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Menzies Australia Institute MPhil/PhD MPhil/PhD

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  • 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: 2.

  • Current number of research students: 2 full-time, 1 part-time PhDs; 1 visiting/funded postdoctoral research fellow.

  • Recent publications:

    • Agnieszka Sobocinska, Saving the World: Western volunteers and the rise of the Humanitarian-Development Complex (Cambridge University Press, 2021) 
    • Simon Sleight, Young People and the Shaping of Public Space in Melbourne, 1870-1914 (Routledge: 2016).
  • Current research projects:

    • Expat Diaspora: Australians across the Globe

    • Australian participation in international organisations

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

    • UK/Australian social, cultural, diplomatic and military history

    • Decolonisation in the Asian and Pacific regions

    • History and memory

    • Children, childhood and youth in the British World

    • The social history of Australia House

    • 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

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy

Department Menzies Australia Institute



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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.

Postgraduate training

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.

Head of group/division

Dr Agnieszka Sobocinska

Contact for information

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

Contact email

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Further literature

See the SSPP Faculty-Level Student Handbook, annual reports and other Centre publications on the Centre's website.

Further literature link(s)

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Australian Studies Research Entry Requirements
Minimum UK requirements   Normally an MA in an appropriate subject area and a first or 2:1 BA first degree or overseas equivalent.
International requirements   Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band C Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.


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.

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

International Foundation

Fees and funding

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC); Doctoral Centre and School of Arts & Humanities studentships and bursaries; self-funded.

Financial help and support

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