Research degree

Information Studies MPhil/PhD

We are the only department in the United Kingdom with programmes in library and information studies, information science, archives and records management, publishing, and digital humanities. As well as topics within these specific areas, we can offer unparalleled opportunities for cross-domain research, for example in user studies and usability, metadata, the management of electronic resources, and XML technologies for the humanities.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 3 years
  • Part-time: 5 years

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

£4,635 (FT) £2,315 (PT)
£16,690 (FT) £8,500 (PT)

Application deadlines

All applicants:
15 June 2015
Scholarship applicants:
15 January 2015
The deadline for applications is 15 January 2014 (Scholarship candidates and open competition) and 15 June 2014 (open competition candidates).

Entry Requirements

A UK Master’s degree in a relevant discipline, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, plus a minimum of an upper secondclass UK Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.

English language requirement: Good

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

International equivalencies

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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David Tebbutt Scholarship

Full tuition fees plus a work placement with Faber and Faber
1 year
Prospective UK and EU students applying to an MA in Publishing.

Information Studies Scholarships

UK/EU tuition fees
1 year
Eligibillity: All eligible applicants for the programme will be considered for the award of this scholarship.

Sir Hilary Jenkinson Scholarship in Archive Studies

1 year
Prospective students for MA in Archives and Records Management.

Wiley Scholarship

UK/EU tuition fees plus internship
1 year
Prospective full-time UK/EU students of the MA in Publishing in the Department of Information Studies.

Vickery Bursaries

1 year
All students who have been offered a place on the MA in Library & Information Studies for the 2014/15 academic year will be considered automatically.

More scholarships are listed on the scholarships website


Top career destinations for this degree

  • Staffordshire County Council, Corporate Records Manager, ,
  • National Library of Portugal, Deputy Director, ,
  • UCL, Lecturer, ,


Our doctoral students go on to do a wide variety of interesting jobs after they graduate from UCL. Many go into senior posts in the information professions, both in the UK and abroad. Doctoral graduates have gone on to be Head, Curation and Preservation Services, MIT Libraries, USA; Chief of Archives at the United Nations; and Corporate Records Manager, Staffordshire County Council. Others continue their academic career in universities around the world, in departments of library science, information management, archive studies and publishing. Former doctoral students have gone on to academic posts in universities on many continents: Senior Lecturer and Electronic Records Management Consultan

Why study this degree at UCL?

The School has strong links with organizations such as the National Archives and the British Museum, and is close to the British Library and other major research libraries. Our location in central London makes it easy for collaborative work with other institutions and groups.

UCL Department of Information Studies is a leading centre for research in librarianship, archives and records management, digital humanities, publishing, knowledge organization and knowledge representation, especially in the areas of research evaluation, scholarly communication, user groups especially early years, and learning and professional development. DIS research is organised around four research centres and groups. These facilitate interaction between established researchers, and offer research training and career development opportunities for early stage researchers and research students. Importantly, they provide coherence and a critical mass of researchers in key areas.

Student / staff ratios › 20 staff › 220 taught students › 30 research students

Department: Information Studies

Application and next steps


Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

Application deadlines

All applicants
Scholarship applicants
The deadline for applications is 15 January 2014 (Scholarship candidates and open competition) and 15 June 2014 (open competition candidates).

For more information see our Applications page.

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Visit the IRIS research portal to learn more about researchers' activities, research groups, research centres and interdisciplinary networks across the whole of UCL.

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