What Will You Study

The Centre for Gender and Women’s Studies at Lancaster University is unique. It is one of the largest centres in the UK for feminist research, gender studies and women’s studies, and it is the only centre of its kind in the North West of England.

Over 30 years old, the centre has a long and proud history, counting many world-leading leading feminist academics amongst its former Directors and/or Alumni. Former directors of the Centre include Jackie Stacey, Celia Roberts, Sara Ahmed, Celia Lury, Bev Skeggs, Gail Lewis, Lynne Pearce, Anne-Marie Fortier, Vicky Singleton, Maureen McNeil and Imogen Tyler.

The CGWS community is international, students have come from: Canada, Chile, Ethiopia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Ireland, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Portugal, Slovenia, Taiwan, Spain, and the United States. We also regularly host visitors – staff, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate students – from different parts of the world such as Australia, Canada, Finland, India, Sweden and the United States.

The PhD programme in Gender and Women’s studies is housed in the Department of Sociology. This is an international, interdisciplinary community of over 80 research students working on PhDs in Sociology, Gender and Women’s Studies, Science Studies, Media and Cultural Studies and Applied Social Science. You will be assigned PhD supervisors (normally 2) whose current active research interests and expertise matches your chosen topic. Close working relations are enjoyed with other departments at Lancaster, and in many cases there is cross-departmental supervision.

We offer a structured PhD programme including: an annual PhD summer conference, the opportunity to audit relevant MA courses (including intensive summer schools), specialist methods training courses and writing retreats.  You will have regular one-to-one supervisions (about once a month) throughout your period of study (3-4 years full time, 5-7 years part-time). Your progress is carefully assessed through annual review panels.

All full-time PhD students have dedicated office space, printing facilities and kitchen and social spaces in the department, which are housed alongside academic staff offices. There is a regular programme of social events and activities.

Find out more about the conferences, research centres, and research culture that make studying Sociology at Lancaster great.