Doctoral Research in Information, Communication and Media (MRes/MPhil/PhD)

Doctoral Research in Information, Communication and Media

1. Overview

Research in Information, Communication and Media is primarily concerned with the use and impact of communication, media, information and knowledge.

The Communication, Marketing and Media Department is active in research across communication, marketing and media themes and these interests are reflected in the design of our courses.

The Research Mission of the Department of Information Management is to develop understanding of the use and impact of information and knowledge, leading to information solutions that empower individuals, organisations and communities.

2. What you will study

The University can offer Information, Communication and Media research degrees in the following broad areas:

Communication and Media

  • Media discourse & representation
  • Gender and media
  • Media history
  • Postmodern cultural and media theory
  • Publishing
  • Fan and celebrity culture
  • Media effects, audience reception and participation, and moral panics
  • On- and offline bookselling
  • Political communication and information
  • Digital consumer behaviour
  • Export markets
  • Services Marketing
  • Consumer socialisation and demographics
  • Fashion and retail
  • Events and festival consumption
  • Events management strategy 
  • Events and social interaction
  • Dark tourism
  • Entrepreneurship in the creative industries 
  • Knowledge exchange - Collaboration between SMEs and academia
  • Transport in remote, rural and island areas
  • Transport, cultural identity and place
  • Transport service and operational innovation 

Information Management

  • Cultural heritage (including digital cultural heritage and local studies)
  • Digital Curation (including research data management; creative and cultural resources and business data)
  • Information behaviour and use
  • Information and digital literacy
  • Information and publishing law
  • Information for Political Engagement (including social media and political participation)
  • Information ethics
  • Knowledge Management
  • 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 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. 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 MSc/PhD or MRes/PhD with transfer to PhD dependent on satisfactory progress. However, applicants who already possess a Masters degree which includes a significant research component could be registered directly for a PhD, 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

  • £4,052 per academic year

Part-time

  • £2,435 per academic year

International Students

Full-time

  • £12,870 per academic year

Part-time

  • £7,725 per academic year

For Academic Year 2015/2016

UK/EU Students

Full-time

  • £3,996 per academic year

Part-time

  • £2,400 per academic year

International Students

Full-time

  • £12,400 per academic year

Part-time

  • £7,440 per academic year

For Academic Year 2014/2015

UK/EU Students

Full-time

  • £3,900 per academic year

Part-time

  • £2,340 per academic year

International Students

Full-time

  • £12,000 per academic year

Part-time

  • £7,200 per academic year

For Academic Year 2013/2014

UK/EU Students

Full-time

  • £3,900 per academic year

Part-time

  • £2,340 per academic year

International Students

Full-time

  • £11,000 per academic year

Part-time

  • £6,600 per academic year

For Academic Year 2012/2013

Scottish/EU Students

Full-time

  • £3,828 per academic year

Part-time

  • £2,297 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

Full-time

  • £3,828 per academic year

Part-time

  • £2,297 per academic year

International Students

Full-time

  • £10,625 per academic year

Part-time

  • £6,375 per academic year

For Academic Year 2011/2012

UK/EU Students

  • £ 3,400 year full time
  • £ 2,040 year part time

International Students

  • £10,350 year full time
  • £6,210 year part time

Disclaimer

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 to Dr Robert Halsall for Communications, Marketing and Media applicants or Dr Elizabeth Tait for Information Management applicants.

Completed application forms should be accompanied by:

  • Two academic references
  • A transcript or mark sheet for all graduate qualifications
  • A research proposal
    Guidance on Writing a PhD or Professional Doctorate Proposal (PDF 335KB))
  • 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

Applying to become a research student

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(MRes/MPhil/PhD)

Start date

September/January

Course length

MSc/MRes-Full-time-1 year; Part-time - 2 years PhD-Full-time-3 years; Part-time - 4 to 6 years

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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