Gender, Sexuality & Women's Studies

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Program Websites

Program Contact

Maegan Taylor (
Graduate Assistant

Department of Women's Studies and Feminist Research

Western University
Lawson Hall Rm 3260A
London, Ontario N6A 5B8

t. 519-661-2111 ext. 84529
f. 519-661-3491

Explore the dynamics that shape your everyday experiences as a gendered person in contemporary culture. In our courses you will learn how to develop a critical perspective that takes factors such as sex, gender, sexuality, race, class and disability into account. You might find your worldview transformed as you apply these perspectives to your study in other classes and to all aspects of your life. Our courses reflect an expanding field of feminist research including feminist theory, health issues, philosophy, queer issues and sexuality studies, legal issues, violence against women, women and equity in the workplace, and women and the creative arts.

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Program Length

  • 12 Terms

Program Design

  • Full-time study
  • Thesis-based

Funding Information

Applicants are encouraged to apply for the following scholarships (if eligible):

Admission Requirements

  • Master's degree in Women's, Gender or Feminist Studies with a strong feminist theory component.
  • A minimum average of A- (80%) or higher.
  • Students may be admitted with a Master's degree from another field provided that they have an undergraduate Honours degree in Women's Studies and have a background in feminist theory.

English Language Proficiency

Applicants whose first language is not English must furnish evidence of their proficiency in the use of the English language:

Application Deadline

  • January 15 - Late applications will be considered if spaces remain
Acceptance notifications are processed on a rolling basis beginning in March.