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PhD/MPhil Library and Information Science

City, University of London

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  • Qualification

    PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

  • Location

    City, University of London

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    01-FEB-22, 01-APR-22, 01-JUL-22, 01-OCT-22

  • Duration

    2 years

Course summary

The Library and Information Science PhD/MPhil allows you to develop advanced research skills, working as part of our Centre for Information Science, an internationally recognised leader in the field.


Library and Information Science (LIS) is about the processes connected to the communication of recorded information.

Here at City, University of London, we have been active in LIS related research since 1961. Today our Centre for Information Science is well known for producing internationally pioneering research. You will be central to our research activity and supported with a structured programme of supervision and training.

Our research interests include:

  • History and philosophy of information
  • information behaviour
  • information literacy
  • documents and documentation
  • knowledge organisation
  • information ethics.

We expect you to build and maintain a professional social media presence and actively engage in open digital scholarship. You will also be encouraged to participate in and contribute to wider departmental activities.

We offer the following types of award:

  • PhD by Major Thesis
  • MPhil.
  • PhD by Prior Publication

Research students are initially registered for the degree of MPhil. Promotion to PhD registration is contingent upon the satisfactory outcome of a review process. This normally takes place towards the end of the first year of registration for full-time candidates. Part-time students will have their review process towards the end of the second year.

The PhD programme concludes with the candidate submitting their research in the form of a PhD thesis. You will also and attend a viva voce examination in front of at least two examiners. At least one of these will be external to City.

Application deadline

15 April 2022, 16 July 2022

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 15,300per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

City, University of London

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  • Campus address

    City, University of London, Northampton Square, City of London, EC1V 0HB, England

City is one of the most international UK universities. Students are from over 160 countries, creating a diverse, cosmopolitan university community.
City's supportive alumni network stretches across the globe. They help those thinking of moving to London and organise in-country events after graduation.
City's international student advice team give guidance on the application process, answers questions on visa and immigration issues and check visa documents.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    67th out of 113 20

  • Entry standards

    / Max 236
    124 56%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    80.0 80%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.69 74%



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