Institute of Commonwealth Studies (ICS)


Senate House Malet Street London WC1E 7HU UK

Telephone: (44) 20 7862 8853

Fax: (44) 20 7862 8813



Year established: 1949

Officers (2015):

Director: Prof. Philip Murphy

Administrative Manager: Ms Chloe Pieters

Aims and objectives:

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 of the University of London, established in 1994, the Institute works with nine other prestigious postgraduate research institutes to offer academic opportunities across and between a wide range of subject fields in the humanities and social sciences.

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

Main activities:

• Provides a forum for researchers and graduate students with Commonwealth research interests, organising seminars, conferences and symposia (see website for details), and offering library facilities, publications and online resources for researchers

• Operates the prestigious MA in Understanding and Securing Human Rights and an MA in The Making of the Modern World (as of October 2015)

• Registers students for doctoral research
• Provides a base for a variety of externally funded

research projects
• Hosts a number of visiting research fellows from around the Commonwealth