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.
- Philosophy of Science
- Legal and Ethical Aspects of Research
- Traditions of Communication Sciences
- Qualitative Research Methods
Start dates & application deadlines
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.
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.
Living costs for Lugano
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.
Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.
Updated in the last 6 months
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