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A PhD is an advanced degree to follow undergraduate or graduate coursework, and is typically the highest level of education a student can achieve. PhD programs usually require significant and original research in a field of study, as well as the completion of a dissertation or thesis.

What is a PhD in Journalism and Mass Communication? A PhD in Journalism and Mass Communication is an advanced degree in the field of communications. Many programs require professional journalism or media experience in addition to undergraduate and graduate degrees in communications or a related field. Courses can include topics like mass communication theory, foundations in mass communication research, and mass communication research methodology.

A PhD in Journalism and Mass Communication provides graduates with a number of skills valuable to future employers including strong written and verbal communications skills. Additionally, information-gathering abilities and critical-thinking skills are useful in a variety of professions and in one’s daily life.

The total cost of obtaining a PhD can vary. Factors that influence costs include location of the school, length of study, and the type of program. Researching programs costs before applying can help assure prospective students of a good fit.

A PhD in Journalism and Mass Communication prepares graduates for a career in mass communication and journalism education, but is also useful in a variety of related fields. Graduates may be a good fit for positions like communications director, press secretary, public affairs officer, media relations officer, advertising executive, or for research positions. Additional skills allow graduates to work in a variety of professions in the public, nonprofit, and private sectors. 

PhD programs are available full-time and part-time, and many programs include the option to take courses online in addition to in-person. Programs are available around the world. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

 

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24 Results in Journalism and Mass Communication

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Department of English

This scheme gives students from around the world the opportunity to study for a PhD in one of Hong Kong’s highly ranked universities. ... [+]

This scheme gives students from around the world the opportunity to study for a PhD in one of Hong Kong’s highly ranked universities. If you are interested in conducting cutting-edge research in one of the following areas, PolyU’s renowned Department of English is the place for you:

Language and Professional Communication Linguistics, English Language and Systemic Functional Linguistics Language Teaching and Learning Media and Communication Area Studies and Intercultural Communication

Key features of the Fellowship Scheme

Monthly stipend of HK$20,000 (approximately US$2,600) The annual conference and research-related travel allowance of HK$10,000 (approximately US$1,300) for 3 years Tuition scholarship and guaranteed hall accommodation in the first year for PolyU awardees The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) ... [-]
Hong Kong
September 2019
Full-time
3 years
Campus
European College for Liberal Studies

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

Our postgraduate programs, each with different program requirements, are based on and are fully compatible with the established European and American educational systems. The European guidelines for higher education are outlined in the Bologna agreements. Once a minimum number of credits has been earned, a request for graduation can be submitted. Postgraduate programs are advanced academic programs for college and university graduates, as well as for working professionals wishing to pursue a progressive career in the field of communication and liberal arts. The college’s truly global community provides ample opportunities for students to pursue academic topics of interest and research with an emphasis on globalization, communication and higher education. Not all programs are offered at all campuses.... [-]

Spain Barcelona Belgium Brussels Madrid Switzerland Zürich Japan Tokyo Antwerp  + 6 More
September 2019
Full-time
2 years
Campus
Corvinus University of Budapest, Faculty of Social Sciences and International Relations

Communication allows individuals and organizations to conceive, recognize and comprehend their own sociocultural environment. The sociocultural environment of human socia ... [+]

Ph.D. in Communication and Media Science

Duration of training in semesters: 8 academic semesters

Number of credits to be achieved in the frame of the program: 240 ECTS

Communication allows individuals and organizations to conceive, recognize and comprehend their own sociocultural environment. The sociocultural environment of human social-cultural existence consists in patterns in the utilization of symbols. Our program in English combines theories, methods, and paradigms of sociology, communication and media studies, cultural studies, social psychology, and historical social sciences. We put emphasis and strongly encourage critical, global and interdisciplinary works; thereby the School is planned to be part of the international network of knowledge production.... [-]

Hungary Budapest
September 2019
Full-time
8 semesters
Campus
Texas Tech University Worldwide eLearning

Texas Tech University's online Doctor of Philosophy in Technical Communication and Rhetoric (TCR) students will learn and practice the methodologies for conducting resear ... [+]

Doctor of Philosophy in Technical Communication & Rhetoric

Texas Tech University's online Doctor of Philosophy in Technical Communication and Rhetoric (TCR) students will learn and practice the methodologies for conducting research in technical communication and rhetoric, as well as gain experience creating online and one-page documents using visual and written communication. The program provides a broad approach to technical communication, offering classes in areas such as editing, design, rhetorical theory, online documentation, publications management, and usability testing.

