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20 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!

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University of New York in Prague (UNYP)
Prague, Czech Republic

A Ph.D. by research is similar to a conventional Ph.D. but recognizes research work carried out by entrepreneurial companies and academic organizations that lead to novel and ... +

A Ph.D. by research is similar to a conventional Ph.D. but recognizes research work carried out by entrepreneurial companies and academic organizations that lead to novel and publishable results. A UNYP Ph.D. by research usually requires a minimum of three years, during which time there should be three publications, in literature approved by the University of Bolton. These publications should be in relation to the student's thesis and area of expertise and should develop the student’s knowledge of the subject. The award of this Ph.D. is based purely on these three published works and as such rewards on-going activities rather than additional work. -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
English
Sep 2022
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
Universidade Santiago de Compostela
Santiago de Compostela, Spain

The Doctorate in Contemporary Communication and Information offers university training with a high level of specialization to meet the academic and scientific needs derived fr ... +

The Doctorate in Contemporary Communication and Information offers university training with a high level of specialization to meet the academic and scientific needs derived from the different lines of research related to Journalism and Audiovisual Communication. -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
Spanish, Gallegan
Oct 2022
Campus
 
Selinus University of Science and Literature
London, United Kingdom +1 More

A research thesis in this PhD programme should develop and deepen recent and innovative marketing strategies and concepts, including social media and the Internet, that help u ... +

A research thesis in this PhD programme should develop and deepen recent and innovative marketing strategies and concepts, including social media and the Internet, that help us to improve strategies to stay in touch with customers. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
English, Italian
Online
 

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CATOLICA - Faculty of Human Sciences
Lisbon, Portugal

Questions around communication, its relationships with the social, political, cultural, and economic spheres, have acquired crucial importance in recent decades and driving a ... +

Questions around communication, its relationships with the social, political, cultural, and economic spheres, have acquired crucial importance in recent decades and driving a highly significant expansion in the interest and relevance of research undertaken in the field of the Communication Sciences. In parallel, changes in interpersonal, intergroup, and public communications practices, which have come to impact on contemporary societies, have driven the still greater relevance of educating and training highly qualified specialists able to develop fundamental and applied research projects correspondingly able to reply to the different communications challenges prevailing and expanding our knowledge about communication across its most diverse and different facets. -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
English
Sep 2022
Campus
 
European College for Liberal Studies
Barcelona, Spain +8 More

Upon successful completion of the study program students receive an international private Doctor of Philosophy in Management (Ph.D.) in Communication Studies degree awarded by ... +

Upon successful completion of the study program students receive an international private Doctor of Philosophy in Management (Ph.D.) in Communication Studies degree awarded by the school's headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, based on the recommendation of the faculty of the local campuses where credits were earned. -
PhD
Full-time
2 years
English
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca
Lucca, Italy

The objective of the PhD program in “Management of Digital Transformation” (MDT) is to train a new executive class to respond to the management needs of digital transition pro ... +

The objective of the PhD program in “Management of Digital Transformation” (MDT) is to train a new executive class to respond to the management needs of digital transition processes. -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
English
Dec 2022
Campus
 
University of Johannesburg
Johannesburg, South Africa

The purpose of this program 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 A ... +

The purpose of this program 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 program, 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
Feb 2023
31 Oct 2022
Campus
 
Corvinus University of Budapest
Budapest, Hungary

The objective of the Doctoral School of Social Communication operating since 2012 is the examination of issues of theoretical and applied communication, the clarification of t ... +

The objective of the Doctoral School of Social Communication operating since 2012 is the examination of issues of theoretical and applied communication, the clarification of the notion of communication, its role in society and its theoretical context, as well as the exploration of the sociological, socio/psychological, cultural, anthropological and ethological aspects of communication. -
PhD
Full-time
4 semesters
English
Sep 2022
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
Campus
 
Indiana University of Pennsylvania College of Education and Communications
Indiana, USA

Designed for both full- or part-time students, the program offers a mix of options that enables students to fully participate in the cohort model. The program is offered in a ... +

Designed for both full- or part-time students, the program offers a mix of options that enables students to fully participate in the cohort model. The program is offered in a weekend-based format with class meetings six times a semester. This includes a hybrid delivery model that merges online and face-to-face sessions. The program offers both full- and part-time options. This mix provides the supportive environment of a cohort model for all students while allowing a wider range of interactions with other students in the program. -
PhD
English
Campus
 
University of Miami School of Communication
Coral Gables, USA

Collaborate across content and creative areas, methodological orientations, and platforms of expression for engaged scholarship and immersive experience, globally and locally. ... +

Collaborate across content and creative areas, methodological orientations, and platforms of expression for engaged scholarship and immersive experience, globally and locally. The School of Communication's doctoral program at the University of Miami will prepare you for careers in higher education, non-profits, and business. -
PhD
English
Campus