PhD Research


About the School

We are the leading department of our kind in the UK, with an international reputation.  We have consistently received the highest rating for our research in the regular Research Assessment Exercises (RAE) undertaken by the UK Higher Education Funding Councils and we were ranked as the top library and information science department in the 2008 RAE.  In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) we achieved top positions for research environment and for the impact of our research, based on the combined 4* (world-leading) and 3* (internationally excellent) categories. The results show that 100% of our research environment was judged to be of world-leading quality and 100% of our research impact was judged as world-leading or internationally excellent.

We have a vibrant research culture with regular seminars by staff, students and distinguished guests from around the world.  All our research students are associated with at least one of our research groups.

We host leading academics visiting from international institutions; recent guests have come from Australia, Germany, Finland, Japan, Spain and the USA.  Our research groups host regular conferences and short courses which attract an international audience.  Our research students host iFutures, our doctoral conference for PhD students throughout the UK.

There are currently around 50 students from all over the world carrying out research degrees with the Information School.  Feedback from current and former students indicates that the Information School continues to be a very popular choice for students wishing to gain a PhD in information science.

You can read more about how to apply for PhD and MPhil study at the Information School on our website, and see what our students say about their PhD experience in our video.

We have a list of suggested PhD topics available here which can be undertaken in our department if you need an idea to get you started. Alternatively, there is the central University's Find a Supervisor tool if you have a subject area in mind to look into and want to search across the University.