MPhil/PhD in Gender

In addition to progressing with their research, students are expected to take the listed training and transferable skills courses. Students may take courses in addition to those listed, and should discuss this with their supervisor.

Year One
Training courses
Compulsory (examined)

Aims and Methods (first year programme)

Compulsory (not examined)
GI400 Gender Theories in the Modern World: An Interdisciplinary Approach (lectures only)
GI402 Gender, Knowledge and Research Practice (lectures, seminars and workshops)

Optional (not examined)
GI499 Dissertation Methodologies in Interdisciplinary Perspective
MY530 Advanced Qualitative  Research Workshops
Quantitative and/or qualitative training courses provided in the Methodology Institute, as agreed with supervisor.
Audit any course from the Gender Institute menu:
GI403 Gender and Media Representation
GI407 Globalisation, Gender and Development
GI409 Gender, Globalisation and Development: An Introduction
GI410 Screening the Present: contemporary cinema and cultural critique
GI411 Gender, Postcolonialism, Development: Critical Perspectives and New Directions
GI413 Gender and Militarisation
GI499 Dissertation
GV4H3 Feminist Political Theory (H)
Audit of relevant courses on other Masters programmes with agreement of the supervisor

Transferable skills courses
Compulsory (not examined)

GI500 Doctoral Workshop

Optional (not examined)
MY593A Authoring a PhD and Developing as a Researcher: Getting Started

Year Two
Training courses
Optional (students should agree with their supervisor whether the courses taken will also be examined)

Quantitative and/or qualitative training courses provided in the Methodology Institute as agreed with supervisor
Audit any course from the Gender Institute menu as above
Audit of relevant courses on other Masters programmes with agreement of the supervisor

Transferable skills courses
Compulsory (not examined)

GI500 Doctoral Workshop

Optional (not examined)
MY593B Authoring a PhD and Developing as a Researcher: The Middle Years

Year Three
Training courses
Optional (students should agree with their supervisor whether the courses taken will also be examined)

Quantitative and/or qualitative training courses provided in the Methodology Institute and/or Gender Institute, as agreed with supervisor
Audit any course from the Gender Institute menu as above.
Audit of relevant courses on other Masters programmes with agreement of the supervisor

Transferable skills courses
Compulsory (not examined)

GI500 Doctoral Workshop

Optional (not examined)
MY593C Authoring a PhD and Developing as a Researcher: The Endgame

Year Four
Training courses
Optional (examined/not examined):

Quantitative and/or qualitative training courses provided in the Methodology Institute, as agreed with supervisor
Audit any course from the Gender Institute menu as above.
Audit of relevant courses on other Masters programmes with agreement of the supervisor

Transferable skills courses
Compulsory (not examined)

GI500 Doctoral Workshop

Progression and upgrade requirements
In the first year students will go through their Aims and Methods examination. This is held in the summer term and materials should be submitted by the end of the second week of summer term. Students submit a draft chapter and a research proposal for consideration by a panel of their supervisor and advisor (and occasional 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 the supervisor. Both parts of the assessment focus on the student's own research and draw on material and debates engaged in GI400 and GI402 where relevant. Students must pass Aims and Methods before progressing to their second year. If unsuccessful at first sit, students have the opportunity to retake Aims and Methods once more at the end of September.

Research students make the transition from MPhil to PhD (Upgrading) by the end of the MT of their second year. In order to upgrade, students must have passed their Aims and Methods. For Upgrade students submit a detailed outline for their thesis (including the anticipated division into chapters), two substantive draft chapters (usually a literature review, methodology or introductory chapter, in discussion with supervisor), and a timetable for completion. The Upgrade is examined in a viva and the committee consists of the main and advisory supervisors and one other person who is not familiar with the student's work. Part-time student submissions are calculated pro-rata for both Aims and Methods and Upgrading.

Expectations for successful Aims and Methods and Upgrading:

  • Satisfactory completion of materials for submission and appropriate academic presentation of the same
  • Completion of compulsory courses, attendance and contribution to Doctoral Workshop
  • Development of appropriate LSE courses in discussion with supervisor

Having successfully Upgraded you will have an annual review with your supervisor and advisor to ensure satisfactory progress.