Postgraduate studies

Postgraduate studies

The Centre contains expertise on gender history from the early middle ages to the present day. Our individual research interests span topics from religion to domestic violence, the body to the home, representations of gender to social practice. We offer an MSc programme on Gender History, which includes two core modules, on 'Gender, Politics and Power' and on 'Gender, Culture and Text'.  We also offer research supervisions for the degrees of MPhil and PhD.Some of the postgraduates studying gender history at the University of Glasgow 

As the largest number of gender historians in any Higher Education institution in the UK we offer prospective students a lively, supportive and intellectually challenging environment for research. We hold a regular seminar series and the Centre is now the UK home of the international journal Gender & History.

Our research students organise the Hufton Gender Reading Group which draws together postgraduates in gender history from a number of Scottish Universities.

Research facilities and support for research in gender history at Glasgow are unrivalled. In addition to primary source repositories in Scotland (National Archives of Scotland, National Library of Scotland, Mitchell Library) we have strong links with Glasgow Women's Library and Women's History Scotland, the principal organisation for women's and gender historians in Scotland.

Why you should come to Glasgow University for postgraduate studies and research on Gender History

The Centre for Gender History is the only centre of its kind in Scotland, and the largest one in the UK. Over a dozen academic members of staff from the History Subject and the Economic and Social History Subject are actively involved in it, as well as historians working at a number of other Subject and nearby universities. We also host a vibrant community of postgraduate students and researchers. Postgraduate students run the regular Gender History Hufton reading group. Many are also involved in Historical Perspectives, a group that organises a Scottish-wide postgraduate 'works in progress' seminar programme and annual conference. 
PhD students in History and Economic and Social History are normally provided with office space, and have the chance to teach as Graduate Teaching Assistants on undergraduate modules. In terms of taught Masters degrees, we offer a team-taught course on 'Gender, Politics and Power', as well as a range of postgraduate modules relating to gender history.

The variety of research interests that the Centre encompasses is unique: from Late Antiquity to the 1970s, from Scotland and Britain, to Ireland, continental Europe and North America. Our research engages with the most recent debates and themes, including masculinity, gender and religion, the history of medicine, gender and Enlightenment, family history, and feminist movements. We engage with and supervise interdisciplinary research (literature, social and political science, art history). Since April 2010, the Centre hosts the journal Gender & History,  the premier journal in the field of Gender History today.

We invite you to have a look around the website, which contains information about our recent and upcoming activities (invited lectures, work-in-progress seminars, conferences), our teaching, as well as research interests and recent publications by members of the Centre.

For more information regarding postgraduate study in Gender History at the University of Glasgow, including information about funding, please see the College of Arts Graduate School website.


MSc in Gender History

The Masters in Gender History provides the opportunity to develop and deepen analysis of the workings of gender in the past. Alongside the University of Glasgow’s Centre for Gender History, which brings together one of the largest concentrations of gender historians in the UK, the programme encourages comparisons across time and cultures as well as allowing in-depth research into particular questions.

How to apply


Current research students

  • Iona Baker (History): The mechanics of gendered power
  • Alison Basil (History): 'Worse than wolves of France' - Isabella of France and Margaret of Anjou: bad queens or casualties of failed kingships?
  • Nicole Cassie (History): Coming Home: the gendered experiences of medical personnel who served in the Vietnam War
  • Felicity Cawley (Social and Political Sciences): The effect of parental marital status and family form on experiences of childhood in 20th century Scotland
  • Lin Cunningham (History): Mechanizing the Needle: The Development of the Industrial Sewing Machine and its Impact on Objects and Livelihoods
  • James Dougan (History): Gender and Mental Health in the West of Scotland c.1970-c.1990
  • Rebecca Dunbar (American Studies): From Betty Crocker to Mildred Pierce: The Representation of Female Success in Depression-era America
  • Susan Gardiner (Economic and Social Hitory): The history of antibiotic, antibiotic resistance and hospital infection control in Scottish hospitals c.1930-70
  • Mairi Hamilton (History): Intimacy Corrupted: Domestic Abuse against Women in Nineteenth-Century Scotland
  • Charlie Lynch (History): The Sixties, Cultural Change and the Sexual Revolution in Scotland
  • Karen Mailey-Watt (History): Glasgow Girls Revisited: Designing, Making, and Exhibiting Women’s Industrial Design of the Gilded Age
  • Rebecca Mason (History): Married Women and the Law in Scotland, 1600-1750
  • Murray McLean (History): Identity, “Tradition", and Modernity in Scottish Weddings since 1945
  • Anne McShane (Politics): Liberation or Subjugation: The impact of the Zhenotdel (Women’s Bureau) of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union on the Unveiling Campaign of the 1920s – a consideration of key debates
  • Mathilde Michaud (History): Popular Culture, Gender and Catholic Church: How Catholic Popular Education remodelled Québec's Gender Scripts, 1810-1880
  • Mona O'Brien (History): Social and Emotional History of Syphilis in the Early Modern Period
  • Hannah Telling (History): Male Violence and Masculinity in Nineteenth-Century Scotland
  • Ruth Turner (History): Clydebank and the Singer Factory
  • Hannah Yoken (History): From peripheral to paragon? The transnational development of Nordic feminism since the 1960s
  • Jennifer Wartnaby (History/University of Stirling/Glasgow Women's Library): Archiving and Historicising the Feminist Anti-Violence Movement in Scotland from the 1970s until 2014)
  • Alessia Zinnari (School of Modern Languages and Culture): Mental Illness, Autobiography and Female Creativity: a Comparative Study of Leonora Carrington and Alda Merini

If you are interested in applying to study for a taught Masters or Research degree in gender history and wish to find out more, please contact Dr Donald Spaeth (taught Masters) or for a research degree the member of staff you would wish to work with. See our how to apply page for more information.


Past Research Students

  • Roslyn Chapman (History): The History of fine lace knitting in Shetland
  • Rachel Cheng (History): “Something Most Vital”: The Kindred of the Kibbo Kift and the Woodcraft Folk, 1910-1929
  • Felicity Donahue (History): Dancing with Scalps: Native North American Women, White Men and Ritual Violence in the Eighteenth Century
  • Emily Flaherty (History): The Women's Liberation Movement and the Question of Class
  • Jade Halbert (History): Marion Donaldson: Fashioning a Phenomenon in Post-War Glasgow
  • Mary Jacobs (History): Radical manhood and the English Revolution
  • Hanna I Kilpi (History): The role of lesser aristocratic women in twelfth-century England
  • Catriona MacLeod (History): Women, Work and Enterprise in Glasgow, c.1740-1830
  • Yvonne McFadden (History): Creating a Modern Home: Modernity, Gender and Culture in Suburban Glasgow, 1945-1975
  • Jonathan Moss (History): The Experience and the Protest of Women in the British Labour Movement c1968-c1981