School of Advanced Study

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

Why the ICWS?

The Institute of Commonwealth Studies offers a unique scholarly environment in which to pursue doctoral research. Doctoral candidates are able to draw on the wide-ranging expertise of staff in a supportive, friendly environment. The Institute is located in Bloomsbury, the heart of intellectual London; students at the Institute have access to the world-class Senate House libraries as well as to the libraries of all the colleges of the University of London.

The School of Advanced Study draws on its expertise in research and teaching to provide programmes of varied and challenging research and skills training. These programmes help support our students and graduate researchers in their wider preparation for careers, in academia or elsewhere. Distance-learning option is also available in this course.

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

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Applicants for research programmes (MPhil/PhD) are normally required to hold a master?s degree. Applications may also be considered from candidates who do not meet the formal academic requirements, but who offer alternative qualifications and/or relevant experience.
  • International entry requirements: Applicants for research programmes (MPhil/PhD) are normally required to hold a master?s degree. Applications may also be considered from candidates who do not meet the formal academic requirements, but who offer alternative qualifications and/or relevant experience. IELTS/IELTS for UKVI tests can be taken around the world, but Trinity College London tests must be taken in the UK. ? International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic Version, 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component ? Trinity College London, ISE III exam = CEFR C1 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening.