Admissions Open 2024




About The Programme

In a rapidly changing media landscape, Jindal School of Journalism & Communication focuses on training its students in a variety of skills across fields such as journalism, new media, film, and corporate communications. Each programme at JSJC rests on the foundations of scholarly engagement in the social sciences and training in practical skills required for the job market (particularly radio, television, print and digital media).

The Ph.D. programme is envisioned to provide a unique opportunity to early‑career researchers, as well as working professionals with industry experience, who aspire to conduct rigorous and critical interdisciplinary enquiry on changing contours of media, communication, visual culture, film and cultural studies. The programme also offers an industry friendly approach to individuals who aim to engage with both theory and practice. Open to postgraduates from allied disciplines, the programme offers full‑time and part‑time positions to prospective candidates. Incoming scholars will be mentored by professors from a wide variety of disciplines, including but not limited to history, economics, environment, media studies, visual studies, film studies and gender studies. The three‑year programme is structured around coursework in the first year, with provisions for fieldwork in the second year with adequate time for writing the thesis thereafter.

Broad Areas of Research

Communication Studies
Cultural Studies
Data Journalism
Film Studies
Gender Studies
Media and the Anthropocene
Media Histories
New Media & Digital Humanities
Media Studies
Political Economy of Media
Transcultural Studies
Media Cultures
Visual Anthropology
Visual Culture
Conflict Studies

Master’s Degree in a discipline relevant to the proposed research with at least 55% marks or equivalent grade. Applicants with more than three years of industry experience can apply for a practice‑based PhD. Applicants will be selected based on their performance in the JGU Entrance Test or an equivalent (UGC‑NET/ UGCCSIR NET/ ICMR NET/ ICAR NET/ GATE/ GRE/ GMAT/ CAT/ XAT/ CEED/ MPhil) examination, followed by personal interview.

*Relaxation criteria as per UGC norms

Applicants shall be admitted to the Ph.D. Programme under one of the following categories:

  • Full-time Ph.D. Student (with or without fellowship)
    “means a person enrolled in the Ph.D. Programme devoting full-time to completing the requirements of the degree.”
  • Part-Time Ph.D. Student (without fellowship)
    “means a person who is registered in the Ph.D. Programme devoting part of his/ her time for completing the requirements of the degree while discharging other employment obligations.”
Selection Procedure

Admission & Selection

The minimum and maximum period of study and research shall be three years and six years respectively from the date of registration of the student.

Credit Requirement & Coursework Details
Credit Requirement & Coursework