Postgraduate Research in the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies

The Department of Gender and Cultural Studies offers four research degrees in gender studies and/or cultural studies. Click on any of the following links for more information.

The longest postgraduate research degree, but also the most common, is the Doctor of Philosophy. There are also three shorter research degree options – the Master of Arts (Research), the Doctor of Arts or Doctor of Social Sciences, and the Master of Philosophy.

All potential research candidates should discuss their application with the Postgraduate Coordinator, as the application must include a research proposal which will be assessed in part in terms of whether the Department has an available supervisor for that topic.

As well as attending the research seminar series, postgraduate researchers are also required to give a presentation on their work in the department each year, sometimes in that seminar series but usually in the “work-in-progress series” – a series of workshops dedicated to issues in postgraduate research.

Download the GCS postgraduate research guide

Contact the Department

For advice on your postgraduate research degree we encourage you to contact the Department’s Postgraduate Research Coordinator.

Doctor of Philosophy

Entry Requirements
Candidates must have completed an approved Bachelor's degree with First Class Honours or an approved Master's degree with research component. It is a Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences requirement that PhD students be admitted on a probationary basis for the first 12 months. Applicants are admitted in March Semester and July Semester.

Degree Structure
This is a research degree in which candidates submit a thesis of 70,000-100,000 words. The course may be completed over three to five years full-time or five to seven years part-time. Candidates may be required to complete “Arguing the Point” or another appropriate introductory unit.

PhD candidates may elect to undertake (postgraduate or undergraduate) coursework units of study during their candidature, although they are wholly examined by thesis.

Prospective or intending applicants should click here for information on admission requirements.

Master of Arts (Research)

Entry Requirements
Candidates must have completed an approved Bachelor's degree with a major in a relevant subject area completed at distinction average from the University of Sydney, or an undergraduate degree deemed to be equivalent. Applicants are admitted in March Semester and July Semester.

Degree Structure
This is a research degree in which candidates usually submit a thesis of 30-35,000 words. Candidates may choose to take one or two coursework units as part of the Masters by research, and these units shorten the length of the required dissertation.

Prospective or intending applicants should click here for information on admission requirements.

Doctor of Arts / Doctor of Social Sciences

The Doctor of Arts and Doctor of Social Sciences are professional doctorate degrees which allow candidates to pursue a higher degree of rigorous scholarship as well as advance their professional practice. It is designed to respond to the rapid changes which place new demands on professionals to upgrade their qualifications.

Entry Requirements
Candidates must have completed an approved Bachelor's degree with a major in a relevant subject area, or an equivalent qualification. Applicants are admitted in March Semester and July Semester.

Degree Structure
This degree is split into one-third coursework and two-thirds research. Candidates complete five units from those on offer, one of which must be “Arguing the Point” and up to two of which may be taken in other departments. The candidate also completes a research thesis of 50,000 words. The course may be completed over three to four years full-time or three to eight years part-time. Candidates will be required to complete “Arguing the Point” or another appropriate introductory unit.

Prospective or intending applicants should click here for information on admission requirements.

Master of Philosophy

Entry Requirements
Candidates must have completed an approved Bachelor's degree with Honours (normally first class) or an approved Master's degree with a research component. It is a Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences requirement that MPhil students be admitted on a probationary basis for the first 12 months. Applicants are admitted in March Semester and July Semester.

Degree Structure
This is a research degree in which candidates submit a thesis of 50,000 words. The course may be completed over 1.5 to 2 years full-time or 3 to 4 years part-time. Candidates may be required to complete “Arguing the Point” or another appropriate introductory unit.

MPhil candidates may elect to take (postgraduate or undergraduate) coursework units of study during their candidature, although they are wholly examined by thesis.

Prospective or intending applicants should click here for information on admission requirements.