Prepare students to conduct original research on communication & interfacing disciplines, and for a career in academia

Ph.D. (Communication)

The Ph.D. programme trains students in advanced analysis of media and communication systems from the political, cultural and institutional perspectives. Students are engaged in diverse fields of media and communication that require them to conduct inter-disciplinary enquiries. 

The advisory committee of the programme has leading researchers from humanities, sciences, social sciences and the arts. 

Several research scholars have gone on to become faculty members in various universities across the country.

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.

Research students will be required to complete course work before taking up their research work.

Currently, the department encourages research in:

  • Communication and social change
  • Community media
  • Historical and cultural studies of media
  • Ontology of media and information
  • Health and science communication
  • Digital media studies
  • Feminist media studies
  • Media law and ethics
  • Media and gender, and,
  • Practice-based research

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.