Ph.D. in Mass Communication is a 3-5 year research-based doctorate level course in the domain of media studies with a special focus on mass communication and its related aspects. A minimum eligibility criterion applied for admission to the course is a minimum of 50% (Relaxable for reserved category students) marks at M.Phil or equivalent level in the respective domain. Those who are looking for funding or fellowship for the course have to fulfill the required eligibility criteria (along with clearing of a respective exam for that purpose) in order to receive the grants.
The course is offered by various colleges/universities across the country (however, seats per course are not very extensive and there are limited intakes).
Some of the popular colleges/universities offering this course are:
The fee for the course across various colleges and universities across the country varies from INR 12,000 to 2.25 Lacs depending on the location and type of university that is private/deemed or government.
Ph.D. in Mass Communication admissions are done on the basis of percentage of marks obtained by the candidate at Post Graduate (PG)/M.Phil level. Apart from merit-based process certain colleges/universities take admissions based on the score of some popular entrance exam for Ph.D.
A doctorate level course in the respective domain is structured to involve students in the in-depth and detailed study of the subject so, as to inculcate the sense of research require at this level of academic certification. It focuses on delivering doctoral level research and understanding of the subjects to the students. Since it is a higher level course it deals with much specific kind of content but deals it with detail.
Ph.D. in Mass Communication pass outs have a variety of options to choose from in terms of their career. One can make a career with/in Film and TV Industry, Print Journalism, Radio/Video Presentation, Hosting/Presentations etc.
A fresh Pass out candidate can expect a starting salary of anywhere between INR 17,000 to 22,000 per month. The average salary range across the country is almost uniform with a little variation here and there.
|Area Concerned||Mass Communication|
|Duration of Course||3-5 Years|
|Admission process||Entrance Test based/Merit-based (Based on PG/M.Phil percentage)|
|Structure of Course||Semester-Wise/Yearly exam based|
|Eligibility||Post Graduation/M.Phil. From any college/university with a minimum of 50% (relaxable for reserved category candidates) marks.|
|Top recruiting areas||Film and TV Industry, Print Journalism, Radio/Video Presentation, Hosting/Presentations etc.|
|Job Profiles||Journalist, reporter, Editor, Researcher, News analyst, Marketing expert, Content developer etc.|
|Course Fee||INR 12,000 to 2.25 Lacs|
|Average starting salary||INR 17,000 to 22,000 per month|
Mass Communication (as the name suggests) deals with the process and mechanism of having communication with masses at large at a given point in time. It is generally associated with collection, organization, and decimation of news, information, facts, and data through various communication channels on to the public domain.
Over the year with enhancement of communication network and expansion of news and TV industry mass communication has added strength to the capabilities of the fourth pillar of the state that is media. With on the go delivery of information to the masses and requirement of having one updated round the media and mass communication industry has the challenge to fulfill the demands of the masses.
In contemporary societies where mass communication has an important part to play in our socio, economic, and political development a doctorate course in the domain aims at delivering that trained and skilled workforce to the industry that can help in meeting the wider coverage and effective reporting goal. Students are provided with a holistic view of the subject in a gradual and progressive manner so, as to allow them the time to understand the key concepts and principles.
A good number of colleges across the country offer the course to candidates who have passed their PG/M.Phil from a recognized state or central University.
For your reference, we have tabled down a list of various colleges/universities that are offering this course in India.
|Amity School of Communication||Noida||INR 98,667|
|Andhra University||Vizag||INR 30, 500|
|Apeejay Stya University||Gurugram||INR 1,09,725|
|Central University of Orissa||Koraput||INR 8, 465|
|Galgotia University||Greater Noida||INR 60,500|
|Gauhati University||Guwahati||INR 35,000|
|Guru Nanak Dev University||Amritsar||INR 39,000|
|Himachal Pradesh University||Shimla||INR 3,433|
|Jamia Milia Islamia||Delhi||INR 14,000|
Candidate must have passed the PG/M.Phil. Examination with at least 50% (relaxable for reserved category candidates) of the marks from a recognized state/private/deemed or central University.
The eligibility criteria’s mentioned above are common to most of the universities and colleges across the country that are offering this course to the students.
Most Universities/Colleges offer admission based on the score of CET (like CSIR NET etc) or conduct their own entrance test (like LPU) for admission into Ph.D. courses hence students would have to make an application for such exams.
The course has a variable time duration of 3 to 5 year and the syllabus is divided into various domain related subject and practical/research modules. The detailed description of the syllabus is tabled below for your reference.
|Subject/domain of study|
|Principles of Communication|
|Practices in mass communication|
|Applications of computer in mass media|
|Techniques of assessment|
|Data evaluation and analysis|
|Relation of chemistry with other subjects|
Ph.D. in Mass Communication students have plenty of options to choose from in terms of their career. One can choose to work as Journalist, reporter, Editor, Researcher, News analyst, Marketing expert, Content developer etc.
To provide you a holistic view of the career prospects of the course we have tabled certain areas and the respective roles attached to the same where Ph.D. holders can look for in terms of their career.
|Area/Domain||Role||Average Salary for Fresher’s|
|Editor||An editor is involved in the scrutiny of the content (in any form) before it goes on in public domain.||INR 2.97-3.25 Lacs|
|Journalist||A journalist is a person who is involved in the collection, organization, and distribution of data in a systematic manner and organized manner.||INR 2.44- 3.18 Lacs|
|News Analyst||The job involves detailed and in-depth analysis of the news item so as to devise out a conclusion out of it.||INR 3.28 – 3.40 Lacs|
|Marketing expert||The job involves devising policies and strategies for Television and digital marketing of the product/service offered by the firm.||INR 2.54-2.86 Lacs|
|Academic Researcher||An academic researcher is involved in the research and development activities that take place in relation to the domain.||INR 2.26- 3.12 Lacs|
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