PhD in Media and Communication
This Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) research degree will provide the framework, the focus and the discipline necessary to conduct speculative inquiry in the field of media and communication.
RMIT places high value on research in this field. It is committed to producing knowledge that is socially, academically, professionally and industry relevant.
Researchers and postgraduates in this field are involved in a diverse number of projects funded by the Australian Research Council, philanthropic and commercial bodies. Key researchers are drawn from a variety of research backgrounds.
Individually supervised research programs are available in areas such as:
- digital ethnography
- communication design
- cinema studies
- cultural studies
- creative writing
- screen production.
You should visit the School of Media and Communication Higher degrees by research page to develop your proposal in relation to the existing research groups, centres and labs.
The Doctor of Philosophy may be undertaken in a project, thesis by publication or thesis mode. You should discuss these modes of submission with your potential supervisor/s prior to application.
Upon graduation you will have developed:
high-level skills in research processes, analysis and synthesis of knowledge related to specific disciplines
high-level communication skills.
Learning and teaching
Time spent on research
Full-time candidates are expected to commit at least four days per week (or at least two days per week for part-time candidates) to their research. The academic year is 48 weeks.
Regular contact with your supervisor
A schedule of meetings with your supervisor/s must be established to assess progress against milestones and timely completion.
Resources, facilities and support
You will have access to online resources through the myRMIT student portal. You will be part of an active research community and have access to resources and workshops to help you succeed.
As an applicant for the Doctor of Philosophy you must have:
- a degree of Masters by Research from RMIT; or
- a degree of Masters by Coursework from RMIT which includes a research program with a duration of at least one semester full-time (or part-time equivalent); or
- a degree of Bachelor from RMIT with a minimum upper second honours; or
- another award as deemed equivalent; or
- such qualifications or experience as RMIT considers appropriate; or
- current candidature for an RMIT Masters program approved for transfer to the Doctor of Philosophy program.
These entrance requirements are the minimum academic standard you must meet in order to be eligible to apply for the program. You will need to complete a selection task as part of your application.
The School of Media and Communication does not accept applications to its research programs before a potential applicant has satisfied a Pre-application Process, which should be completed before lodging a formal application with RMIT’s School of Graduate Research, or with RMIT International.
English language requirements:
To undertake most research programs at RMIT, you must have achieved one of the following English proficiency test results within the last 2 years:
- Academic IELTS (minimum score) overall band of 6.5 with no individual band below 6.0
- TOEFL (Paper-based): minimum score of 580 (with a Test of Written English (TWE) score of 4.5)
- TOEFL (Internet-based): minimum score of 92 with a minimum of 20 in each section
- Cambridge English (Advanced CAE): CAE Grade B (no band less than Good)
- Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic): minimum score of 58 (no band less than 50)
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