PhD in Information Studies

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The PhD in Information Studies provides an opportunity for exceptional candidates to study interdisciplinary research topics at the doctoral level.

The program aims to ensure that its graduates will be able to develop knowledge and critical awareness of relevant theories, principles and methods in information studies and to acquire the expertise to conduct and promote scholarly research in the context of information studies.

The PhD program prepares graduates for research, teaching, and senior administrative positions in Quebec, Canada and internationally, contributes to the development of knowledge and to teaching/learning in information studies and builds national and international visibility of information studies from a research perspective.

Where are our PhD graduates working?


Students develop scholarly and innovative expertise in the broad research area of human-information interaction (HII) and the core research areas human-computer interaction, information behaviour & services, and information & knowledge management, also developing an awareness of their interconnections.

Students begin with a set of common core courses and proceed to specialization through advanced course work and dissertation topics focused on areas of expertise supported by research interests of faculty members. View the School's Research page for links to research areas, facilities, and publications. For research areas of current PhD students, visit the PhD Students page. For completed theses, visit the PhD Theses page.

Research Seminars

Research seminars are presented at the School by Canadian and international guest speakers throughout the year. The series offers a valuable opportunity for PhD students to learn about current research topics and developments in the field of library and information studies.

Current students

View our current PhD students here.

Information for current students is found in the PhD handbook and on the Current Students pages, where you'll find information on student groups, awards and aid, the SIS Wiki, specialized library services, services for new students and more.


For questions concerning Contact
Admissions requirements, application process, general administrative matters, & course registration Ms. Kathryn Hubbard, Administrative & Student Affairs Coordinator: admissions.sis [at]
Program structure, academic matters, & research funding Dr. Catherine Guastavino, Program Director (PhD): gpdp.sis [at]


Further information, including links to general university information and regulations may be found on the McGill eCalendar PhD in Information Studies page.