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Ph.D. (Mass Communication) - Course Overview

  • STREAM

    MASS COMMUNICATIONS

  • DURATION

    2 YEARS

  • COURSE

    Media Studies

  • COURSE TYPE

    Doctorate/M.Phil

Updated On - February 8th 2018

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Mass Communication Top Colleges, Syllabus, Scope, and Salary

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.

Ph.D. in Mass Communication: Course Highlight Table

Course TypeDoctorate
Area ConcernedMass Communication
Duration of Course3-5 Years
Admission processEntrance Test based/Merit-based (Based on PG/M.Phil percentage)
Structure of CourseSemester-Wise/Yearly exam based
EligibilityPost Graduation/M.Phil. From any college/university with a minimum of 50% (relaxable for reserved category candidates) marks.
Top recruiting areasFilm and TV Industry, Print Journalism, Radio/Video Presentation, Hosting/Presentations etc. 
Job ProfilesJournalist, reporter, Editor, Researcher, News analyst, Marketing expert, Content developer etc.
Course FeeINR 12,000 to 2.25 Lacs
Average starting salaryINR 17,000 to 22,000 per month

Ph.D. in Mass Communication: What is it About?

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.

Ph.D. in Mass Communication: Top Institutes 

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.

InstituteCityAverage Fee
AMUAligarhINR 9,700
Amity School of CommunicationNoidaINR 98,667
Andhra UniversityVizagINR 30, 500
Apeejay Stya UniversityGurugramINR 1,09,725
Central University of OrissaKoraputINR 8, 465
Galgotia UniversityGreater NoidaINR 60,500
Gauhati UniversityGuwahatiINR 35,000
Guru Nanak Dev UniversityAmritsarINR 39,000
Himachal Pradesh UniversityShimlaINR 3,433
Jamia Milia IslamiaDelhiINR 14,000

Ph.D. in Mass Communication: Eligibility

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.

  • He/She shall not be having any backlog or compartment in any of the subject/subjects at PG/M.Phil level that is yet to be cleared at the time of taking admissions.
  • Apart from the above-mentioned eligibility criteria’s various colleges and institutes may have their own additional criteria’s which the students would have to satisfy in order to take admission (Like work or research experience in the domain).
  • In case of reserved category students, they would have to present their reservation certificates issued by the competent authorities in order to avail the benefits applicable to them.
  • Certain Institutes grant admissions through Common Entrance Test (CET) like UGC NET. To get admission in these institutes candidates would have to qualify the respective entrance exam by securing minimum qualifying marks.

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.

Ph.D. in Mass Communication: Admission Process

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.

  • Students have to qualify these exams (for which they should be eligible to appear) in order to get admission in the course.
  • After the conduct of the test, a merit list of finally qualified candidates is prepared and candidates are invited for admission process by the respective university or college.
  • After preparation of final merit list, the process of final allotment of seats to the candidate takes place and the candidate is asked to deposit the fee for the course and register for the respective academic year.

Ph.D. in Mass Communication: Syllabus and Course description

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
Research methodology
Applications of computer in mass media
Print media
Techniques of assessment
Data evaluation and analysis
Viva-voce
Relation of chemistry with other subjects
Thesis report

Ph.D. in Mass Communication: Who Should Opt for?

  • Students who have done M.Phil/Master’s in the domain of Mass Communication
  • Those who have interest in research and analysis.
  • Those who are looking for a career in news and media.
  • Those looking at a career as an academic expert.

Ph.D. in Mass Communication: Career Prospects

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.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Mass Communication annual salary
Area/DomainRoleAverage Salary for Fresher’s
EditorAn 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
JournalistA 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 AnalystThe 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 expertThe 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 ResearcherAn 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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