Doctor of Philosophy in Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice (PhD)

Quick Facts

Doctor of Philosophy
Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities
Mode of delivery
On campus
Registration options
Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice
Program Components
Faculty of Arts


The PhD in Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice is an interdisciplinary program which allows students to explore their interests in diverse areas while employing feminist, intersectional, and decolonizing methodologies. It is intended to be flexible and to accommodate the needs of individual students.



TOEFL (ibT) Overall Score Requirement


IELTS Overall Score Requirement


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Students may elect to take a practicum that will require a criminal record check.

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Tuition / Program Costs

FeesCanadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / DiplomatInternational
Application Fee$100.00$162.00
Tuition *
Installments per year33
Tuition per installment$1,569.22$2,756.86
Tuition per year$4,707.66$8,270.58
Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible) $3,200.00 (-)
Other Fees and Costs
Student Fees (yearly)$857.00 (approx.)
Costs of living (yearly)starting at $13,561.00 (check cost calculator)
* Regular, full-time tuition. For on-leave, extension, continuing or part time (if applicable) fees see UBC Calendar.
All fees for the year are subject to adjustment and UBC reserves the right to change any fees without notice at any time, including tuition and student fees. In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.

Statistical Data

Enrolment Data

New registrations631  
Total enrolment141413  
Admissions data refer to all UBC Vancouver applications, offers, new registrants for each year, May to April [data updated: 8 April 2016]. Enrolment data are based on March 1 snapshots.

Affiliated Faculty Members

  • Al-Kassim, Dina (World literature)
  • Anderson, Kristin Siwan (Micro-level institutions, role of gender, studies of rural governments)
  • Angeles, Leonora (Gender analysis, gender mainstreaming and other gender planning related tools, including feminist critiques and perspectives on the intergration of gender and other social axes of difference and diversity in community planning and international development work)
  • Averill, Gage (Haitian music, barbershop harmony, sound, music and power, music and politics, Caribbean music, steelband, ethnomusicology, world music, Ethnomusicology, Haiti, Haitian diaspora, American Popular Culture, Trinidad and Tobago, and Traditional Irish Music)
  • Bloch, Alexia (Migration and Transnationalism, Anthropology of Gender, Statelessness, Ethnographic Methods and Writing, Socialist Cultures and Projects of Modernity, Eurasia, Peoples of Siberia)
  • Boschma, Geertje (History of nursing and health care, with special emphasis on mental health and mental health nursing)
  • Brown, Helen Jean (Maternal-infant and women)
  • Browne, Annette (Health inequalities, indigenous peoples, women's health, cultural safety, primary health care interventions to improve health outcomes, marginalized populations, health policy)
  • Bryson, Mary (technology, media, cultural studies, gender, queer theory, deviance studies, post-colonial pedagogies, Sociology, Women's Studies, Education, media and gender, media and education)
  • Butterwick, Shauna (Adult education, Gender studies, Policy, Social justice, Workplace learning)
  • Chan, Jennifer (transnational social movements, international and comparative education, Japanese civil society, Islam in multicultural societies, Adult education, Citizenship and democracy, Gender studies, International and Comparative Education, Multiculturalism, Post-colonial studies)
  • Chaudhry, Ayesha (Islam, Muslims, religion, gender, human rights, family and children, discrimination, social justice )
  • Cheek, Timothy (20th century Chinese history, the history of the Chinese communist party, the role of intellectuals in public life in China)
  • Clarke, Laura (aging, ageism, sociology of aging, social gerontology, body image, embodiment, chronic conditions, health, disability, assistive technology, appearance work, femininity and masculinity, physical activity, qualitative methods)
  • Condon, Anne (Theoretical computer science, analysis of algorithms, dna computing, verification of finite state protocols, computational complexity theory)
  • Cox, Susan (Experiences of individuals and families at risk for, or affected by, a range of adult onset hereditary and/or genetic conditions (eg, Huntington Disease and Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease))
  • Creese, Gillian (Women topics, Intersections of gender, sexuality, racialization and class, Processes of immigration and settlement in Canada, Gender, racialization, work and trade unions)
  • Currie, Dawn Heather (Adolescent femininity)
  • Dalziel, Pamela (Victorian-literature, Victorian-culture, visual-representation, illustration, gender-studies, religion, interdisciplinary-studies, textual-criticism, scholarly-editing, Thomas-Hardy, Charles-Dickens, George-Eliot )
  • Daniluk, Judith (infertility and reproductive technologies; women’s sexuality and reproductive health and decision-making; voluntary and involuntary childlessness; delayed and later childbearing; psychosocial consequences of infertility, Women)


Recent Doctoral Citations

  • Dr. Sarah Elizabeth Ellen Rudrum
    "Dr. Rudrum studied the social organization of maternity care and birth in a rural community in post-conflict northern Uganda. She found that pregnant women had to navigate complex power relationships, as well as overcome financial and logistical challenges, in order to access care. Her research has implications for maternity care practice and policy." (May 2015)
  • Dr. Anika Nicole Stafford
    "Dr. Stafford's dissertation examined gender norms and sexuality in Kindergarten. Her research findings illustrate how primary schools normalize gender conforming heterosexuality at the expensive of queer and transgender people. Her work is useful to anyone concerned with safer schools or interested in gender issues in dominant culture." (May 2014)
  • Dr. Emilia Victoria Llewellyn Nielsen
    "Dr. Nielsen completed her research in the field of Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice. She explored the personal narratives of women who had experienced breast cancer. She argues that "disruptive breast cancer narratives" have the potential to shift public perceptions, breast cancer culture, and biomedical understandings of the disease." (November 2013)

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September 2017 Intake

Application Open Date
15 September 2016
Canadian/US Applicant Deadline
01 December 2016
International Applicant Deadline
01 December 2016

Program Information

Application Enquiries
Mailing Address
Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice
The University of British Columbia
Room 038, Jack Bell Building, 2080 West Mall
British Columbia, V6T 1Z2

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