The department offers a PhD programme, on a full-time and part-time basis. International students on a student's pass can pursue their studies on a full-time basis only. The maximum period of candidature for both full-time and part-time candidates in the PhD programme is 60 months. 


All graduate students are required to take the following research modules:


NM6101 - Advanced Theories in Communications and New Media

NM6103 - Quantitative Research Methods in Communications and New Media

NM6104 - Qualitative Research Methods in Communications and New Media

NM6770 - Graduate Research Seminar 

In addition, students will need to read four elective modules (if enrolled from Aug 2019), or five elective modules (if enrolled before Aug 2019).


Application Information

Applicants should submit a completed graduate application form along with their undergraduate and graduate transcripts, TOEFL report and IELTS report (native English speakers can apply for a waiver) and two recommendation letters. A well-written research proposal is very important for the review process. Scholarships are available to only qualified candidates. There is one intake per academic year - in Semester I (August). Click here for the application deadline.

Applications received after the deadlines will be considered for the next intake.

Applications should as far as possible, be accompanied by a Research Proposal of approximately 1000 words. It should indicate the proposed area and topic of research, indicating knowledge of work done in that field, intended methodology, and a brief bibliography.

*Disclaimer on Admission: The University has not engaged any external agencies to undertake graduate student recruitment on its behalf and it reserves the right to reject, without giving reasons, applications submitted through any external agencies.

Scholarships/Tuition Fees

Research scholarships and tuition fee waivers are awarded on the basis of merit to the top applicants. Related information as set by the university can be found here.

Graduate Advisers & Enquiries

Those interested in pursuing graduate studies at CNM can write to