to be upgraded to PhD status.

The MPhil/PhD Programme aims to foster your scholarly and career interests and to prepare you for the world of academic and policy research in the form of courses, workshops, and professional training experience over your first three years. You will receive core gender theory, epistemology and methodology training in your first year to prepare you for research and writing, and ongoing training across the period of your studies in and outside the Department. You will also attend fortnightly PhD workshops throughout the programme in years 1 to 3. You will be ‘matched’ with your main Supervisor who will guide you through the various stages of your research and form the consistent point of contact during your time in the Department, along with the Director of the Doctoral Programme.

The PhD Programme aims to attract the very best future researchers, and we are attentive to questions of power and inequality and their impact on faculty, staff and students both at the point of entry and during their studies. The Department has a commitment to social justice and to ensuring that the Department is a welcoming and inclusive space for all.

Progression and assessment

At the end of the first year you will go through your First Year Upgrade viva. This is held in the summer term and materials should be submitted by the end of the second week of summer term. You will submit a draft chapter, thesis outline, timetable for completion and a research proposal for consideration by a panel consisting of your supervisor and advisor (and occasionally one other person with appropriate expertise). The research proposal follows a specific template and includes research objectives, the methodology and short research rationale. The nature of the chapter should be agreed with your supervisor. Both parts of the assessment focus on your own research and draw on material and debates engaged in during the courses Gender Theories in the Modern World and Gender, Knowledge and Research Practice where relevant. You must pass First Year Upgrade before progressing to the second year.


Students who successfully complete the programme often embark on an academic career.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study MPhil/PhD Gender.

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees

£19,368.00 (19,86,667) per year

The fee is likely to rise over subsequent years of the programme.




London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London

Houghton Street,


WC2A 2AE, England

Entry requirement for international students

The minimum entry requirement for this programme is a high merit (68 per cent) in a taught master’s degree in a related discipline and normally a distinction in the dissertation. Students need to have: an IELTS score of 7.0 overall (Reading 7.0, Listening 6.5, Writing 7.0, Speaking 6.5); TOEFL 100 (Reading 25, Listening 22, Writing 27, Speaking 22).

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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