Ph.D. Media and Communication Studies


Program Details

This program is divided into three parts; course work, comprehensive exam and dissertation. Duration of this program is a minimum of 03 years and maximum of 08 years. Course work is spread over a period of two semesters, involving courses of 18 credit hours. After the completion of course work those students who wish to appear in a comprehensive exam, have to file candidacy petition. The students will be asked to provide one general area of dissertation and one secondary area in consultation with their advisor and must satisfy the committee that he/she is equipped enough to conduct the research in a specific area. Then they will be asked to take a comprehensive written exam (Max 2 Attempts) followed by Viva Voce. After defending the comprehensive exam, students will be permitted to write their proposals under the close supervision of their supervisors. The proposal will be discussed in the Doctoral Committee and finally in Board of Advance Studies & Research (BAS&R) of University of Central Punjab. After final approval of the proposal, students will go for the Dissertation.

Road Map

  • Year 1, Semester 1

    Course Code Title Cr. Hrs.
  • JMS 7013Research Debates3
  • JMS 7023Managing Information3
  • JMS 7033Tools and skills of Social Sciences Research3
  • Total9
  • Year 1, Semester 2

    Course Code Title Cr. Hrs.
  • JMS 7043Dissertation Writing Workshop3
  • JMS 7053Optional Course* (Book Review, Media in Conflict and Crisis Communication, Gender Studies, Rhetoric Communication, Global Communication, Media Effects, Semiotics etc.)3
  • JMS 7063Research Practicum3
  • Total9

  • Year 2, Semester 3 & 4

    Course Code Title Cr. Hrs.
  • JMS 7030Dissertation30

* Note: Student will opt any one out of eleven optional courses.

  1. Global/Intercultural Communication
  2. Development Communication
  3. Media Culture and Society
  4. Social Media
  5. Media and Politics
  6. Semiotics
  7. Gender Studies
  8. Rhetoric Communication
  9. Media Effects
  10. Media Management
  11. Book Review

Admission Criteria

M.Phil. degree preferably in Mass Communication / Journalism or any equivalent degree in Social Sciences and Humanities may also be considered on a case to case basis with minimum 3.00 CGPA from a recognized University. The applicant will go through a written test and successful candidates will then be interviewed by the Centre for Advanced Studies (CAS).


The career prospects of this degree are to find a secure position as assistant professor to professor in the field of mass communication. Moreover, our graduates can work at managerial positions in media, public relation firms, advertising agencies and entrepreneurship.

Fee Structure

PhD in Communication Studies (3 yrs)

  • Courses Cr. Hrs. Fee per course Admission Fee Total Fee 1st Semester
  • 6 Research Thesis48 (18 30)31,50025,000214,000 Research work fee = Total 340000119,500


The above-mentioned fee structure is for illustration purpose only. UCP reserves the rights to make changes in the Fee Structure whenever deemed necessary or appropriate.
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