The modern Commonwealth was formed in 1949 with the London Declaration, which changed the basis of membership from common allegiance to the British Crown to a free and equal association of independent states. Yet this organisation often remains misunderstood or underappreciated. This short course, which can be undertaken entirely online and has no residential component, provides an insight into the history which has shaped the modern Commonwealth of Nations as well as the key events, figures and formal agreements which have made it the organisation it is today. 

This short course, designed by academics and others with expertise on the Commonwealth as an international organisation and institution, is self-directed and can be undertaken at the time, place, and pace that suits you.


Students who register on the short course will be sent registration details to access the course and its resources. The registration fee £50.00 (standard), and £25.00 for students registered on any degree at the School of Advanced Study. Further queries can be directed to