PHD Journalism

Doctoral level of study specialising in Journalism, Media or Communications Studies

Applicants to the doctoral (PhD) programme in the Department of Journalism should already have completed a Master’s level degree in a journalism, media or communications studies field with a minimum of 65% average.

Applicants can familiarise themselves with research areas of potential supervisors, by studying their staff profiles.

Programme Convener 2024

Dr Marenet Jordaan
Senior Lecturer
Office: +27 21 808 2625

Programme Coordinator

Prof Gabriël Botma
Associate professor
Office: +27 21 808 3488

Programme details

Admission and selection requirements

The admission requirements and application process for our PhD programme is summarised below. Please note that applications close on 1 June for the following year.

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Course content

Once a candidate’s complete research proposal has been accepted on faculty level, they may register for the 360-credit PhD programme in the Department of Journalism.

Students need to carefully adhere to all the requirements and deadlines set out by the Higher Degree and Research Committee (HDRC) in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. The website of the HDRC contains links to all the relevant documents and timelines to ensure successful completion of the dissertation.

All PhD candidates should take responsibility for ensuring regular contact with their supervisors to enable them to make sufficient progress.