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Menzies Centre for Australian Studies MPhil/PhD



  • Research income: Funding from the Australian and British Governments, and individual projects by the British Academy, Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Australia Research Council and other similar organisations.

  • Current number of academic staff: 3.

  • Current number of research students: 3 full-time, 4 part-time PhDs; 1 British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow; 2 visiting/funded postdoctoral research fellows.

  • Recent publications:

    • Patrick White: Beyond the Grave

    • Young People and the Shaping of Public Space in Melbourne, 1870-1914

  • Current research projects:

    • "Pommyland": Geographies of Belonging in Australia's Britain

    • History and memory

    • Children, childhood and youth in the British World

    • Screening the Torres Strait

    • Ealing Studios in Australia

    • Cinematic representations of indigenous peoples

    • Re-evaluating Patrick White

    • The social history of Australia House

    • UK/Australian diplomatic and military history, 1914-1918

    • Reading and the Antipodes

Key information

Duration Expected to be: MPhil two years FT, three years PT; PhD three years FT, four-six years PT. September to September, January to January or April to April.

Study mode Full-time,Part-time

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Department Menzies Centre for Australian Studies


Entry requirements

Normally an MA in an appropriate subject area and a first or 2:1 BA first degree or overseas equivalent.

Application procedure

Please contact us before applying to discuss your proposed research project. Admission will initially be for the MPhil but students may transfer to the PhD after an appropriate period, by agreement with their supervisor and the Departmental Postgraduate and Research Committee.

Personal statement and supporting information

No information required.

Course intake

No set number.

Application closing date

None. However, students interested in applying for funding should be aware that funding deadlines are different and may be earlier; applicants should check the Graduate Funding Pages at for more information.


Course detail


The Menzies Centre for Australian Studies is the most substantial centre for the study of Australian history and culture in Europe and one of the most significant in the world. We offer research degrees at MPhil and PhD levels in Australian history, politics, literature and film or in other areas of Australian studies by arrangement as well as access to a number of libraries which together constitute the best resources on Australian subjects in Europe. These include our own Maughan Library, the Institute of Commonwealth Studies Library, which holds one of the largest collections of social science materials relating to Australia, and the extensive Australia House Collection (at the University of London's Senate House Library).

Course study environment

The Centre promotes the study of Australia in British and European universities, as well as offering teaching courses on Australia at undergraduate and graduate levels within King’s College London and the University of London. There are currently three academic staff members: Professor Carl Bridge and Dr Simon Sleight, who teach and research in Australian history; and Dr Ian Henderson who works in the fields of Australian literature and film. All three staff members have extensive teaching, research and supervisory experience in the British and Australian university systems. Its Menzies Centre staff act as external examiners and administer a number of schemes for scholarly exchange between Britain and Australia. The Centre provides a highly regarded forum for the discussion of Australian issues. Its conferences, seminars and briefings attract a diverse audience and help to produce a more comprehensive, detailed and balanced perception of Australian politics, economics, life and culture than is popularly available. In Europe the Centre has enduring and close links with the Centre for Australian Studies at the University of Copenhagen, University College Dublin, the Institute of Commonwealth Studies in London, Barcelona University and the European Australian Studies Association. Further afield it has links with Australian organisations in China, America and Australia and strategic partnerships with the British Museum, National Museum of Australia, Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Australian High Commission.

Postgraduate training

As a research student you will complete the Introduction to Australian Studies: Approaches & Methods in Australian module in the first semester. As well as attending scheduled classes for the papers in which you are enrolled, you will be encouraged to attend additional seminars in Australian Studies, organised by Menzies Centre. These usually take place on Wednesdays at 17.15 during the teaching weeks of the academic year. These seminars are focused on the Centre's research objectives and include speakers from Australia, the UK and Europe. Research students will also be invited to speak in this forum. They are also encouraged to participate fully in workshops, courses and training sessions offered elsewhere in the College such as in the Graduate School and the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.

Head of group/division

Dr Ian Henderson

Contact for information

Postgraduate Admissions, Admissions Office Tel +44 (0)20 7848 1649

Contact email

Course website

Further literature

See Postgraduate Student Handbook, annual reports and other Centre publications on the Centre's website.

Further literature link(s)

Career prospects

Career destinations

Civil service, media, museums and galleries, publishing, academia, the City, journalism.


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AHRC; Graduate School and School of Arts & Humanities studentships and bursaries; self-funded.


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