Study Plan

I. Program Duration

The normal study period of Ph.D. in Communication program is 3 years. The maximum study period is 6 years.

(Students admitted in or before academic year 2018/2019, please refer to the rules and regulations as stipulated in the intake academic year study plan)

II. Study Mode


III. Medium of Instruction

Chinese or English

IV. Major

1. Global marketing communication

2. Media, culture and communication

3. Strategic communication

V. Course Structure

Table 1: Core courses (20 credits)

Course Code

Course Title



Current Topics In Communication Theory



Advanced Research Methods In Communication



Media, Communication And Society



Integrated Communication Strategies



Cultural Theory In Communication Studies


Table 2: Major courses* (8 credits)

Global marketing communication

Course Code

Course Title



Special Topic in Global Marketing Communication (1)



Global Marketing Communication: Special Topic 2


Media, culture and communication


Media, Culture And Communication: Special Topic 1



Media, Culture And Communication: Special Topic 2


Strategic communication


Strategic Communication: Special Topic 1



Strategic Communication: Special Topic 2


* The University has the ultimate right to decide which course or whether the course will be opened for all Major subjects.

Table 3: Dissertation (12 credits)

Course Code

Course Title





Table 4: Others (1 credits)

Course Code

Course Title



Academic activities 


VI. Teaching Requirements

1. Students are required to complete five core courses from Table 1, two Major courses from Table 2, academic activities (ten times of attendance) from Table 4 during the first 2 semesters to gain 29 credits.
Students can only submit his/her dissertation title for confirmation upon the completion of the aforementioned 29 credits under Table 1, 2 and 4. The minimum word count for the dissertation is 100,000. The overall process should follow the dissertation composition flow established by the faculty.
3. After finishing each course, students will be assessed based on regulations established by the instructor and the Faculty.
4. 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. Student who fails to pass the qualification exam in the first time is required to take the make-up exam within 3 months. If he/she fails in the make-up exam, his/her PhD study will be terminated.
5. The dissertation should pass the assessment and be defended successfully.
6. Students are required to publish at least one first-level academic work, OR at least two 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.

VII. Study Time

The duration for taking all courses is 12 months and no less than 12 months of dissertation composition, up to 24 months.

Classes will generally be scheduled at nights (19:00-22:00) in weekdays or weekend.

VIII. Graduation Requirements

Upon approval from the Senate of the University, a 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, and achieved a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or above (excluding dissertation)
  2. Abided by the regulations of the University
  3. Cleared all fees and charges and returned all University’s property and equipment borrowed

Note: All curriculums and study plans are based on the newest announcement of the Boletim Oficial da Região Administrativa Especial de Macau.

※In case of any discrepancy, the Chinese version shall prevail.


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