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Infomation & Communication Studies - Research

Our School has a strong transdisciplinary research base with expertise in applications, behaviours, design, management, methods and theory across Information and Communication studies. Our research covers a wide range of topics from human-computer interaction to data studies, digital media and digital curation to information governance and ethics, generating significant international and interdisciplinary collaboration and funding.

The UCD School of Information and Communication Studies doctoral programme aims to provide an environment that enables creative, energetic, and internally motivated students to complete original research that makes a substantial contribution to knowledge related to information, communication, and/or library science. The Doctor of Philosophy in Information and Communication Studies achieves this by providing students the flexibility to select relevant modules to their field of study and work with research active supervisors in the field.

Entry requirements

a. A minimum 2.1 primary degree (GPA greater than 3.08) in any field of study*; OR
b. A minimum 2.1 (GPA greater than 3.08)master's degree in information science, library science, communication studies or a related field.

For non-native English speakers, an English language certificate is required: IELTS overall score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each section.

*If an applicant does not hold a master's degree, they will be required to enter the PhD programme via the MLitt programme and will be provided the option of advancing to stage two of the PhD programme after successful completion of a Transfer Assessment Panel (TAP). Only applicants who meet the master's degree requirement will be considered for funding.

Duration

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

Further enquiries

The School Office (room 114) Newman Building, first floor, C block

Claire Nolan,
School administrator for the school office
T: +353 1 716 8360
E: claire.nolan@ucd.ie

Application date

The online application system opens in February each year

Although you may submit at any time, applications are not reviewed until after the May 1st deadline (if you are applying for the UCD China Scholarship Scheme or other schemes the deadlines are usually much earlier- please contact the PhD Coordinator or UCD Graduate studies). We will attempt to notify you about the outcome of your application as soon as possible. After your application is preliminarily reviewed, you may or may not be asked to complete a Skype interview, to provide the application committee with more information. An interview does not mean you are or are not more likely to be accepted to the programme, it is just a way to gather more information about your application.

If you have further questions please contact the PhD coordinator: amber.cushing@ucd.ie

Research areas

Our Research Topics −

Digital Curation and Digital Heritage
Qualitative user requirements analysis and usability evaluation of information systems, documentation methods for user requirements and usability evaluation.
Researchers: Professor Kalpana Shankar, Dr Amber Cushing, Dr Judith Wusteman

Project Links: Social Science Data Archives: History and Sustainability

Information and Digital Literacy
Information literacy and digital literacy are distinct, yet overlapping concepts, which encompass a broad spectrum of skills, practices, attributes and behaviours, in personal, professional, educational and everyday life situations, and across multiple cultural, social and political contexts.
Researchers: Associate Professor Crystal Fulton, Dr Claire McGuinness, Dr Bahareh Heravi

Human Computer Interaction
Our school researches the role that the users play in the design and impact of new technology. In particular our work focuses on how technology impacts users behaviours and attitudes as well as how to design technology to better suit the user.
Researchers: Dr Benjamin Cowan, Dr Judith Wusteman, Dr Marguerite Barry

Communication and Technology
‌The school conducts a significant amount of research on how technology shapes how we communicate with each other, as well as how we communicate with a number of language based devices.

Researchers: Dr Benjamin Cowan, Dr Marguerite Barry Dr Bahareh Heravi

Scholarly Communication and Research Evaluation
Scholarly Communication and Research Evaluation explores the use of bibliometrics, data, peer review processes, and funding models in relation to research practices and research policies in universities, funding agencies, and research councils. Ethnographic, qualitative, and mixed methods are used to inquire the complexity of the dynamic interrelationship between research practices and research evaluation.
Researchers: Professor Kalpana Shankar, Dr Lai Ma

Critical Information Studies
Critical Information Studies examines information-related phenomena from a critico-social perspective. This research approach can be used to study a wide range of topics, including philosophy of information, culture and communication, information infrastructures, and so on. Conceptual and historical analyses are the primary apparatuses in this approach.
Researchers: Dr Lai Ma, Dr Marguerite Barry

Information Behaviour
Information behaviour explores the multiple ways in which we interact with information, including finding, evaluating, communicating, organising, creating, utilising (or not using) information in a variety of contexts, such as our leisure, everyday, and work lives. Research in this field encompasses cognitive, affective, physical, and technological factors, as well as passive and active approaches to information among individuals and groups of people.
Researchers: Associate Professor Crystal Fulton, Dr Claire McGuinness

Data Journalism
Data Journalism uses Social Science, Information Science and Data Analytics techniques in conjunction with journalism and storytelling to find and produce compelling data-driven stories.
Researcher: Dr Bahareh Heravi

Information and Media
Data storytelling, data driven communication, information design, social media research, socio political aspects of information and media studies.
Researcher: Dr Bahareh Heravi

Enrolment and start dates

Start date: To be agreed with School.

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