Course Overview

The cluster is committed to the development of gender-focused research across a range of issues and disciplines within the School of Political Science and Sociology. Research in this area investigates the operation of gendered power relations, gender inequalities, changing notions of gender identity, and the challenges of achieving women's empowerment in Ireland and beyond in a context of globalisation.

Admission to a research degree in Women's Studies is based on a proposal from the applicant following discussion with the potential supervisor. Candidates for the PhD would usually be expected to hold a Master's degree in a cognate field. Applicants holding equivalent qualifications and/or relevant experience will also be considered. 

As part of the doctoral training available on the Structured PhD programme, students avail themselves of a range of interdisciplinary taught modules.  The wide menu of available options include modules that:

  • are discipline-specific in that they augment the student’s existing knowledge in their specialist area, e.g., gender perspectives on social science research
  • are dissertation-specific in that they supply core skills which are essential to completion of the research project e.g. qualitative and quantitative research methods
  • acknowledge a student’s professional development, e.g., presentation of a paper at an international conference
  • enhance a student’s employability through generic training, e.g., careers workshops, computer literacy

Each student will be assigned a primary Supervisor(s) and a Graduate Research Committee made up of experienced researchers to plan their programme of study and to provide on-going support to their research.

Programmes Available

 Structured PhD (Global Women's Studies)—full-time
 Structured PhD (Global Women's Studies)—part-time
Applications are made online via the University of Galway Postgraduate Applications System


Learning Outcomes

Entry Requirements

Candidates should have obtained an honours degree (Second Class Honours, Grade 1 [or equivalent international qualification ] minimum).

Who’s Suited to This Course

Current research projects

Current funded research opportunity

Work Placement

Related Student Organisations

Career Opportunities

Find a Supervisor / PhD Project

If you are still looking for a potential supervisor or PhD project or would like to identify the key research interests of our academic staff and researchers, you can use our online portal to help in that search

Research Areas

Dr. Niamh Reilly
The gender dimensions of human rights as a legal, ethical and political paradigm. This includes examination of the role of human rights in transnational and local feminisms and of competing women's human rights concerns in multicultural contexts. Her current research is concerned with the interplay of religion and women's human rights.

 Dr. Anne Byrne 
Gender, identity, inequality, stigma, rurality, biographical-narrative qualitative research methodologies and historical sociology

 Ms. Mary Clancy 
Constructions and interpretations of public citizenship during periods of imperial distress, evolving agrarian, poor law and local democracy and post-women’s suffrage and post-revolutionary contexts, with attention to biographical narratives and the West of Ireland.

 Dr. Nata Duvvury 
Gender, livelihoods, governance and social mobilization, gender and development (with particular emphasis on gender inequality), domestic violence, rights-based approached to development, and civil society participation and accountability.

Dr. Kate Kenny 
Identity and power in contemporary workplaces, and the use of poststructuralist feminist theory to explore these phenomena; gender and ethnicity, and how these relate to capitalist flows of power.

 Dr. Vesna Malesevic 
Religion and religious organisations, especially the Catholic Church, sexuality and LGBT (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and trans-gendered) issues, civil society, Irish society and Central and Eastern Europe.

Researcher Profiles

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€5,750 p.a. (€5,890 including levy) 2024/25

Fees: Non EU

€14,500 p.a. (€14,640 including levy) 2024/25

Extra Information


EU Part time: Year 1 €4,250 p.a. (€4,390 including levy) 2024/25

All students, irrespective of funding, must pay the student levy of €140.

Contact Us

Dr. Nata Duvvury
School of Political Science and Sociology
Aras Moyola, Room 219
T +353 91 495 399