Research degrees

RSSH is an interdisciplinary practice- and community-oriented research group working in diverse areas including reproductive autonomy, HIV/AIDS, experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender (LGBT+) people, and pregnancy & childbirth. We have cross-cutting interest in stigma and inequalities, and we specialise in ‘co-’ methodologies (e.g. co-production, co-creation, co-design, participatory, creative and arts-based methods).

Our work is rooted in a shared conviction that reproduction, sexualities and health must be understood within the context of broader questions of social justice and inequality. We are committed to producing knowledge that challenges unhelpful binaries in sexual and reproductive health, and that prioritises  lived experiences of different groups. This means that we consider reproduction and sexualities in terms not only of health, but also of the intimate, social, political and governmental possibilities and tensions afforded by reproductive and sexual health policies, practices and activisms. 

Potential research areas include:

  • Experiences of pregnancy endings (including abortion, miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death)
  • Abortion stigma, discourses, decision-making and experiences
  • Reproductive autonomy, agency, choice and control
  • Sexual and reproductive justice
  • HIV and sexually transmitted infections
  • LGBT+ health and wellbeing
  • Maternity care, midwifery and reproduction
  • Contraception
  • Sexuality in later life

Current/recent postgraduate research projects

  • Abortion stigma and the workplace 
  • Influences on contraceptive decision-making 
  • Sexual and reproductive health-related pain
  • Co-creative approaches with young people to develop comprehensive sexuality education materials in Aruba
  • Perceptions and experiences of reproduction, sexuality, and abortion during adolescence in Chile 
  • Abortion and forced motherhood in Nigeria
  • Midwives training to provide person-centred abortion care, information and support
  • Miscarriage and the workplace 

Potential supervisors

Fees and funding

PhD fees

UK fee International fee
Full time: £4,712 per year Full time: £11,958 per year
Part time: £2,356 per year Part time: £5,979 per year



Professional doctorate fees

UK fee International fee
Part time: £3,587 per year Part time: £9,107 per year


Some of our research students are funded via The Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership; others are self-funded.
For detailed information about fees and funding, visit Fees and studentships.
To see current funded studentship vacancies across all research areas, see Current studentships.