4 year(s) full-time

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English Language Requirements
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Program level
Doctorate by research

Content & Structure

Variations to the generic pattern are possible, providing that the coursework does not exceed 33 percent of the program and the principles on which the pattern has been constructed are maintained.

The program will comprise the following components:

Year One: 36 units (4 x 9 units)
Year One introduces students to advanced issues and practices in contemporary communications research. While organised into 4 x 9 units study modules, the primary focus of the study is the supervised development of applied research skills. It includes the following elements: enhanced autonomy in the identification and planning of contemporary research issues; improved capacity for critical involvement in the research culture of the communications industries and in the production and presentation of research reports; extended familiarity with the most recent theories and research methods engaging the communications industries and professions; special attention to the social and cultural outcomes of interactive computer-mediated-communications and e-services.

Year Two: 36 units (4 x 9 units)
Year Two allows students to undertake a supervised series of applied research projects during research placements within the communications industries and professions.
Students design, plan and carry out supervised research tasks and produce professionally-formatted research reports. These are returned for use by the communications industry within which the research placement occurred, as well as being prepared for publication, electronic publication or multimedia presentation to the relevant professional bodies.

Year Three: 36 units (4 x 9 units) (1 x 30,000 Dissertation and Thesis preparation)
Each student will be assigned a supervisor from the School's research register. It is expected that the candidate will take up one or other of the issues investigated in the research papers already completed. The 'thesis' comprising the body of research work will be submitted to external examination by two or more examiners.

What courses you'll study

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Communication as a Field of Study COMM 5050 9
Communication Practice 1: Writing for Research COMM 8004 9
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Communication Issues and Methods 1: Reading Research COMM 8001 9
Communication Issues and Methods 2: Research Methodology COMM 8002 9
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Communication Practice 2: Applied Industry Research A COMM 8005 9
Communication Issues and Methods 3: The Literature Review COMM 8003 9
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Communication Practice 3: Applied Industry Research B COMM 8006 9
Communication Practice 4: Writing for Professional Practice COMM 8007 9
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Thesis (COM) 1 COMM 8008 9
Thesis (COM) 2 COMM 8009 9
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Thesis (COM) 3 COMM 8010 9
Thesis (COM) 4 COMM 8011 9

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