The Menzies Australia Institute 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 Institute 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. There are currently two academic staff members: Dr. Agnieszka Sobocinska and Dr Simon Sleight. Both teach and research Australian social, cultural and diplomatic history, transnational/international history and cultural, political and historical geography. They also have extensive teaching, research and supervisory experience in the British and Australian university systems. Menzies Australia Institute staff act as external examiners and administer a number of schemes for scholarly exchange between Britain and Australia. The Institute provides a highly regarded forum for the discussion of Australian issues. Its lectures, seminars and podcasts 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 addition to supervision by staff at the Menzies Australia Institute, postgraduate students are associated with a disciplinary department at King’s, usually History, Geography or English (although other configurations are possible). 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.
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Contact for information
Postgraduate Admissions, Admissions Office Tel +44 (0)20 7848 1649
See the SSPP Faculty-Level Student Handbook, annual reports and other Centre publications on the Centre's website.
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