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MPhil Overview


The MPhil in Multi-disciplinary Gender Studies provides rigorous advanced training in the multi-disciplinary study of gender. The course is designed for those students who wish to prepare for PhD or further research and also, for those who want to enhance their understanding of 'gender' by undertaking a one-year MPhil only.

The primary objective of the course is to introduce students from a wide variety of academic, business and policy backgrounds to the traditions, methods and front-line research that shape an advanced gender analysis of human society. Over twenty different departments within the University of Cambridge come together on this course to address a range of topics such as Conflict; Globalization; Labour Market Inequality; Public  Policy; Culture; Bio-medical advances, Experimental Psychology, Human Rights and Justice, Literature and the Arts, Culture and Antiquity. Graduates from this MPhil should emerge as highly desirable candidates for a wide range of careers including those specialising in governmental, policy, business, NGO, journalistic and academic careers.

For further information please contact the Centre Administrator, University of Cambridge Centre for Gender Studies at:

The Research Dissertation

Applicants may apply to study any gender related topic - we will match students with an appropriate academic supervisor from across the University to guide the research. A few examples of previous topics include:

  • Ideal Masculinity in Urban South Korea
  • Women in the Iranian cultural diaspora in the UK
  • Indian Feminism (1921–1947) - Cosmopolitan Visions and the Traffic in Women
  • The US Military’s Concept of Gender
  • Gender studies and medicine: gaining insight into LGBTQ health and healthcare
  • Tito's Yugoslavia - Community and Sexual Difference
  • A. S. Byatt’s Quartet - a gender analysis
  • Imagining female fertility in modern Malawi
  • Same-Sex Desire and Scandal in Late Victorian and Early Twentieth-Century London


Applicants will have at least a high 2:1 undergraduate honours degree (GPA of 3.70), or equivalent, in any subject.


Please contact the Centre Administrator, University of Cambridge Centre for Gender Studies at

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