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In the School of Communication, we’re young, vibrant and committed to the creation of knowledge. Intellectual enquiry and creative and digital literacies are the foundation of our postgraduate research degrees. Our supervisors are world leaders in the field of communication, combining traditional academic pursuits with hands-on industry experience. This means they’re delivering research that responds directly to real-world challenges — and they’ll work with you to make sure yours does too. Whether you’re looking for master’s or doctoral-level study in a creative or traditional field, we can help you shape your intellectual passions into a project that counts.

Full-time and part-time study is available. Throughout your studies, you’ll be supported with tailored block courses, workshops, seminars and other activities designed to build your research capabilities.

We’re currently looking to grow our postgraduate research capacity in the following areas. These align with current research activity and supervision expertise within the School:

  • Social and Political Sciences, Climate Justice
  • Public History: Oral History, National/Transnational History
  • Digital and Social Media
  • Creative Practice, Media Arts and Production
  • Music and Sound Design: Popular Music, Screen Sound Tracks, Electronic Music

See more on Key Research in the School of Communication


Finding a supervisor whose research interests and approach reflect your own is key to achieving a successful postgraduate research experience. Before you apply, you’ll need to find two ‘Category 1’ supervisors in the School of Communication who agree to oversee your project. Note that not all supervisors have capacity to take on new students every year.

Use our supervisor search to find out more about our academic staff, and to find a supervisor who’ll be a good fit for your project.

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How to apply

All applications for postgraduate research degrees must be submitted to the Graduate Research School. Please see How to apply for a research degree for application information.

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What the students say

Elaine McKewon, UTS:Communication Doctor of PhilosophyElaine McKewon
Doctor of Philosophy (Journalism)

“From the outset, I found journalism studies at UTS highly engaging and challenging.”

Jeni Thornley, UTS:Communication Doctor of Creative ArtsJeni Thornley
Doctor of Creative Arts

“I started out teaching a documentary course here at UTS, and I really liked its dynamic relationship between theory and practice.”

Matt Johnson, UTS:Communication PhD student and winner of the 2016 Three-Minute Thesis competitionMatt Johnson
Doctor of Philosophy (Social Inquiry)
Winner, 2016 UTS 3 Minute Thesis competition

“I’ve really enjoyed the sense of community that comes with being a researcher within FASS and the wider UTS HDR network.”

Henry Boateng, Doctor of Philosophy student, UTS School of Communication (Digital Information Management)Henry Boateng
Doctor of Philosophy (Digital Information Management)

“I chose to study my PhD at UTS as I am convinced that UTS is one of the best young universities in the world.”

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