Introduction to the Department of Gender studies

The Department of Gender Studies (LSE Gender) was established in 1993 as a multi-disciplinary research centre. The department runs a large Masters programme, attracting students from a range of different countries, and typically has 20 MPhil/PhD students researching gender concerns. LSE Gender serves as a focus for gender research across the LSE, and works to promote a close relationship between policy makers and the academy. Though the Department only has a small core teaching staff, it provides a vibrant research culture with resident Research Fellows, visiting scholars, public lectures and conferences, and a regular programme of research seminars. 

The 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 and professional training experience over your first three years. 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 on students both at the point of entry and during their studies. We have a commitment to social justice and to ensuring that the Department is a welcoming and inclusive space for all.

Please note that neither Professor Clare Hemmings or Professor Naila Kabeer will be taking on any new PhD students for 2019/20.

From September 2019 we will be launching an additional  PhD programme, for which applicants have to initially apply to MSc Social Research Methods (Gender) to start in 2018/9.  This is offered as a 1+3 PhD programme, in conjunction with the MPhil/PhD Gender (Social Research Methods).  More information will be here soon, so watch this space.


We do not expect applicants to find supervision, so any queries please to Hazel Johnstone.

Doctoral Programme Director: Professor Wendy Sigle
Departmental and Doctoral Programme Manager: Hazel Johnstone

Opportunities for research

Opportunities for research in the pioneering field of gender studies are unparalleled. Students participate in our seminars and workshops, as well as following a research training programme within the Department.

Our key research areas are:

  • Memory, Representation and Culture
  • Rights, Security and Development
  • State, Economy, Families, and Inequalities
  • Subjectivity, Sexuality and Identity

LSE PhD Academy


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Erasmus grants: Research students can spend up to 9 months at the Humboldt-Universität in Berlin. All LSE students, regardless of nationality, are eligible for an Erasmus grant for the duration of their stay abroad. For further information, please contact LSE's Erasmus Coordinator at