14 PhD Programs in Communication

Communication is an interdisciplinary field that examines humanistic and behavioral approaches to communication. Because it is interdisciplinary, students from many different professional and academic backgrounds pursue a Communication PhD degree. Students of the Communication PhD  program demonstrate their curiosity about how communication and the exchange of information works, cul… Read more

Communication is an interdisciplinary field that examines humanistic and behavioral approaches to communication. Because it is interdisciplinary, students from many different professional and academic backgrounds pursue a Communication PhD degree. Students of the Communication PhD  program demonstrate their curiosity about how communication and the exchange of information works, cultural symbols and the statements they make, and their ability to conduct quality research. 

A Communication PhD is a social science, requiring intensive research of the processes and effects of communication. Many graduates holding a Communication PhD go on to careers in academia, research, or communication related positions where strong research skills are required.

A Communication PhD program requires curriculum in the core courses of statistics, communication theory, and empirical methods as well as courses in a specialization area. Some examples of specialization areas are law, ethics, online communities, politics, youth, and information technology. Communication PhD programs may also include seminars, projects, and some may require candidates to teach. After developing a specialization area and conducting intensive research, students must complete a dissertation to be defended in front of a panel of experts in the field.

If a Communication PhD sound of interest to you, then take a look through the options below and you may find the program for you!

Read less
Other options within this field of study: 
European College for Liberal Studies
Barcelona , Spain + 5 More

Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy in Communication Studies (60 credits)

Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy in Communication Studies (60 credits) -
PhD
Full-time
2 years
English
October 2020
Campus
 
IUMW - International University of Malaya-Wales
Kuala Lumpur , Malaysia

The research in the PhD programme is an in-depth investigation of specific research issues related to a professional communication discipline with the aim of enhancing and con ... +

The research in the PhD programme is an in-depth investigation of specific research issues related to a professional communication discipline with the aim of enhancing and contributing to new knowledge in that discipline. -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
English
February 2020
Campus
 
University of New York in Prague (UNYP)
Prague , Czech Republic

Ph.D. based publishing is a doctoral academic degree, which is very similar to the traditional curricular doctorate program, but also takes into account research activities wi ... +

Ph.D. based publishing is a doctoral academic degree, which is very similar to the traditional curricular doctorate program, but also takes into account research activities within the business and academic organizations, which leads to new results and findings. Ph.D. program offers the British University of Bolton in collaboration with the University of New York in Prague. -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
English
01 Sep 2020
Campus
 
Pontificia Universidad Javeriana
Bogotá , Colombia + 1 More

The Doctorate in Communication, Languages and Information offered by the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana is an advanced research platform, of inter and transdisciplinary natu ... +

The Doctorate in Communication, Languages and Information offered by the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana is an advanced research platform, of inter and transdisciplinary nature, at the confluence of communication, languages and information. Three areas of work feed the program: Communication, Languages and Interculturality; Information, Technology and Society and Sociohistorical Studies of Media, Communication and Languages. It addresses problems of great complexity and social relevance, underlying a society highly mediated by technology and the deep imbrication of communication, languages and information with cultural diversity, from a critical and historical perspective. It offers a solid and diverse training in contemporary research methodologies in the social sciences. It contemplates the modality of doctoral thesis in investigation-creation. -
PhD
Full-time
8 semesters
Spanish
January 2020
Campus
 
University of Johannesburg
Johannesburg , South Africa

The Doctoral study programme comprises a thesis that makes an original contribution to the field of Audiovisual Communication on a topic selected in consultation with the Depa ... +

The Doctoral study programme comprises a thesis that makes an original contribution to the field of Audiovisual Communication on a topic selected in consultation with the Departmental Chairperson. A maximum of four advanced seminars on relevant aspects of the topic of study and an oral examination (the equivalent of two papers each consisting of four modules) as prescribed in the General Regulation book are required. A research article that is suitable for publication in an academic journal is required. -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
English
January 2020
Campus
 
Faculty of Humanities, Charles University
Prague 5 , Czech Republic

The Doctoral program Semiotics and Communications Philosophy provides the demanding training necessary for qualified philosophical and semiotic research into communication, it ... +

