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PHD in journalism

Doctoral studies are undertaken by full thesis and under the guidance of supervisors.
Students are accepted depending on staff availability, the candidate’s academic record, and in relation to the topic.
Prospective students are invited to enquire about the possibility of being accepted. If you wish to be considered for PhD studies, your request should be accompanied by the following:
A Curriculum Vitae;
A proposal that outlines the field of research the interests you, your research question and proposed methodology;
A copy of your Masters thesis if possible or related publications; and
A motivation for your acceptance.
Formal application should be made once it has been established that the prospective student is accepted at departmental level.
To ensure the safe arrival of your documents, we advise that you send your documentation electronically for attention: the Post-Graduate Administrator, ammadmin@ru.ac.za or to the following physical address:
School of Journalism and Media Studies, AMM Building 
Upper Prince Alfred Street
South Africa
Tel: (27)46 603 7104

Rhodes University PhD guidelines can be found at the POST-GRAD GATEWAY and applications can be made online HERE.


A new research programme in Media and Social Belonging is being launched in the School of Journalism and Media Studies from 2018, funded by the Andrew W Mellon Foundation. This programme proposes to focus on the complex relationships between South Africa’s changing media environment and its changing political environment. The key question it is concerned with is: What kinds of sociality are constituted by different forms of media and how do these (forms of sociality) speak to issues of social belonging and calls for social change? Our programme is framed by historical ways of being and belonging, and how these were transformed through colonialism. The foci of the programme are Coloniality, Digitality and Sociality and the interconnections between them.

This programme is available to all students wishing to undertake postgraduate study in the School. We are offering the following bursaries:

  • Five Doctoral bursaries at R125 000 for study over three years (enquire if it is offered in the given year).

We are looking for exceptional students committed to a research career who have demonstrated critical thinking and who are committed to probing and understanding the nexus of the large political questions now current in the Global South (and specifically in Africa and South Africa); mediation in the digital age; and forms of subjectivity, agency and social belonging. Black South African and women candidates are especially sought.

To apply, please send an additional motivational letter for the funding along with above-mentioned application documents to ammadmin@ru.ac.za by 01 November.

Last Modified: Mon, 05 Nov 2018 13:11:52 SAST