The research programmes in WKWSCI are specially designed for students to work with faculty members with diverse research interests in the fields of communications and information studies. Research students have the opportunity to present their research work at regional and global conferences. In addition, they get the opportunity to collaborate with faculty on numerous publications in top academic journals. The research students in the PhD programme are exposed to classroom teaching opportunities to prepare them for an academic career.
Students typically conduct research in the following areas:
Information Studies: Human computer interaction, games and gamification, information retrieval and analytics, social media, mobile and ubiquitous computing, information behaviour, information literacy, knowledge organization, knowledge management applications and practices
Communication Studies: Health communication and information, marketing communication and public relations, media arts and cultural studies, computer-mediated communication, journalism, international/intercultural communication, communication law and policy, political communication.
Admission Requirements and Procedures
To apply to Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programme, you need to meet these minimum requirements:
- Good Master’s degree with CGPA of 4.25/5.00 and above
- Bachelor’s degree with minimum Honours (Distinction) or CGPA of 4.25/5.00 and above
- Ability to pursue research in the proposed field of advanced study
- English language competency*
*For both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees not awarded by an English-medium university or is awarded by an English-medium university but the language of instruction was not English, you must meet the English Language Proficiency Requirement (ELPR) of having at least an IELTS (academic) score of 7.0 (min sub-score of 6.5) The score must be obtained within the last 2 years at point of application. TOEFL is not accepted in place of IELTS.
GRE is not a mandatory requirement for both local and international applicants. An interview will be conducted for applicants who have graduated from overseas universities to assess the applicant’s language competency and potential to pursue independent research.
Applicants whose Masters are completed in 1 year or less, a sample of works or writing has to be submitted.
Please upload all relevant documents during application. No hardcopy documents are required to be submitted to our school.
Applicants may check their application or result status online after receiving the acknowledgement receipt of your application via email.
Research Topic and Proposal
A research topic and a 3,000-word research proposal is required upon application. You are free to propose any topic in the fields of communication or information studies. However, as the programme requires that the student work closely with the supervisor, the student should ensure that his or her field of research is aligned with the interests of the potential supervisor. You may visit the School’s faculty profiles to find out about the faculty professors’ publications and research interests. Students are encouraged to approach individual faculty professors to discuss their research topic and possible supervision.
The proposal should contain the following:
- Statement of research question
- Significance of research question
- Literature review
- References list
Sample of Works
Although it is not required, applicants are encouraged to send in their sample of works, including published or unpublished research, various types of writing, multi-media products, or any other forms of portfolio that would accurately represent your abilities.
Other Supporting Documents
You may visit the admissions webpage at this link on the supporting documents required for submission when you apply for admission.
Please submit email addresses of two (2) academic referees via the online admission system. The system will auto-trigger an email to your referees to request for their reference letters.