Course Introduction

The Institute of Commonwealth Studies has been supervising interdisciplinary doctoral degrees for over half a century. The focus of research degrees has increasingly been on the humanities and cognate social sciences, particularly on the subjects of human rights, globalization and development, politics, and Commonwealth history. Students pursue their academic interests in the friendly and supportive environment of the Institute; their research is enhanced by the outstanding libraries of the University of London, including the Institute’s own prestigious collection.

Topics available:

' Protection of refugees and other displaced persons

' Human Rights and refugee law

' Refugee law and policy; immigration law; forced displacement

' Terrorism, anti'terrorist measures and foreign nationals

' Human rights law

' Minority rights protection; ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities, especially Afro'descendants in Latin America; Dalits and caste'based discrimination; Roma in Europe

' Indigenous peoples' rights

' Human rights and development; human rights'based approaches to development; UN human rights mechanisms

' Transnational social mobilisation and norm entrepreneurship

' Sociological and anthropological approaches to human rights

' Reconciliation initiatives

' Genocide Studies

' Ecocide; Human Rights aspects and implications of environmental destruction and degradation

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
4 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £6,430 Home Fees
4 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £14,900 Overseas Fees
6 years
Part Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £3,355 Home Fees
2 years
Full Time
Master of Philosophy - MPhil £6,430 Home Fees
2 years
Full Time
Master of Philosophy - MPhil £14,900 Overseas Fees
3 years
Part Time
Master of Philosophy - MPhil £3,355 Home Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Applicants for research programmes (MPhil/PhD) are normally required to hold a Master's degree. Before agreeing to accept you, the School will require you to submit a research proposal, so it is worthwhile having this drafted ahead of a formal application.