Doctorate in Information Science DInfSc

Professional Doctorate in Information Science

1. Overview

The Professional Doctorate in Information Science (DInfSc) is a practitioner-focused doctoral degree. It has been designed for experienced professionals working in an information or knowledge management environment.

This programme an attractive option for those seeking to make an original contribution to professional practice. It prepares you to take the next step in your professional development and lead change and innovation in the LIS sector.

2. What you will study

You will undertake a tailored study programme comprising a doctoral level dissertation of around 60000 words that makes an original contribution to professional practice. You will also study 60 credits of taught modules which you will select (with advice from your supervisor) to consolidate or extend your specialist subject knowledge. Taught subject modules can be studied online via campus moodle.

We are particularly interested in receiving proposals for doctoral study in the following areas:

  • Cultural heritage (including digital cultural heritage and local studies)
  • Digital Curation (including research data management; creative and cultural resources and business data)
  • Information seeking behaviour
  • Information and digital literacy
  • Information and publishing law
  • Information for Political Engagement (including social media and political participation)
  • Information ethics
  • Organisational Learning (including Communities of Practice and Workplace Democracy)
  • Preservation of intellectual heritage
  • Value and Impact of Public Libraries
  • The development of new information professionals (including CPD and online learning spaces)

3. Entry requirements

Normal entry requirements are an MSc (at merit or distinction level) and a first or upper second class honours degree of a University of the United Kingdom, or from an overseas University, or degree equivalent qualification, subject to the approval of Robert Gordon University. The DInfSc also requires candidates to have a minimum of three years experience in a professional level Information Science-related role. Applicants holding qualifications other than those above shall be considered on their merits and in relation to the nature and scope of the proposed research programme.

Applicants will normally register for an MRes/DInfSc with transfer to DINnfSc dependent on satisfactory progress. However, applicants who already possess a Masters degree which includes a significant research component could be registered directly for a DInfSc, subject to a satisfactory research proposal, and clear evidence of research expertise.

Any applicant whose first language or language of previous University-level instruction is not English must normally demonstrate competence in English. This should be a score of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

4. Course Fees

For Academic Year 2016/2017

UK/EU Students

Full-time

  • £4,100 per academic year

Part-time

  • £2,050 per academic year

International Students

Full-time

  • £9,900 per academic year

Part-time

  • £4,950 per academic year

For Academic Year 2015/2016

All Students

Full-time

  • £9,000 per academic year

Part-time

  • £4,500 per academic year

For Academic Year 2014/2015

All Students

Full-time

  • £8,700 per academic year

Part-time

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

For Academic Year 2013/2014

All Students

Full-time

  • £8,400 per academic year

Part-time

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

For Academic Year 2012/2013

All Students

Full-time

  • £8,100 per academic year

Part-time

  • £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. You will also be liable to pay a graduation fee of £40 before receiving a University award.

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. Informal enquiries can be made Dr Elizabeth Tait

Completed application forms should be accompanied by:

  • Two academic references
  • A transcript or mark sheet for all graduate qualifications
  • A research proposal (View the research proposal guidelines)
  • 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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DInfSc

Start date

September or January

Course length

FT 3 yrs and PT 4-6 yrs

Mode of Attendance

Full-time and Part-time

Academic school
Aberdeen Business School
More information:
Dr Elizabeth Tait Lecturer
+44 (0)1224 263916

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