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Communication Sciences, Ph.D.

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To that end, doctoral students are expected to take Ph.D. level courses that will expand their knowledge on communication, research and ethical aspects. 

Doctoral student training is then completed by teaching related experiences and by attending academic events organized by the Faculty. 


The main objective of the PhD in Communication Sciences from Università della Svizzera Italiana (USI) is the formation of future academics, however knowledge and experience gained during the Ph.D. are also relevant for those who wish to work in companies, organizations, or as entrepreneurs in the communication field.

The Ph.D. Program in Communication Sciences

The program requires close collaboration between the student and their Thesis Director. Hence, access to the program necessitates a written declaration by one of the Faculty professors (full, associate, assistant, titular, or adjunct professor), that he/she would be willing to supervise you. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included: 

  • Philosophy of Science 
  • Legal and Ethical Aspects of Research
  • Traditions of Communication Sciences 
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Quantitative Research Methods 

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

To be admitted to the status of doctoral student, one must have:

  • a Master degree or of a Licentiate degree (under the previous higher degrees system) from a Swiss University, or
  • a Swiss or foreign degree recognized as equivalent by the Graduate Studies Committee.

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Lugano

  • 1516 - 2140 CHF/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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