Studying for a PhD at the Refugee Law Initiative, School of Advanced Study

The School of Advanced Study is the UK's national research hub in the humanities and offers a world-class research environment to our research students.

The Institute of Commonwealth Studies (where the Refugee Law Initiative is based) has been supervising interdisciplinary doctoral degrees for over half a century. The focus of research degrees has increasingly been on the 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.


From autumn 2017, the School of Advanced Study will offer students with an appropriate topic and level of local resource the opportunity to undertake a PhD by distance learning. These students are required to attend our London campus at set intervals to complete an intensive research training module, for upgrade, and for the viva but will otherwise study at their own location. This option is available to UK, EU and international students on the same basis as our on-campus PhD programmes (three years full time, six years part time). Fees are the same as for our on-campus PhD programmes. Our institutes also offer a range of bursaries and studentships for applicants on our programmes. View funding opportunities here.

For more information, please visit the SAS Distance Learning PhD page.