Institute of Commonwealth Studies

PhD Programmes

Law (1)
  • MPhil/PhD Human Rights
    School of Advanced Study, University of London
Social Sciences (1)
  • MPhil/PhD Human Rights
    School of Advanced Study, University of London



The Institute of Commonwealth Studies, founded in 1949, is the only postgraduate academic institution in the United Kingdom devoted to the study of the Commonwealth. It is also home to the longest-running interdisciplinary and practice-oriented human rights MA program in the UK, and the interdisciplinary MA in The Making of the Modern World: Decolonisation, Democracy, and Development.


  • The Institute is a national and international centre of excellence for policy-relevant research, research facilitation and teaching. As a member of the School of Advanced Study, established in 1994, the Institute works with eight other prestigious postgraduate research institutes to offer academic opportunities across and between a wide range of subject fields in the humanities and social sciences.
  • ICwS’s research community produces ground-breaking research at the forefront of several academic disciplines and uses this research to engage a broad range of stakeholders, including government, NGOs and civil society, in the UK, the wider Commonwealth, and beyond.


Library services

The Institute’s Library is an international resource holding more than 190,000 volumes, with particularly impressive Caribbean, Southern African and Australian holdings and over 200 archival collections.

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