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Infomation & Communication Studies - Research

The School’s research is highly interdisciplinary. It has a strong base in theories from across the disciplines, uses both qualitative and quantitative research methods and is interdisciplinary in its research outputs. Individual staff members have strong formal and informal links with academics in other disciplines (e.g. anthropology, computer science, philosophy and psychology, cultural heritage, business studies) as well as backgrounds that relate to these disciplines. A sample of the current and ongoing research projects in the school may be explored via the links below.

Entry requirements

Candidates for the PhD are usually registered first as MLitt students within the UCD College of Human Sciences structured postgraduate research programme, and their registration is changed later if appropriate.

Those interested in these programmes should note that it is likely that the School will want to discuss your research plans with you in some detail before advising you to make a formal application. We have to ensure that your proposal is viable and that there are supervisors available who are competent to supervise research in your proposed area of study.

Anyone interested in applying to undertake a MLitt or PhD at UCD SILS should contact Dr. Norman Makoto Su, the Director of the MA, MLitt and PhD Programmes.

If English is not your native language, you will need to fulfill UCD's language requirements (e.g., through the TOEFL exam).


Information & Communication Studies (W118/W321) MLitt Research 2 Years FT / PT
Information & Communication Studies (W139/W140) PhD Research 3 Years FT / 6 Years PT

Further enquiries

Dr. Norman Makoto Su
Post Doctoral Research Fellow
School Of Information & Library Studies
James Joyce Library Building
Dublin 4
Tel: +353 1 7167660

Subjects taught

Current Research Activity

The school houses faculty with expertise in open data, digital archives, information behaviour, human-computer interaction, informatics, digital curation, theoretical foundations of information science, issues in information profession and social media and society. Currently the research strategy of the school is one that focuses on bottom-up development of areas of research.

Social Science Data Archives: History and Sustainability +

Playing Social Roulette: The Impact of Gambling on Individuals and Society in Ireland +

User Requirements Analysis for the Nation, Genre and Gender Project +

Usability Evaluation of Digital Edition of Letters of 1916 Project +

Authority and Responsibility in the Digital Age +

Scholarly Communication and Practices in the World of Metrics: A Critical Study +

Seeking the Perfect Blend: Creating Innovative Digital Learning Spaces in ICS. +

Partner Modeling in Human-Computer Dialogue +

EastAR Rising; Mobile Walking Tour App for the 1916 Easter Rising sites in Dublin +

Digital Curation Needs Analysis in Ireland +

Visualization, Media, Digital Humanities and Preservation: Developing Curation ready Projects


Students on this programme complete a number of advanced modules and can also avail of research skills workshops. They then undertake a dissertation, which would be an original contribution to research in the field of Information and Library Studies.

Research areas

Research themes and expertise in the School of Information and Library Studies are:
• Information behaviour
• Information and society
• Information management and digital libraries
• Information sharing and collaboration

Examples of modules offered by the Graduate School in the College of Human Sciences (to which the School of Information and Library Studies belongs) include:
• Introduction to statistics and quantitative research methods
• Paradigms of social enquiry
• Research design in the social sciences
• Workshops on methods for qualitative research

Modules offered can vary from year to year. To see the modules that are currently on offer, look at:

Please see the web pages from the Graduate School in the College of Human Sciences for prospective graduate students:

Enrolment and start dates

Start date: To be agreed with School.

Remember to mention gradireland when contacting institutions!