Doctorate in Information Science DInfSc

Professional Doctorate in Information Science

1. Overview

The Professional Doctorate in Information Science (DInfSc) is a Higher Degree based on research into real professional issues. It offers a more structured alternative to the traditional PhD but requires the same level of academic study.

The DInfSc is designed for experienced professionals in an information or knowledge management environment. It is an attractive option for those wishing to take the next step on the qualifications ladder, allowing them to enhance their professional practice and career prospects.

2. What you will study

The course comprises two principal stages. In the initial taught stage you will consolidate or extend your specialist subject knowledge and research competence. This is followed by the thesis stage during which you will conduct independent and original research to produce a doctoral level dissertation within one of the following broad thematic areas: information and society; information literacy; knowledge management.

You will normally be expected to undertake research on issues of relevance to your own organisational and professional environment, engaging in critical evidence-based reflection on the impact of the research in changing practice.

Taught subject modules can be studied at a distance via the University's virtual campus. However you will be expected to attend the University for some portion of each academic year, to benefit from face-to-face discussions and planning within a vibrant research-focused environment.

3. Entry requirements

The DInfSc is a challenging programme demanding a sound academic background as well as professional experience. To be considered for this programme you will need to demonstrate:

  • A Masters degree, or a first or upper-second class Honours degree, or equivalent
  • A minimum of three years' managerial experience in an information or knowledge management environment
  • All international students for whom English is not their first language, must provide evidence of linguistic ability at a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or its equivalent in TOEFL
  • A written outline of the proposed area of research

4. Course Fees

For Academic Year 2014/2015

All Students


  • £8,700 per academic year


  • £2,895 Year 1
  • £2,895 Year 2
  • £5,078 Per year, dissertation stage

For Academic Year 2013/2014

All Students


  • £8,400 per academic year


  • £2,800 Year 1
  • £2,800 Year 2
  • £4,900 Per year, dissertation stage

For Academic Year 2012/2013

All Students


  • £8,100 per academic year


  • £2,700 Year 1
  • £2,700 Year 2
  • £4,725 Per year, dissertation stage

For Academic Year 2011/2012

All Students

  • £7,900 academic year full time
  • £2,640 Year 1 part time
  • £2,640 Year 2 part time
  • £4,605 Year, dissertation stage part time

All course fees are reviewed annually and subject to change. Published fees apply to the course's mode of delivery.

For further information see Student Finance pages


5. How to apply

All applications should be made via the University's application form for research students.

Completed application forms should be accompanied by:

  • Two academic references
  • A transcript or mark sheet for all graduate qualifications
  • A draft research proposal, or at least a short summary to indicate the potential area of research (Refer to Section 8 of the Application Form)
  • For applicants whose first language or language of university education is not English -Certificate of English language competency score of IELTS 6.5 in each of the four test components (Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking). Students who can demonstrate successful completion of tertiary (university or college) studies in a country whose national language is English, may be exempted from this requirement
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Start date
September or January
Course length
Between 3 and 7 years
Mode of Attendance
Full-time, Part-time, Distance Learning
Academic school
Aberdeen Business School
Teaching locations

Robert Gordon University, Garthdee House, Garthdee Road, Aberdeen, AB10 7QB, Scotland, UK: a Scottish charity, registration No. SC013781