PhD in Media Studies: A challenge that not everyone is ready to face.

Monday, November 16, 2020

As the world becomes more technology-centred, and in this particular context where that situation is enhanced, media studies are more important than ever before.

Life has found itself constantly changing at a fast-paced rhythm for the last thirty years (and especially the last two decades). Technology has been shaping and reshaping the way we do almost every task or live every experience we can imagine, but it has especially changed the way we communicate: the rise and fall of social media platforms, as well as devices dedicated entirely to bring new communication experiences, has been a constant. It’s more vertiginous than the transition from radio to tv or even from the tv to the internet. 

However, it’s not only a matter of devices but also of practices: how new ways of communication have re-shaped the way we manage our time, the way we perceive others and also our language (think about every metaphorical construction built to express a feeling now being summarized in emojis). There are new words, meanings have been altered, and new practices have settled sometimes still with older ones and sometimes replacing them, leaving them obsolete.

That’s the study field of communication: not only the media we all know (call it tv, radio, social media, etcetera) but also how it has shaped (and constantly shapes) society’s behaviour, the way it works to its core.

Now, of course, you can earn a bachelor’s degree or a master’s degree, but getting a PhD in Media Studies is taking your knowledge on the field one step further. A PhD (unlike a bachelor’s degree or even a master’s degree) is a mark of excellence and commitment to the field of study. It’s a step not everyone wants or is able to make, but it's worth it both for you personally and for your professional career. 

Earning a PhD requires high levels of effort since it's the highest level of education anyone can aspire to. This means not everyone is willing to pursue it because it's hard, but it also means that the prestige it carries with it is high, and it’s worth it. 

There are many institutions where you can pursue a PhD in Media Studies, and the Nelson Mandela University is one of them.

With a minimum length of four years, and taking place in the prestigious Faculty of Humanities, this PhD is a great option for those professionals who want to achieve the maximum academic degree the education system has to offer. 

If you want to get more information on this PhD, click here.

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