Call for PhD candidates

PhD candidates Department of Media and Communication

City University of Hong Kong

The Department of Media and Communication has an outstanding international faculty, including many world-renowned scholars in the field of Communications. We are at the forefront of research in international communication, media effects, new media, and political economy.

We invite students with strong promise and commitment to apply for our Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in communication. Students with BA, MA or M.Phil degrees may apply for admission to the PhD program. Please note that we do NOT wish to admit M.Phil students at this point.

Successful candidates will receive generous studentships covering tuition and a stipend (approx. HK$14,000 per month) for a duration of three to four years. Additional research scholarships are also available. Given the large number of applications, competition is very keen.

We investigate the structures, processes, and effects of various modes of media communications in relation to their larger political, economic, and cultural implications. Our research is focused on its broad relevance to Chinese societies, but situated in global and comparative contexts.
Among the research topics we conduct are:

  • the role of the media in the process of globalization, democratization, decolonization, and social transformation
  • media professions, institutions, and technologies
  • the diffusion, use, and effects of new media
  • social psychology of video games
  • policy regulations and management of new media
  • formation and change of public opinion
  • popular culture and everyday life
  • management of crisis communication in government and corporations
  • cross-cultural interpretation of media texts
  • media discourses and social communication
  • advertising effects
  • The application deadline for 2013 is 10 December 2012 and the application results will be announced in early March 2013.

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