Ph. D. On Campus

Information Studies

University College London (UCL)

36 months
22900 GBP/year
5690 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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UCL Information Studies is an international centre for knowledge creation and transfer in the fields of librarianship, archives and record management, publishing, information science and digital humanities and the department brings together academics and practitioners in these fields. The Information Studies programme is offered by University College London (UCL).


We are the only department in the UK with programmes in library and information studies, information science, archives and records management, publishing, and digital humanities. The Information Studies programme is offered by University College London (UCL).

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, information governance, data science and semantic technologies for the humanities.

Our research aims to develop the understanding and insight needed to shape the emerging information environment, while elucidating and building on the historical developments that have created it. We are the country's largest department of Information Studies located within one of the world's top ten universities and our teaching is built upon an international research reputation.


Most of our research students have already worked as information professionals in the public and private sectors or in academia in the UK and worldwide. The successful completion of a research degree enables them to achieve the highest positions in their chosen field.


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 Head of Research, The National Archives.

Others continue their academic career in universities around the world, in departments of library science, information management, archive studies, digital humanities and publishing.

Programme Structure

Research areas:
  • Library and information studies
  • Information science
  • Archives and records management
  • Publishing
  • Digital humanities
  • User studies and usability
  • Metadata
  • Management of electronic resources
  • XML (Extensible Markup Language) technologies for the humanities

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months
  • Part-time
    • 60 months

Start dates & application deadlines


360 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A minimum of an upper-second class UK Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate subject, or a recognised taught Master’s degree. 
  • Overseas qualifications of an equivalent standard from a recognised higher education institution are also accepted.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    22900 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 22900 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • National

    5690 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5690 GBP per year during 36 months.


  • UK: £2,845
  • International: £11,530

Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


  • Eligibility:
  • Criteria:
Based on both academic merit and financial need

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