Science, Technology and Innovation Studies and Information and Communication Studies

This pathway provides training in the complex interdisciplinary issues associated with science, technology and innovation. It has a specific focus on the design and use of information and communication technologies, taking into account institutional and cultural contexts. However, it includes such diverse areas as agriculture and food, energy and environment, medicine and health, and beyond.

Each of the five pathway partners offers particular specialist training: Communications, Media and Culture (CMC) at Stirling reflects key interests in digital media (especially in relation to political communications, journalism and publishing); Cultural Policy (CP) at Glasgow considers the economic, organisational and policy issues of digital developments across the creative economy; Digital Strategy (DS) at Heriot-Watt focuses on the growth and development strategy within the digital economy and the associated sociotechnical challenges that this brings; Information Science (IS) at Edinburgh Napier explores the organisation of information and its use and impact across human society; and Science, Technology and Innovation Studies (STIS) at Edinburgh investigates a wide range of topics at the interface between the social and natural sciences, medicine and engineering, policy and law.

All five partner institutions provide students with access to outstanding research environments and advanced doctoral training. The pathway allows for training on a +3 (PhD only) and 1+3 (MSc by Research + PhD) basis, depending on the prior qualifications of the student. The +3 option is available at ALL five institutional partners, while current provision for 1+3 option is available at:

ESRC funded studentships in Science, Technology and Innovation Studies and Information and Communication Studies are available at the following institutions. Please contact the relevant institutional representative for further information:

Last updated 22 Feb 2017 9:18am