Study Plan

I. Duration of Study:

The regular duration of study for full-time students is 3 years. The maximum duration of study for full-time students is 4.5 years. The maximum duration of study for part-time non-Mainland Chinese students is 6 years. The study is divided into the following two parts: 12 months of course study (including 5 core courses and 2 major courses) and no less than 12 months of thesis writing.

II. Degree requirements:

1. The Ph.D. degree requires at least 41 credits which are distributed as follows:

(1) Completing the five core courses in Table 1 to earn 20 credits (as shown in Table 1).

(2) Completing the two courses under specific major in Table 2 to earn 8 credits (as shown in Table 2).

(3) Completing the Ph.D. dissertation and passing the dissertation oral defense to earn 12 credits (as shown in Table 3).

(4) Completing academic activities (ten times of attendance) to earn 1 credit (as shown in Table 4).

2. Students who complete all the required courses must attend the qualification exam. They all need to submit the dissertation title form on the day of the exam. A student who fails to pass the qualification exam in the first time is requested to take the make-up exam within 3 months. If s/he fails in the make-up exam, his / her PhD study will be terminated.

3. Students who pass the exam and get the dissertation title approved will be allowed to start writing the thesis. The minimum word count for the dissertation is 10,0000 (in Chinese).

4. Students are required to publish at least 1 first-level academic work, OR at least 2 second-level academic works. The works will be evaluated and approved by the Faculty of Humanities and Art at Macau University of Science and Technology. Please refer to A Guidance for Publication Assessment for the Doctoral Students of the Faculty of Humanities and Arts for details.

5. Students who pass the courses, the dissertation oral defense, and fulfill the publication requirement will be granted a doctoral degree in communication from Macau University of Science and Technology.

6. If a student passes all the courses but fails to pass the thesis defense during the specified period, s/he only can apply for terminating the study program.

III. Primary Teaching Approach:

Lecture

IV. Language:

Chinese/English

V. Curriculum:

Table 1 Core courses

Course Code

Course Title

Credits

Credit Hours

DPCZ01

Current Topics In Communication Theory

4

60

DPCZ02

Advanced Research Methods In Communication

4

60

DPCZ03

Media, Communication And Society

4

60

DPCZ04

Integrated Communication Strategies

4

60

DPCZ05

Cultural Theory In Communication Studies

4

60

Table 2 Major courses

Major 1: Global marketing communication

Course Code

Course title

Credits

Credit hours

DPCG01

Global Marketing Communication: Special Topic 1

4

60

DPCG02

Global Marketing Communication: Special Topic 2

4

60

Major 2: Media, culture and communication

Course Code

Course title

Credits

Credit hours

DPCM01

Media, Culture And Communication: Special Topic 1

4

60

DPCM02

Media, Culture And Communication: Special Topic 2

4

60

Major 3: Strategic communications

Course Code

Course title

Credits

Credit hours

DPCS01

Strategic Communication: Special Topic 1

4

60

DPCS02

Strategic Communication: Special Topic 2

4

60

Table 3 Dissertation

Course Code

Course title

Credits

DPCZ00

Dissertation

12

Table 4 Others

Course Code

Course title

Credits

DPCZ06

Academic activities

1

VI. Requirements for Graduation

Upon approval from the Senate of the University, a Master/Doctoral Degree will be conferred on a student when he or she has:

1.   completed and met the requirements prescribed in the study plan of his or her program within the specific study period*

2.   abided by the regulations of the University

3.   cleared all fees and charges and returned all University property and equipment borrowed

* Students admitted from the academic year 2017/2018 onwards are required to achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above (excluding thesis/dissertation) in order to graduate.

VII.Remarks:

  1. All curriculums and study plans are based on the formal announcement of the Boletim Oficial da Região Administrativa Especial de Macau.
  2. Please note that if there is insufficient enrollment in a major, the university has the right to cancel the major.
  3. The arrangement of major courses is subject to changes based on demand and availability.
  4. The courses will generally be scheduled at nights (19:00-22:00) in weekdays.