Doctor of Philosophy

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Communication Studies

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) constitutes an original and substantial contribution to knowledge in an academic discipline. The PhD offered in the School of Communication Studies provides research training that fosters development of independent research skills including the ability to: formulate a significant problem; master appropriate conceptual and methodological skills; and relate the research topic to a broader framework of knowledge.

Students work closely with their supervisor to prepare a thesis, which is examined by independent experts.

Quick facts

Programme Code: AK3518
Level: 10
Points: 360
Duration: 4 years
Venue: City Campus
Start date: Anytime

AUT encourages early application. There are limited places available. Late applications will be accepted if the programme is not full. Applicants will normally be selected on the basis of their level of academic achievement and may be required to attend a selection interview.

Career opportunities

It is expected that graduates with a Doctor of Philosophy will have gained the necessary skills and qualifications to follow an academic or research career. Alternatively, your research topic may lead you to a position of expertise in your chosen field.

Entry requirements


Stage one
Students put together a proposal that critically reviews work done in their area of research. This requires a suitable research methodology and a timeframe for completion of the degree. The student is expected to publish one or more papers for a reputed international conference in their chosen area of research.

Once students have completed their research proposal, they refine their design by experimentation or field work as appropriate. Data is collected and analysed and the results are published at international conferences. A journal publication is also encouraged at this point.

Stage three
The first step in the final stage of the PhD is spent finalising the experimentation and data analysis. The PhD thesis is written and submitted to the supervisor for feedback. It could take two or three drafts before the thesis is ready for submission and examination.

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Last updated: 13-Dec-2017 3.52pm

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