The Doctoral program Semiotics and Communications Philosophy provides the demanding training necessary for qualified philosophical and semiotic research into communication, its evolution, changes and relationships with other social spheres. The field of study is interdisciplinary. The intent is to study communication strategies, their social assumptions, and their effects. The field is conceived theoretically but the graduate may also have access to practical processes because it helps to better understand the role of semiosis in the process of mass media communication. Students are encouraged to build on the traditional lines of exploration of both world and Czech semiotics and communication philosophy to acquire the latest theoretical knowledge and to develop them creatively. -
PhD
Online & Campus Combined
Full-time
4 years
French, English
October 2020
30 Apr 2019
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
Universidade da Coruña
A Coruña , Spain + 9 More

The Doctoral Program in Information and Communication Technologies was given for the first time in 2000/2001, coinciding with the creation of the University Department with th ... +

The Doctoral Program in Information and Communication Technologies was given for the first time in 2000/2001, coinciding with the creation of the University Department with the same name. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
Spanish
September 2020
Campus
 
Harbin Engineering University (HEU)
Harbin , China

This Communication and Information System discipline is a site conferring Doctor degree. More than 200 papers are published and over 50 of them were indexed by SCI、EI and ISTP ... +

This Communication and Information System discipline is a site conferring Doctor degree. More than 200 papers are published and over 50 of them were indexed by SCI、EI and ISTP ... -
PhD
Full-time
English
September 2020
Campus
 
L’Université Catholique Du Congo
Kinshasa , Congo, DR

At the postgraduate level, students can acquire the degrees of Advanced Studies, Doctor and Higher Education Colleges.

At the postgraduate level, students can acquire the degrees of Advanced Studies, Doctor and Higher Education Colleges. -
PhD
Full-time
French
February 2020
Campus
 
ESPM
São Paulo , Brazil + 6 More

The Stricto Sensu Post-Graduation Program in Communication and Consumer Practices of ESPM (PPGCOM ESPM) began in 2006 with the academic Master's course and had the Doctorate c ... +

The Stricto Sensu Post-Graduation Program in Communication and Consumer Practices of ESPM (PPGCOM ESPM) began in 2006 with the academic Master's course and had the Doctorate course approved in 2012. Its objective is to train high level teachers and researchers, with national and international competence, able to execute and lead research, orientation and teaching activities in the area of ​​communication and consumption. Its faculty and student have intellectual production evaluated to a maximum degree by CAPES. -
PhD
Part-time
Portuguese
March 2020
Campus
 
University of Johannesburg
Johannesburg , South Africa

The purpose of this programme is to explore a wide range of forms of human communication from a variety of perspectives that connect the local and the global and are rooted in ... +

The purpose of this programme is to explore a wide range of forms of human communication from a variety of perspectives that connect the local and the global and are rooted in African contexts and experiences. As an inherently interdisciplinary and flexible programme, the MA in Communication Studies intersects a multiplicity of fields and areas in the humanities and social sciences and offers an opportunity to explore their complementarity and interconnectedness. -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
English
January 2020
Campus
 
University of Johannesburg
Johannesburg , South Africa

The doctorate in Corporate Communication is designed to develop highly specialized and in-depth theoretical, professional and research skills within the disciplines of Corpora ... +

The doctorate in Corporate Communication is designed to develop highly specialized and in-depth theoretical, professional and research skills within the disciplines of Corporate Communication and Communication. The qualification is designed to facilitate professional role enactment in highly specialized and unpredictable communication contexts and to acquire the ability to respond to abstract problems that expand and redefine existing corporate communication knowledge. -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
English
January 2020
Campus
 
University of Johannesburg
Johannesburg , South Africa

The Doctoral study programme comprises a thesis that makes an original contribution to Marketing Communication on a topic selected in consultation with the Departmental Chairp ... +

The Doctoral study programme comprises a thesis that makes an original contribution to Marketing Communication on a topic selected in consultation with the Departmental Chairperson. A maximum of four advanced seminars on relevant aspects of the topic of study, and an oral examination (the equivalent of two papers each consisting of four modules) as prescribed in the General Regulation book. A research article that is suitable for publication in an academic journal is required. -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
English
January 2020
Campus
 
Universidade da Coruña
A Coruña , Spain + 9 More

This PhD Program is organized by the University of A Coruña with the collaboration of professors from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Within the new regulations (RD 99/ ... +

This PhD Program is organized by the University of A Coruña with the collaboration of professors from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Within the new regulations (RD 99/2011), the Program is directed towards research, development and innovation (R & D & I) in three main thematic areas: Documentation Sciences, Communication Sciences and the Humanities. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
3 years
Spanish
September 2020
Campus