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Media and Communication - PhD

Full program details & costs, with admission requirements. Discover your dream program.


Program facts

  • Program type
    Doctorate
  • Duration
    3 years
  • Annual tuition fee
    4,836 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,099 NZD

  • Language taught in
    English
  • Start date
    January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Program Overview

What the University of Canterbury says about their program:
"A Doctor of Philosophy involves extensive and sustained original research in a subject of your choice, with the results being presented in a thesis. It is normally the highest academic qualification available and is a mark of intellectual ability and independence, critical thinking, self-discipline and commitment. PhDs are offered in a wide range of subjects at UC, and are by thesis only."

Admission requirements

Undergraduate requirements

  • IELTS - 6.0 (no band less than 5.5)
  • TOEFL iBT - 80 (no band less than 19)
  • PTE - 46 (no communicative skills below 36)
  • CAE/CPE - 169 (no band less than 162)

Graduate requirements

  • IELTS - 6.6 (no band less than 6.0)
  • TOEFL iBT - 90 (no band less than 19)
  • PTE - 56 (no communicative skills score below 46)
  • CAE/CPE - 176 (no band less than 169)

Undergraduate requirements

  • Application form
  • Academic transcripts
  • Diploma of previous studies
  • Translations
  • Passport identification page
  • Proof of language proficiency
  • Reference letters (if applicable)
  • Portfolio (if applicable)
  • CV (if applicable)
  • Motivation letter / Statement of purpose (if applicable)
  • Proposals (if applicable)

Graduate Requirements

  • Application form
  • Academic transcripts
  • Diploma of previous studies
  • Translations
  • Passport identification page
  • Proof of language proficiency
  • Reference letters (if applicable)
  • Portfolio (if applicable)
  • CV (if applicable)
  • Motivation letter / Statement of purpose (if applicable)
  • Studio Proposal (if applicable)

*Some programs have different application forms.

Undergraduate deadlines

  • Semester 1 (February) - October 31st
  • Semester 2 (July) - April 30

Graduate deadlines

  • Semester 1 (February) - At least 6 months before the planned start date
  • Semester 2 (July) - At least 6 months before the planned start date

Fees and funding

Undergraduate tuition

From NZ$21,500 to NZ$44,000 per year

Graduate tuition

From NZ$13,000 to NZ$86,900 per year

Doctoral tuition

From NZ$7,099 to NZ$8,552 per year

Undergraduate scholarships

UC College of Engineering International Scholarship

  • Amount - NZ$15,000
  • Requirements - Full-time enrolment in any year of a programme for a BE(Hons) degree

UC International First Year Scholarship

  • Amount - NZ$15,000
  • Requirements - Full-time enrolment in a first year of a programme for an undergraduate degree at the University of Canterbury

UC Product Design Scholarship

  • Amount - NZ$5,000 for up to 2 years
  • Requirements - Full-time enrolment in the first and second years of a program for an undergraduate degree in one of the following

    Bachelor of Product Design (BProdDesign), Conjoint Bachelor of Product Design and Bachelor of Commerce (BProdDesign/BCom), or Conjoint Bachelor of Product Design and Bachelor of Science (BProdDesign/BSc)

Graduate scholarships

CWF Hamilton and Co Ltd Master's Scholarship in Mechanical Engineering

  • Amount - NZ$16,500
  • Requirements - This scholarship supports study towards a Master of Engineering (ME) degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Canterbury

Barbara Kathryn Ell Travel Award

  • Amount - Grants of $500 to $1,500 are available from an annual total fund of at least $3,000
  • Requirements - Full-time enrolment at the University in a program for an honors, master’s, or doctoral degree in History or Political Science.

Bickerton-Widdowson Trust Memorial Scholarship

  • Amount - Financial assistance with the costs associated with university study, up to a value of $2,000
  • Requirements - Must be enrolled in a programme of study in the School of Fine Arts at the University of Canterbury

Doctoral scholarships

Brian Mason Doctoral Scholarship

  • Amount - Financial assistance with the costs associated with university study, at a value of $25,000 per annum for three years. Tuition fees at the New Zealand domestic rate
  • Requirements - Full-time enrolment in a programme for a PhD degree in Geology at the University of Canterbury

Betty Wignall Scholarship in Chemistry

  • Amount - Financial assistance with the costs associated with university study, at a value of $5,000 per 120 points of thesis enrolment
  • Requirements - Full-time or part-time enrolment in a programme for a PhD degree in Chemistry at the University of Canterbury

Visa requirements for the University of Canterbury

Many international students will require a visa to study in New Zealand, and this is a vital step of your study abroad journey. Make sure you understand the requirements you may need to meet before applying.

New Zealand student visa requirements