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PhD at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies

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Application Deadlines

31 July 2024 for September 2024 entry. 30 November 2024 for January 2025 entry.


September 2024

January 2025

Programme Duration

3-4 years (full-time); 5-6 years (part-time)

Academic Direction
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Modes of Study
On campus in London

The Institute of Commonwealth Studies offers a unique scholarly environment in which to pursue doctoral research, particularly in the areas of human rights, globalisation and development, politics, and Commonwealth history. Benefit from the expertise of our world-leading academics in a supportive, friendly environment.

Key features

  1. Learn from world-leading experts

    The Institute of Commonwealth Studies is UK's only postgraduate academic institution devoted to the study of the Commonwealth. The Institute has been supervising interdisciplinary doctoral degrees for over half a century, offering a unique scholarly environment where you'll benefit from the wide-ranging expertise of our staff.

  2. Enjoy access to unparalleled resources

    Located in Bloomsbury, the heart of intellectual London, the Institute is home to outstanding resources: its Library holds over 190,000 volumes and 230 archival collections. As a student here, you'll also have access to the world-class Senate House Library and those of the University of London federation members.

  3. Hone your research skills

    As well as gaining expertise in your area of interest, you'll develop a range of transferable skills which will prepare you for careers in academia and beyond. As a student at the School of Advanced Study, you'll have access to programmes of varied and challenging research and skills training.

  4. Fit your studies around your life

    Enjoy flexibility in terms of where and how you study. Supervision is available on campus or online, so you can research from home in your own time; and as the PhD can be completed part-time in up to six years, there's no need to put your life on hold.

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  • September 2024 - application deadline closes