Information Science

Information science (IS) explores the organisation of information and its use and impact across human society. Information (content) is now core to service delivery and strategic development, with information governance high up the policy agenda.  This agenda demands training and research that places emphasis on the relationship between the use of information and societal development.

The pathway is based on a 1+3 model through Masters and PhD (Robert Gordon and Glasgow) or +3 (Strathclyde and Edinburgh Napier), with students engaging in a mix of institutionally-based and partnership-based training. The pathway builds on the complementary specialisms and expertise within each institution to provide new core and advanced training, delivered collaboratively, utilising technology in innovative and creative ways to develop and support a strategic network of participants across Scotland.  This approach aims to ensure that research students develop an understanding of the significance of establishing an effective digital footprint with epistemic communities to underpin dissemination, support research community interaction and the relationship between research and practice.   

The strong position of the discipline within Scotland in terms of research quality means that the student cohort represents a significant portion of the UK doctoral community. Students in the pathway will benefit from being part a research community that has close user relationships with our professional bodies, Society of Archivists, Records Management Society, and Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals where the qualifications framework recognises doctoral research. 

The pathway has its own dedicated website which has further information on its activities. 

ESRC funded studentships in Information Science are available at the following institutions. Please contact the relevant institutional representative for further information: