Communication Sciences, PhD

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    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language
Università Della Svizzera Italiana Lugano ,
The PhD programme in Communication Sciences is open to graduate students holding a Master degree in Communication Sciences or an equivalent degree in analogous disciplines. The programme includes advanced studies into the foundations of communication sciences, training in research methods, and individual research work under the supervision of a faculty member.
  • Overview
  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding

About

The PhD programme in Communication Sciences is open to graduate students holding a Master degree in Communication Sciences or an equivalent degree in analogous disciplines. The programme includes advanced studies into the foundations of communication sciences, training in research methods, and individual research work under the supervision of a faculty member.

Students holding a Masters in Communication Sciences or an equivalent university qualification can go on to study for a research doctorate in Communication Sciences.

The primary aim of doctoral research is to train researchers in the various branches of communication science. Research experience gained in the course of doctoral studies, however, can also have a important role to play in the training of professionals in the field of communication science who do not expect to devote their energies exclusively to scientific research.

A doctorate generally lasts for three years. It cannot really be established beforehand exactly how long it is going to take, however, as it depends largely on the abilities and efforts of the postgraduate student him- or herself.

At the end of the period of study and research, the student defends his or her thesis to a Jury appointed by the doctoral committee. Doctoral thesis defences are open to the public and consist of a presentation of the thesis by the candidate followed by a discussion with the members of the Jury. If the Jury accepts the thesis, the University confers the title of Doctor of Communication Science on the student.

All of the details of the organization of doctoral research (the doctoral committee, the choice of a director of studies, the arrangements for courses of doctoral study, for the thesis, etc) are laid out in the aforementioned Regulations.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
  • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • Project Type Predefined
  • Educational Form Academic

Programme Structure

Doctoral studies consist of three components:

  • Thorough completion of groundwork studies in communication science: this involves attending courses and/or private study under the guidance of Faculty lecturers. The objectives of this extension work are set by the doctoral committee when the candidate is accepted, and the means by which they are to be achieved are agreed between the student and the director of studies. This extension work usually takes place in the first year of the doctorate.
  • Preparation for research: this includes attending compulsory or optional doctoral courses, and the preparation of a detailed research plan. The research plan must be drawn up during the first year.
  • Private research activities and the writing of the doctoral thesis: this is the essential part of the doctorate and follows international standards and practices of scientific research. The final year of the doctorate is normally free from obligations to attend courses or seminars and is given over to the preparation of the thesis.

The procedure for applying for admission to doctoral study is laid down in the Regulations for Doctoral Study. The application cannot be accepted unless one of the Facultys professors (an ordinary, extraordinary, assistant, titular or aggregated professor) agrees in an explicit declaration to direct the doctoral studies in question. The Facultys doctoral committee examines the application and then puts a proposal to the Faculty Council for a decision as to whether to accept the candidate.

Tuition Fee

Funding

Internal Ph.D. students do not pay tuition fees and are funded from any of the following sources:

  • Periodic announcements of vacant positions for doctoral students: Interested applicant, should propose himself/herself for the position following the instructions given in the announcement.
  • Institutional or National funding opportunities, provided by either private or public sector within Switzerland.

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