Purpose of Degree Program

The Ph.D. qualifies people to conduct independent research by various methods and thus to contribute to knowledge. The Ph.D. is usually a qualification for a professorial position in a university. The aims of the study are broad knowledge of the literature on technical communication and rhetoric, specialized knowledge of some aspect of technical communication or rhetoric as reflected in the dissertation research, and ability to conduct ongoing independent research using one or more methods.... [-]

USA USA Online
September 2019
Full-time
60 hours
Online
University of Kent, School of Engineering and Digital Arts

The School conducts high-quality significant national and international research and offers excellent opportunities for graduate studies, successfully combining modern en ... [+]

There is particular strength in web design and development, including e-commerce, e-learning, e-health; and the group has substantial experience in interaction design (e.g, Usability and accessibility), social computing (e.g, Social networking, computer-mediated communication), mobile technology (e.g, iPhone), virtual worlds (e.g, Second Life) and video games. In the area of time-based media, the group has a substantial interest in digital film capture and editing, and manipulation on to fully animated 3D modelling techniques as used in games and feature films.

Study support Postgraduate resources Research students in Digital Media work in a dedicated, state-of-the-art studio, equipped with leading-edge MACs and PC workstations, running industry standard software. There is also a photographic studio and a production studio with green screen and motion capture facilities. The School is also equipped with a 3D body scanner – one of only two in the UK. Support As a postgraduate student, you are part of a thriving research community and receive support through a wide-ranging programme of individual supervision, specialised research seminars, general skills training programmes, and general departmental colloquia, usually with external speakers. We encourage you to attend and present your work at major conferences, as well as taking part in our internal conference and seminar programmes. Research areas ... [-]
United Kingdom Canterbury
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
3 - 6 years
Campus
IUMW - International University of Malaya-Wales

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 an ... [+]

At IUMW, our main business is providing you with quality and globally relevant education in Professional Communication. Our Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programme is aimed prepare students for a career as an academic or a researcher in the public or private sector. It is a sign of expert knowledge, power, and limitless opportunities. Students are expected to have strong theoretical and research methodological foundations and be able to conduct their research fairly independently.

Our PhD programme also is designed to mold students into more than just an expert in their field. It is mean to nurture students into becoming the catalyst of human development for the betterment of mankind through groundbreaking ideas, analytical skills and the power of knowledge.... [-]

Malaysia Kuala Lumpur
June 2019
Full-time
3 years
Campus
University of Johannesburg

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 root ... [+]

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.

This qualification provides students the opportunity to master the art of independent studies by writing a research thesis under the supervision of a senior researcher. The focus of the dissertation is based on the proposal submitted by the student and decided upon jointly with the supervisor(s).... [-]

South Africa Johannesburg
February 2019
Full-time
3 years
Campus
L’Université Catholique Du Congo

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

The aim of the Faculty of Social Communications is to train both scientifically competent communication professionals and men who are aware and ready to engage and integrate the message of the Gospel into the new culture created by the means of Modern communication (...) with new languages, new techniques and new behaviors (see John Paul II, Redemptoris missio, 37), to identify what benefits and dangers this culture could present for African identity and values.

In order to achieve its objectives, the Faculty offers its students theoretical, practical and human training through its rich teaching, laboratories and professionalization studios, numerous workshops, seminars and conferences; A training program that aims to have its graduates carry out the following tasks:... [-]

Congo, DR Kinshasa
February 2019
Full-time
Campus
SOAS University of London

The Centre for Film and Screen Studies invites applications for disciplinary and interdisciplinary research in Film and Screen Studies with particular reference to Africa ... [+]

Research Degrees in Film Studies

The Centre for Film and Screen Studies invites applications for disciplinary and interdisciplinary research in Film and Screen Studies with particular reference to Africa, Asia and the Near and Middle East. The Centre’s geographical focus on film/screen industries and movements beyond the dominant Western ‘global’ Hollywood and European economies of production, distribution, and exhibition, makes the Centre unique in its approach. We are also keen to promote research on the transnational, transcultural and multi-media nature of the image in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

In a ‘global’ industry, film and media scholars and practitioners are increasingly recognizing the need for a move toward the study of image cultures and industries beyond the historical hegemonies of the European and Hollywood industries. The range of expertise in non-Western film/screen studies and cultures offered at SOAS provides a unique opportunity to respond and contribute to current critical and theoretical debates in these disciplines by providing a vibrant intellectual home for research students with an interest in film and screen studies.... [-]

