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PhD programme

The Gender Institute was established in 1993 as a multi-disciplinary research centre. The Institute runs a large Masters programme, attracting students from a range of different countries, and typically has 20 MPhil/PhD students researching gender concerns. The Institute 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 Institute 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. 

MPhil/PhD Directors:  Dr Marsha Henry and Dr Ania Plomien
Departmental 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 Institute. Our key research areas are:

Bodies and sexualities: Research in this field includes analysis of the body as property, and body as commodity, and what, if anything, makes the body special. It also addresses the relationship between gender and sexuality, with an emphasis on local and transnational spaces and flows.

Gender and social policy: Using a gendered perspective, research in this theme documents social, economic and political change, and critically analyses individual, family, and policy responses, using both cross-national comparative methodologies and in-depth case studies.

Globalisation, development and inequalities: Research in this theme includes social and economic transformation in the global North and South, focusing on gendered relations, on rights, citizenship and social justice and resilience and change with respect to work, security, migration, poverty and the social reproduction of daily life.

Representation, narrative and culture: This theme brings together colleagues who work on gendered representations in film, literature and theory. This work addresses ageing and subjectivity, affect, classed dimensions of narrative, and the history of feminist theory.

Further information can be found in our PhD-Handbook-2014-5| which although for current students does contain full details about our programme.

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 academic year 2012/13, the value of the grant is EUR 370/month with a minimum stay of 3 months. For further information, please contact LSE's Erasmus Coordinator at| Erasmus@lse.ac.uk|.


LSE PhD Studentships for 2015 entry

Each academic department will be allowed to nominate a limited number of candidates for the awards. Award decisions will be made by a Panel representing different academic disciplines within the School. The awards will be made solely on outstanding academic merit and research potential. This relates not only to your past academic record, but also to an assessment of your chosen topic and to your likely aptitude to complete a PhD in the time allocated.

The studentships include a requirement that scholars contribute to their academic department as part of their research training, in the form of providing teaching or other work in their department, usually from year two onwards.

For further information click here|. (please note this link will be updated when admissions for 2015 open later in October).