Doctoral study in Communication

Why study with us?

Communication is critical in the world today. Organisational, social and global change are all strongly influenced by the ways in which politicians, activists, entrepreneurs and leaders communicate. Our doctoral programme in Communication gives you an opportunity to produce in-depth research in an exciting interdisciplinary research area that resonates nationally and internationally.

As a doctoral candidate, you'll benefit from financial support for research expenses through PReSS funding, high-calibre supervision practices, and the networks and expertise of our world-class academic researchers.

Research opportunities

We have expertise in a wide range of research areas, including:

  • Communication theory
  • Intercultural communication
  • Linguistics and discourse analysis
  • Māori and Indigenous communication
  • Media and film theory/practice
  • Digital journalism studies
  • Computer and data sciences
  • Communication technologies

Solid PhD research proposals in other areas may also be considered. Doctoral candidates can opt to undertake a PhD with Creative Practice.

Our people

The Communication team at UoA is currently made up of seven full-time staff members and their interdisciplinary experience mirrors the interdisciplinarity of this field as a whole. Staff members have a breadth and depth of experience across a range of subjects. We are also leaders in creative forms of work including documentary production, journalism and computer science.

Scholarships and awards

There are several scholarships you may be eligible for when you decide to pursue your PhD in Communication:

Help and advice

Our friendly staff will provide you with advice on enrolling in your PhD at Student Hubs.

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