Ph.D. (Communication)

The Department of Communication offers:

  • A full-time Ph.D programme: Open to all MA (Mass Communication & Journalism, Communication & MCJ) graduates with NET (JRF) qualification. The full-time programme requires students to stay on the campus and complete their research within five years.
  • A part-time Ph.D programme: Open to all MA (Mass Communication & Journalism, Communication & MCJ) graduates who are residents of Hyderabad/Secunderabad only. Such students will be required to provide a residence certificate.
Admission to the Ph.D programme is through an all India Entrance Test. Candidates who clear the entrance test will be called for an interview. At the interview, candidates will be required to defend the proposal they have written in the entrance test. However, once admitted they are free to change their topic. Only students who clear both the entrance test and the interview will be admitted into the programme.

Beginning July 2010, Ph.D scholars will be required to complete a 12-credit course work spread over two semesters upon approval from the department before taking up actual research on Ph.D.

Ph.D scholars are presently engaged in research in the following areas:

  • Participatory Media & Development
  • ICTs for development
  • Health & Nutrition Communication
  • Histories of Media
  • Gender & Media
  • Use of ICTs for education
  • Media & Marginality
Besides pursuing their research, Ph.D scholars get opportunities to participate in a number of seminars, workshops, interactive sessions with visiting professors, part-time teaching assignments & work on other projects.

The admission notification is announced on the university website and all national newspapers. A nation-wide entrance examination is held in almost 25 centres across the country. The entrance exam covers communication theory and concepts and research methodology. Candidates will also be required to write a synopsis of the research proiect s/he proposes to undertake for doctoral research.   Those shortlisted will be required to appear for a personal interview at the department. Click here for a sample entrance examination paper. 

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