Research Degrees in

Information and Communications

in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities


The Information and Communications section has a world-wide reputation for postgraduate teaching and is home to the Centre for Research in Libraries, Information and Media (CeRLIM).

Staff offer supervision of research degrees in the following areas:

  • Communications and Media: the social study of information and communications media and their policies, frameworks and impacts.
  • Information Management: the study of information, its use and management in a range of organisational contexts.
  • Information Access: the study of information seeking and information retrieval systems and their evaluation, design and development.

Within these areas we apply both quantitative and qualitative methods to research in the study of topics including:

  • new media and communications technologies,
  • knowledge management techniques in contexts,
  • the use of information and communications in social interactions,
  • information seeking behaviour in learning and everyday contexts,
  • the changing role of libraries in a digital age (including societal contribution and innovation),
  • search and retrieval technologies in the provision of digital resources, and
  • the design of user interfaces for information searching, use and management.

A common feature of research in each of these areas is an emphasis on evaluation of information and media and its impact on its users, uses and transformation environment.

Research degrees are available to study on-campus or through distance learning.

→ How to apply for a distance learning PhD


Before applying for a research degree, applicants should have a preliminary discussion with the relevant Research Degrees Co-ordinator within your chosen area of interest to discuss the project or your ideas.

How to apply

The quickest and most efficient way to apply for this course is to apply online. This way, you can also track your application throughout the process.

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Please complete the additional Postgraduate Research Degree Supplementary Information document and upload it to the Student documents section of your online application. This collects key information about your research application and there may be delays if you do not submit this document.

Before you apply, we recommend that you:

  • Contact the relevant Research Degrees Co-ordinator within your chosen area of interest to discuss the project or your ideas.
  • Ensure that you have gathered the necessary supporting documents required and submit them along with your application where possible: references, passport copy, qualification transcripts and certificates, English language proficiency evidence where relevant.

Next Stages of Your Application

We will contact you to let you know the initial outcome of your application, and invite you to attend an interview where appropriate.

Once the university is satisfied with the following, we will send you an offer letter informing you that you have been offered a place of study:

  • Your research proposal
  • The entry requirements have been met
  • You have satisfactory references
  • We have the expertise and resources to be able to supervise you
  • You have had a successful interview

Some offers may be conditional upon achieving certain grades in your examinations, or successfully completing a particular programme. You must satisfy these conditions before we can confirm your unconditional place.

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