Carving out qualifications

mastering Ph.D. problems in post-graduate gender & sexuality study

Tiffany Jones, Alison Rahn, Lucille Kerr, Paulina Ezer, Mandy Henningham, Andrea del Pozo de Bolger, Chloe Parkinson, Jessica Ison

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This book chapter considers the difficulties of studying gender and sexualities and gain qualifications. It recalls eight individuals’ current and past experiences as higher degree research (HDR) students— including honours, Masters and Ph.D. candidates and other academics. It first reviews the literature on working in this area and second provides a series of individuals’ most difficult experiences of being an HDR in gender and sexuality (G&S) research, and how they creatively overcame key obstacles. The chapter concludes by drawing together key learning from the literature and the HDR learning experiences, which can be applied when studying gender and sexuality topics.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUplifting gender and sexuality education research
EditorsTiffany Jones, Leanne Coll, Lisa van Leent, Yvette Taylor
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9783030242053
ISBN (Print)9783030242046
Publication statusPublished - 7 Aug 2019

Publication series

NamePalgrave Studies in Gender and Education
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
ISSN (Print)2524-6445
ISSN (Electronic)2524-6453


  • gender
  • sexuality
  • postgraduate
  • research
  • studies
  • qualifications
  • PhD
  • Masters
  • Honours
  • education
  • aging
  • health
  • psychology
  • curriculum
  • intersex
  • students
  • problem
  • solving
  • supervision
  • supervisor
  • literature

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    Jones, T., Rahn, A., Kerr, L., Ezer, P., Henningham, M., de Bolger, A. D. P., ... Ison, J. (2019). Carving out qualifications: mastering Ph.D. problems in post-graduate gender & sexuality study. In T. Jones, L. Coll, L. van Leent, & Y. Taylor (Eds.), Uplifting gender and sexuality education research (pp. 233-256). (Palgrave Studies in Gender and Education). Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan.