New Media and Communication Doctorate Degree (PhD) - About

What is the New Media and Communication Ph.D. Program?


The New Media and Communication Ph.D. Program provides education to respond to the changing needs of the sector with digitalization on the one hand, and to educate future academics with the required qualifications. In addition, it is among the priorities of the program to make room for advanced academic studies in the field of new media and communication, and to educate qualified academics and professionals in the fields of the media such as journalism, radio, television, new media and internet journalism. Especially, with the rapid developments in digital communication technologies, studies in the field of media and communication need to be carried out much more detailed, comprehensive and in depth. On one hand, it is aimed to take academic studies in the field of new media and communication to a higher level with the lessons and theses to be held within the New Media and Communication Ph.D. Program in line with the new needs. On the other hand, it is aimed to support the professional tendencies in the traditional media and new media sector with scientific studies. Employment of professionals with academic knowledge in the media and new media sectors will enable the media to be more functional in terms of humanity and social benefit. For these reasons, there is a need for academic fields of study that will provide opportunities for advanced academic studies in the field of new media and communication. The New Media and Communication Ph.D. Program provides education to contribute to meeting this need.

New Media and Communication Ph.D. Program Curriculum 

The New Media and Communication Ph.D. Program is essentially composed of two disciplines. One of them is New Media Studies and the other is Communication Studies. While new media or digital media-based courses are predominantly in the New Media Studies discipline, courses based on communication sciences and communication theories are included within the scope of Communication Studies. Generally, it is aimed to encourage the student to study in depth in the field of communication sciences and new media, to examine the literature in the field in detail, and to provide a solid perspective in the field. There are two compulsory and three elective courses in the program each semester. Students may also choose elective courses from other Ph.D. programs at the university. Students who have successfully completed their courses take the proficiency exam. For the students who successfully pass the proficiency exam, thesis will be the next step. Students who successfully complete their theses are entitled to receive a Ph.D. degree.

Who Can Apply to the New Media and Communication Ph.D. Program?

In order to apply, it is necessary to graduate from programs related to new media, media and communication studies, or any master's degree program in social sciences. Accordingly, besides programs in the field of communication such as communication sciences, new media studies, journalism, television, cinema, visual communication, media arts, public relations, advertising, cultural studies; those who have a master's degree from one of the fields can also be accepted to the New Media and Communication Ph.D. Program such as sociology, psychology, philosophy, anthropology, history, political science, international relationships, literature, philology, economics, law, etc. However, the students who apply and are accepted to the program from any social science program other than the programs within the scope of communication sciences take scientific preparation courses from the Media and Cultural Studies and New Media and Journalism graduate programs available in Üsküdar University, if necessary.

In order to apply to the program, ALES verbal score must be at least 55. ALES exam is not required for foreign candidates.

In order to apply to the program, it is obligatory to score at least 55 from any of the central foreign language exams carried out by YÖK (valid as required by Graduate Education and Regulations).

Career Opportunities for Graduates

Candidates who have graduated from the New Media and Communication Ph.D. Program can primarily be employed as academics in the new media and communication, communication sciences, media and communication, new media and journalism departments of the communication faculties. In addition, graduates of the program can take part in various fields of communication and media sector such as journalists, researchers and consultants. Graduates can be employed in other social science-based academic fields as well.

General Admission Requirements

In order to be admitted to the Ph.D. Program, candidates who meet the requirements of Üsküdar University Graduate Education and Examination Regulation’s 36th article must be successful in written and oral exams to be held by the department. However, in order to take the Ph.D. exam, ALES verbal score must be at least 55 and again, at least 55 from any of the central foreign language exams carried out by YÖK must be obtained. ALES is not required for foreign candidates.

New Media and Communication - Head of the Department

Prof. Nazife GÜNGÖR

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