Research Degrees in

Libraries, Information and Media

in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities


Opportunities are available to study for the research degrees of MA, MPhil and PhD, either full-time or part-time.

The Centre for Research in Libraries, Information and Media (CeRLIM) exists to undertake research in information, its technology and communications. Our aim is to contribute to the design, development and effective use of information systems, resources and media through an understanding of the interaction of the human and social dimensions. In research, priority is given to our three thematic areas in the field of study of information and communications:

  • Information Access: information analytics in the design and development of useful search and information based products and services.
  • Information Management: the evaluation of information services, user behaviour, trust and knowledge management.
  • Communications & Media: the social contexts of information use, online social networking, and informatics in educational contexts.

CeRLIM is led by Professor Jenny Rowley and a team of experienced research active staff work within and across the research themes. An extensive portfolio of funded research has been undertaken by academic staff, and our main postgraduate research effort is concentrated in the provision of programmes for the research degrees of Masters, MPhil and 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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