Undertaking doctoral research allows you to develop in-depth knowledge, while making a meaningful contribution to your chosen field.
With guidance from our expert supervisors, you'll carry out extensive independent research culminating in a thesis of up to 100,000 words. Broadly speaking 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.
You can study on-campus or online.
Opportunities and Facilities
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.
More broadly, the School of Advanced Study itself offers excellent resources for inter-disciplinary research by bringing together nine internationally renowned research institutes that support the promotion of research in the humanities.
Much like the Institute itself, the School offers a broad range of events, seminars and conferences that we encourage our research students to engage with.
Our research students can also take advantage of a varied and challenging research training programme, with general research skills training and research methodologies courses provided through the School and subject-specific training provided within the institutes.
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The Institute of Commonwealth Studies offers doctoral research supervision in the following broad areas:
- Human rights
- Indigenous peoples
- Genocide studies
- The foreign and defence policies of Commonwealth countries
- The politics, governance and development of South Asia
- African politics, governance and development
- Ethnicity: conflict and accommodation in plural societies
- The Mediterranean and the colonial powers
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- 36 months
- 72 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before
- StartingApplication deadline not specified.
DisciplinesInternational Relations International Law Legal Studies View 27 other Masters in Legal Studies in United Kingdom
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We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- Before submitting an application you are advised to contact a member of the academic staff who has interests in your proposed field of study to discuss your proposal.
- Once you have contacted the School, you will be put in touch with a potential supervisor. It is important that you discuss your outline research proposal with them, and that you feel you can work together. Your supervisor will discuss any further development or re-focusing of your proposal before the formal application is taken to the relevant Research Degrees Committee for approval.
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International15500 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 15500 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
National6130 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 6130 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
- UK: £3600
- EU/Overseas: £9300
Find out more about our range of funding opportunities: https://www.sas.ac.uk/graduate-study/fees-and-funding
Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.