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Doctoral Program in
Media Studies

The Doctoral Program in Media Studies at Chitkara University aims to develop in-depth understanding of such core area/ issue which is part of media world and after using appropriate methodology the research may come up with such finding which is useful to both- academia and industry.

The School has highly qualified and vibrant faculty members committed to impart high-quality research in the field of journalism/ mass communication, new media, advertising, corporate communication, media laws and ethical aspects of the profession. The Doctoral program has been designed keeping in view the recent advances and developments in the media industry and also in PG programmes in mass communication so that significant research contribution may be made .The program prepares researcher scholars to take roles in higher studies media teaching, consultant in media industry, experts in the field, professional practitioners and policymakers.

Program Overview

The PhD program in Media Studies is one of three separate and distinct tracks of the Media Research and Practice doctoral program within the College of Media, Communication and Information.
Drawing largely from contemporary cultural and critical theory, the PhD in Media Studies focuses on interactions among the major components of modern communication — media institutions, their contents and messages, and their audiences or publics — as a process by which cultural meaning is generated. It examines that process on an interdisciplinary basis through social, economic, political, historical, legal/policy/regulatory and international perspectives, with a strong emphasis on issues involving new communication technology and policy.

As a graduate student and colleague in the Department of Media Studies you will be working within an environment that is committed to critical pedagogy, and intellectual and creative engagement, one that celebrates traditional forms of intellectual inquiry and other equally-profound models and road maps of knowledge pursuit. Our commitment is to ensure that:

You will emerge with a deep understanding of a range of theoretical paradigms drawn from social, cultural and media theory and a set of significant core competencies – intellectual, methodological, and creative.

  • You will develop a sophisticated understanding of a range of quantitative and qualitative methodologies.
  • You will use this experience to cultivate your intellectual and creative voice, one that is unique to you.

Admission Eligibility

The candidates must have obtained the following qualification, passing from any of the universities incorporated by an Act of the central or state legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an act of parliament or declared to be deemed as a university under Section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification recognized by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India, or equivalent qualification from an institution approved by AICTE.

A Master’s degree or its equivalent in relevant discipline with minimum 55% aggregate marks (relaxation for reserved categories as per UGC norms).

How to Apply

Candidates who fulfil the eligibility criteria, are required to fill the admission form with evidences of all particulars to be attached. All application forms will be screened by a separate screening committee whose representatives will be from Doctoral Research Committee and Experts from the University in the respective areas. The candidates short-listed on the basis of their academic record and relevant experience will appear in a written test to be conducted by the University. Time-table & Curriculum will be intimated to the registered candidates. The candidates will then appear for a personal interview for the final selection.

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Program Fee Structure

Fee ComponentsAmount
Enrolment FeeRs. 50,000/-
Course Work Fee 1Rs. 25,000/-
Course Work Fee 2Rs. 25,000/-
Course Work Fee 3Rs. 25,000/-
Doctoral Seminar on SpecialisationRs. 60,000/-
Synopsis Seminar FeeRs. 60,000/-
Progress Review Seminar 1Rs. 20,000/-
Progress Review Seminar 2Rs. 20,000/-
Progress Review Seminar 3Rs. 20,000/-
Pre-Thesis SubmissionRs. 40,000/-
Thesis Submission & Defence FeeRs. 75,000/-
TotalRs. 4,20,000/-

Program Structure

The curriculum includes compulsory coursework, research proposal and objectives, research work and progress, pre-thesis work, and thesis defense.

The course work comprises of five components: research methodology, advanced research methodology, doctoral foundation seminar, doctoral concentration seminar, and research & publication ethics. After successfully completing coursework, the research scholar works in close coordination and under the strict supervision of his / her research guide, prepares the research proposal, and identifies the objectives of the research work.

Progress of the research work is reviewed every six months and finally, the scholars submit their thesis and defend it. The Doctoral Research Committee (DRC) closely mentors and monitors this process.

PhaseSub componentsOutcome
Course WorkResearch MethodologyEnabling scholars to purse research in a methodical manner
Advanced Research MethodologyEnabling scholars to know about tools and technologies to process their data
Doctoral Foundation SeminarEnabling and equipping scholars with required tools and technologies in their broad discipline area
Doctoral Concentration Seminara) Motivation to Research, b) identification of base paper(s), c) State-of-art, d) Identification of research gaps, e) Identification of Tools/Technologies for conducting proposed research
Research & Publication EthicsSensitisation towards research; Ethics and respect to science and research integrity; Intellectual honesty and research integrity; Scientific misconducts; Falsification, Fabrication and Plagiarism
Submission of Research ProposalExtensive literature review / patent data bases, research proposal submitted to Dean (DRC) in prescribed format
Progress Seminar – IProgress on identified research objectives
Progress Seminar – IIProgress on identified research objectives
Progress Seminar – IIIProgress on identified research objectives
Pre Thesis SeminarAchievement of all objectives, Thesis ready in final shape, Research paper(s) communicated to Conferences / Journals
Thesis Submission and DefenceEligibility for award of PhD. degree
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What to Expect

The PhD. program at Chitkara University will prepare you for an outstanding career in research and teaching. Right from your first semester, you’ll get to work with faculty mentors across the management field as you investigate business challenges that interest you. Our doctoral program students have the entrepreneurial ability—and diligence—to study complex issues that managers and policymakers face.

  • Developing Transferrable Skills for Non-Academic Careers

    Our Ph.D Program is strategically designed to cater to the needs of high-achieving professionals aiming to enhance their career in the world beyond academia as well. While conventional academic skills are often developed through courses and mentoring, we also incorporate various pedagogical approaches to mentor them as leaders, entrepreneurs, etc., equipping them with numerous transferable skills, thus grooming them for successful careers in the industry.

  • Opportunities to Present Papers at Prominent Conferences

    Our PhD. students get the opportunity to present their work at prominent conferences. Such conferences, we believe, provide a platform to present one’s research to a global and important audience of scholars and experts in the field. Resultantly, our scholars are ahead at knowing about latest developments as well as open issues that the research community is collectively deliberating upon.

  • Student Support

    Our faculty closely works with research scholars on all phases of the research process—from idea generation and study design to data analysis and writing. The culture is collegial and informal, with students viewed as colleagues and co-authors. Moreover, students are encouraged to work with multiple faculty, which helps them widen their perspective on contemporary issues in their field.

  • Collaborative Research Environment

    In our PhD. Program one finds the most conducive environment to work in collaboration with other scholars, teachers and ace researchers. Our ideology is simple - collaborative teams exhibit important research outcomes, far beyond what could be accomplished by individuals working independently.

Concentrations Offered

  • Radio and TV Journalism
  • Advertising and Public Relations
  • Film Studies
  • Digital Media
  • Print Journalism
  • Photography
  • Cinematography
  • Corporate Communication

Framework for PhD. Program

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