PhD in Information Studies

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
  • builds national and international visibility of information studies from a research perspective


Students develop expertise in the broad research area of human-information interaction and the core research areas human-computer interaction, information behaviour & services, and information & knowledge management, while also developing an awareness of the research areas' 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 more information on faculty 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

Canadian and international guest speakers present research seminars 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 can be found on the Student Resources pages, where you'll find information on student groups, financial awards and aid, specialized library services, services for new students, and more.


For questions concerning Contact
Admissions requirements, application process, general administrative matters, & course registration Sophia Germond, Student Affairs Coordinator: admissions.sis [at]
Program structure, academic matters, & research funding Graduate Program Director 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.

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