Information Management

Information Management

Research in Information Management is primarily concerned with the use and impact of information and knowledge. The subject area of Information Management has a strong research ethos and offers you the opportunity to investigate a range of specialist topics.

MRes | MPhil | PhD | DInfSc
Start Date
February and October

We welcome proposal submissions from students to undertake research in the following indicative areas, although other areas will be considered:

  • Knowledge management, intellectual capital and digital curation – Professor Simon Burnett
  • Bookshops as a space of consumption, leisure and self-presentation (online and offline) – Dr Audrey Laing
  • Research into extreme information poverty, information deficit or information exclusion – Professor Rita Marcella
  • Information and publishing law, information ethics, copyright and preservation of intellectual heritage, publishing and online creative communities – Professor Adrienne Muir
  • Cultural heritage, local studies, value and impact of public libraries – Professor Peter Reid
  • Political Information and Behaviour, Information Credibility – Dr Graeme Baxter
  • Export Information Acquisition, Export Information Use, Export Performance and Export Market Orientation, Services Marketing (business to business service encounters and service leadership) - Dr Evagelos Korobilis-Magas
  • Online learning, digital competencies/literacy, search engines and social media searching and browsing (user-based studies) – Dr Konstantina Martzoukou 

We are also interested in the following broad Information Management research opportunities: 

  • 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)

In addition to the traditional PhD route, RGU offers a Doctor of Information Science (DInfSc) - the first professional doctorate in Information Science to be established in the UK. The DInfSc is a practitioner-focused doctoral degree and has been designed for experienced professionals working in an information or knowledge management environment. For more information visit <course link>.


Normal entry requirements are a first or upper second class honours degree from 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 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 Master’s 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. 

English Language Requirements

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.

We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:

Our Pre-Sessional English Programme (PSP) is available for students who have not yet reached the required English level and those who would like to improve their language competency.

Please note, some courses may require a higher standard of English than stated in this page. Contact for further information.


For Academic Year 2022/2023


  • Full time - £4,596 per academic year
  • Part time MPhil/PhD - £2,760 per academic year
  • Part time MRes/MSc by research - £2,298 per academic year


  • Full time- £14,850 per academic year
  • Part time MPhil/PhD- £8,910 per academic year
  • Part time MRes/MSc by research - £7,425 per academic year

Additional Costs

The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:

Alumni Discount

Robert Gordon University is delighted to offer a 20% loyalty discount on course fees for all alumni who have graduated from RGU.

Student Funding

Postgraduate students will normally make their own arrangements for payment of fees. However, there are a limited number of SAAS funded places on certain postgraduate courses.
There are also sources of funding that are applicable to categories of student.

Scholarships and Financial Awards

You may also qualify for a scholarship or financial award:


For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter.  For further information see:


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

Our Research degrees usually start in February and October each year. There is no official deadline for you to submit your application, though we recommend you submit it as early as possible in order to ensure we can help you join us at your preferred time.

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, applications must include:

  • 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.

For more information on your proposal and application:

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