United Kingdom London Singapore
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
3 years
Campus
Faculty of Humanities, Charles University

The Doctoral program Semiotics and Communications Philosophy provides the demanding training necessary for qualified philosophical and semiotic research into communicatio ... [+]

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.... [-]

Czech Republic Prague 5
October 2019
Full-time
4 years
Campus
Online & Campus Combined
Universidade da Coruña

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 wi ... [+]

Introduction

The Programme Doctorate in Information and Communication Technologies Was given for the first time in the course 2000/2001, coinciding with the creation of the University Department with the same name. The areas of knowledge of the Department are Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence and Telematics Engineering, which determine the basic contents of the program. Since its inception, the doctoral program has been oriented to research in these subject areas, with a large number of applications, surpassing demand year after year to the places offered.

The development of the call by an "Information Society" and by others "Knowledge Society", has made the computer and telecommunications sector one of the most active, with the highest growth and specific weight on the indicators Macroeconomic indicators of all advanced countries.... [-]

Spain A Coruña Ferrol
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
Campus
University of Nicosia

With strengths across the fields of Media and Communication, the Department of Communications offers aspirant researchers and accomplished professionals a strong platform ... [+]

Duration (years): 3 Qualification Awarded: Media and Communication (PhD, 3 years) Level of Qualification: 3rd Cycle ( Doctorate) The language of Instruction: The programme is offered in both English and Greek. Mode of Study: Full time / Part-time Minimum ECTS Credits: 180 Profile of the Programme

With strengths across the fields of Media and Communication, the Department of Communications offers aspirant researchers and accomplished professionals a strong platform to develop both their academic interests and their career. The Department aims to provide an inspiring and vibrant environment for postgraduate research, to support the development of research and presentation skills, and to respond to the academic needs of our students. We create opportunities for interdisciplinary interaction and we pride ourselves on helping our students to extend their professional networks by organizing conferences, seminars, and events that aim to establish close links with the media industry and the local and international academic community. The members of the Department of Communications are actively engaged in challenging projects and publications, and in a broad range of extracurricular activities such as: creative media projects, organisation of media-related festivals and other cultural events; professional training and consultancies in a variety of fields such as Media Literacy and Education, Digital Media and Learning, Film Policy, Community Media, Transmedia and Digital Storytelling and Social Media Management.... [-]

Cyprus Nicosia
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
3 years
Campus
Open University Of Cyprus

The doctoral program "Information and Communication Systems" has as main mission the research on issues related to Information and Communication Systems. ... [+]

The PhD program "Information and Communication Systems" Of the Open University of Cyprus offers a limited number of positions for the Ph.D. dissertation.

Purpose of the Program

The PhD program "Information and Communication Systems" has as its main mission the research on issues related to Information and Communication Systems.

Research Areas / Admission Requirements

For the Academic Year 2017-2018 up to two places will be offered in the subject:

1.Communication / Artificial Intelligence with emphasis on the following topics:

Mechanical learning and computational learning theory Reason of common sense and formal argumentation Mechanical reading and understanding of natural language and stories Develop smart applications on mobile devices ... [-]
Cyprus Cyprus Online
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
3 - 8 years
Online
San Jorge University / Fundacion Universidad San Jorge

The Doctorate aims to develop the skills and competencies necessary to successfully carry out a strong research activity in the field of communication. The objectives of ... [+]

The Doctorate aims to develop the skills and competencies necessary to successfully carry out a strong research activity in the field of communication. The objectives of the PhD program in Communication are the training of researchers in the own scientific field, the transmission of scientific advances, learning theories and techniques of specialized research and professional development of graduates in the different branches of the Communication.

Lines of investigation

audiovisual communication and audiovisual media. institutional and corporate communication. intercultural communication political communication newspaper design. communicative company. Journalistic genres and formats. History of Communication. Advertising: creativity, media, processes. Dirigido a: ... [-]
Spain Zaragoza
September 2019
Campus
ESPM

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 Doctor ... [+]

Program Information

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.

Differential and Approach

The differential of the program is the researched theme: it is the first and only Brazilian PPGCOM entirely dedicated to the study of the interface between communication and consumption and the relations articulated to it. The critical analysis of mass society and consumption, media cultures and capital narratives, includes the study of classical theories and the discussion of contemporary approaches. PPGCOM's priority is the promotion of an intellectual environment committed to the national and international scientific agenda and to the development of Brazilian society.... [-]

Brazil São Paulo
March 2019
Part-time
Campus