MPhil/PhD in Media and Communications

In addition to progressing with their research, students are expected to take the listed training and transferable skills courses.  Students may take courses in addition to those listed, and should discuss this with their supervisor.

Year One
Training courses
Compulsory (examined)
MC408/418 Theories and Concepts in Media and Communications I and II (for students without the appropriate background)
MC5M2 Advanced Methods of Research in Media & Communications (includes MY551 Introduction to Quantitative Analysis and MY552 Applied Regression Analysis). By agreement, the Methodology Institute components (MY551 and/or MY552) can be replaced by other, more advanced, statistics courses or an advanced qualitative course taught at the Methodology Institute. At least one half-unit course of statistics needs to be included.
 
Optional (examined/not examined)

Other graduate courses relevant to research subject and agreed with supervisor.

Transferable skills courses
Compulsory (not examined)
MC500 Research Seminar for Media, Communications and Culture
Annual Departmental PhD Symposium

Optional (not examined)
CLT04 Digital Literacy
MY593A Authoring a PhD and Developing as a Researcher: Getting Started
LN988 Thesis Writing course
Modern Foreign Language courses offered by the Language Centre
Other graduate seminars of relevance to research subject

Presentation requirements
At least one presentation annually at MC500 Research Seminar for Media, Communications and Culture

Year Two
Training courses
Optional (examined/not examined)

Either MY530 Advanced Qualitative Analysis Workshops (H) or MY555 Multivariate Analysis and Measurement (H)
MY559 Special Topics in Quantitative Analysis: Advanced Regression Modelling (H)
ST416 Multilevel Modelling (H)
Other graduate courses relevant to research subject and agreed with supervisor

Transferable skills courses
Compulsory (not examined)

MC500 Research Seminar for Media, Communications and Culture
Annual Joint PhD Symposium for Second Years and above, at Goldsmiths, Westminster and City

Optional (not examined)
MY593B Authoring a PhD and Developing as a Researcher: The Middle Years
Other graduate seminars of relevance to research subject

Year Three
Transferable skills courses
Optional (not examined)
MC500 Research Seminar for Media, Communications and Culture
MY593C Authoring a PhD and Developing as a Researcher: The Endgame

Year Four
Students are expected to complete their research

Progression and upgrade requirements
Students will be required to submit a full Thesis Proposal of 10,000 words to their Thesis Committee by 1 June in their first year (part-time students can submit their Proposal by 1 March in their second year). This paper will include a substantive statement of the aims, theories and methods proposed for the thesis, a tentative chapter outline, an indicative bibliography and a timetable for its completion. Together with the Methods (MC5M2) and Theories & Concepts (MC408/418) examinations, this paper will form part of the evaluation process, and, together with an oral examination based on the Thesis Proposal, will determine whether students are permitted to upgrade from MPhil to PhD and continue into their second year.