Postgraduate research degrees (Communication)
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.
Our Postgraduate Research (Communication) courses
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.
Find out more about Postgraduate Research in Communication
Postgraduate Research Video
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QS 5-star ranking for research
Australia’s most innovative campus
Research with real-world impact
Central Sydney location
Creative and digital industry hub
Internationally acclaimed supervisors
Strong industry/practice connections
Traditional and emerging research disciplines
Funding for research-based travel
Commitment to diversity and social justice
Our research degrees
Doctor of Philosophy
Doctor of Creative Arts
Master of Creative Arts
Master of Arts (Research) in Humanities and Social Sciences
Our priority areas
Social and Political Sciences, Climate Justice
Digital and Social Media
Creative Practice, Media Arts and Production
Music and Sound Design
$1.5 billion campus redevelopment
State-of-the-art production facilities
Dedicated HDR student spaces
Change the world through research
Engage with emerging creative disciplines
Shape digital and social media practice
Contribute to social and political discourse
What we look for
Academic track record
Relevant professional experience
Fit with research expertise
Strong research proposal
Your future career
Growing our postgraduate research capacity
We’re currently looking to grow our postgraduate research capacity in the following areas:
- 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
These areas align with current research activity and supervision expertise within the School:
Read more information on Key Research in Communication
Finding a supervisor
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 Communication who agree to oversee your project. Note that not all supervisors have the 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.
From the outset, I found journalism studies at UTS highly engaging and challenging.
Doctor of Philosophy (Journalism)
I started out teaching a documentary course here at UTS, and I really liked its dynamic relationship between theory and practice.
Doctor of Creative Arts
I’ve really enjoyed the sense of community that comes with being a researcher within FASS and the wider UTS HDR network.
Doctor of Philosophy (Social Inquiry)
Winner, 2016 UTS 3 Minute Thesis competition
I chose to study my PhD at UTS as I am convinced that UTS is one of the best young universities in the world.
Doctor of Philosophy (Digital Information Management)
- All that I Am, by Anna Funder, Doctor of Creative Arts, Miles Frankin Literary Award winner
- Hopscotch, by Jane Messer, Doctor of Creative Arts
- The Media and the Massacre, by Sonya Voumard, Doctor of Creative Arts
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.
Further Postgraduate research degree information
- Academic staff in Communication
- Key areas of research within the School
- Supervisor Search — for questions about your topic, developing a proposal or finding a supervisor.
- Administrative and procedural questions: FASS Research Office
- Academic enquiries: Dr Bhuva Narayan, HDR Coordinator, Communication
- Download the UTS Research Course Guide (PDF, 1.9MB)