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A PhD is a long-term, intensive research degree, which is best suited to those with a strong interest in pursuing careers in academia or high level policy and research. PhDs in our department typically take at least three years, and require an independent work ethic, commitment and hard work from the candidate. 

Admission to this programme is limited to students with a strong Media Studies background and an average score of 70% or a distinction for their Masters. We do consider candidates with Masters degrees in areas other than Media Studies, provided that there is existing training in the social scienecs and humanities and a clear rationale for the interest in Media Studies. Students can only be admitted if there is an appropriate supervisor available. The degree can be undertaken part- or full-time.

Interested students can apply online on the main Wits website, where they will be expected to upload an Expression of Interest in line with this template. If there is supervision available for your project, you will need to undertake a writing test and to provide two confidential references from academic sources. 

Prospective students should This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. the postgrad coordinator, Ufuoma Akpojivi, before applying. Please have a look at the Media Studies staff profiles, where you can find out about our research interests and consider potential supervisors for your work. 

We are committed to the transformation project, and believe that encouraging candidates from previously disadvantaged backgrounds to undertake PhDs is an important element to transforming the South African academy.  

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Entry requirements for postgraduate degrees

Honours: Minimum of 65% pass for a BA, with a major in Media Studies or a related discipline.
Masters: Minimum of 70% pass for an Honours degree in Media Studies or a related discipline.
PhD: Minimum of 70% or an equivalent pass for a Masters degree in Media Studies or a related discipline.

Interested in applying for postgraduate study?

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make an enquiry

To make an enquiry please email Ufuoma Akpojivi, the postgrad co-ordinator

study with WITS media studies

Wits Media Studies will help you understand how media work and how they affect us. We critically analyse the role of media in politics, culture and the economy.
We contribute to scholarly debates and research about media and consumerism, and media and democracy in the Global South.
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