Genders, sexualities, relationships, intimacies

Qualifications Duration Start dates Application period
(MPhil also available)
Full time: 3–4 years
Part time: 6–8 years
February and October January to April
PhD (MPhil also available)
Full time: 3–4 years
Part time: 6–8 years
Start dates
February and October
Application period
January to April

The Social Policy and Criminology discipline has longstanding interests in critical interdisciplinary scholarship in this field. Our substantive areas of interest include:

  • everyday nuances of intimacy and family life
  • same-sex parent families and long-term relationships
  • sex, sexuality and sexual citizenship
  • intimate relationships, organisations and social institutions as sites of gendered violence, abuse and harm
  • domestic homicide and gender in policing
  • gendered relations of health and social welfare
  • punitiveness towards gendered and sexual subjects at the intersections of criminal and social justice
  • resistance, agency and activism of women, victim-survivors, non-binary and transgender individuals, lesbian, bisexual and queer women
  • ‘justice’, ‘survival’, ‘rights’ and ‘recovery’ in criminal justice approaches, support services, social movements and transformative justice.

Many staff participate in the following research groups:

  • Gender, Intimacies and Sexuality research stream in the Citizenship and Governance Strategic Research Area
  • Harm and Evidence Research Collaborative 
  • Innovation, Knowledge and Development

These all warmly welcome Postgraduate Student participation.

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree (or equivalent). If you are not a UK citizen, you may need to prove your knowledge of English

Potential research projects

We are open to receiving proposals on a wide range of research projects on this broad topic.

Potential supervisors

Fees and funding

UK fee International fee
Full time: £4,712 per year Full time: £11,958 per year
Part time: £2,356 per year Part time: £5,979 per year

Some of our research students are funded via The Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership; others are self-funded.

For detailed information about fees and funding, visit Fees and studentships.

To see current funded studentship vacancies across all research areas, see Current studentships.


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How to apply

Get in touch

If you have an enquiry specific to this research topic, please contact:

Dr Rossana Perezdel Aguila Coda, SPC Postgraduate Convenor
Email: FASS-SocialPolicyCriminology-Enquiries

Apply now

If you’re interested in applying for this research topic, please take a look at the application process.