SMC Doctorate in Media and Communication aims
To ensure the highest international quality standards, we are in partnership or partnership discussion with several institutions among the most notable of which are following:
The University of Navarra has a long standing and existing relationship with the Pan-Atlantic University. Since the earliest days of the founding of the Lagos Business School, through its world famous school, the IESE, University of Navarra has assisted the development of the PAU. The Faculty of Communications at Navarra has had a hand in the training and development of SMC faculty, and the development of our programmes since 2006
Our decision to start the PhD in Media and Communication is founded on the availability of the requisite number and quality of scholars, professionals and modern facilities for the running of the programme. This includes professors, PhDs (with over 10 years post-doctoral experience and international exposure), an adequately stocked library (both physical and virtual), increasing research papers in reputable publications and conference hosting and participation in Nigeria, Africa, and worldwide.
To encourage a virile research culture, SMC is also home to very notable centres such as the Nollywood Studies Centre, the GfK International Centre for Market and Social Research, and the Centre for Leadership in Journalism (CLeJ). We are also host to high level national and international conferences, workshops, colloquiums, forums, the latest of which are the Media and Popular Culture in Africa (2013),Distilling the Freedom of Information Act for Public Participation, in collaboration with the National Human Rights Commission, and the forthcoming African Film and Investment Summit, etc. We are also accepted and recognized by international and national professional bodies as a centre of visible and verifiable excellence in media and communication studies and practice. Our past and present collaborations with and sponsorships by Samsung, the DFID, British Council, Coca-Cola, MTN, among others attest to this standing.
SMC has become the leading and most preferred training institution for post-graduate studies in media and communication within Nigeria, with internationally acclaimed programmes, quality, standards, processes, systems, faculty and curricula.
Our greatest strength which we bring to bear on the PhD programme in Media and Communication is the knowledge and skill-sets available in such areas as Digital and New Media, Creativity and Innovation, Leadership and Entrepreneurship, and of course, Ethics.
The SMC boasts of such notable faculty members as Professor Albert Alos (first Vice-Chancellor of PAU, Professor Manuel Elegido (current Vice-Chancellor), Professor Emevwo Biakolo (founding Dean), Professor James Tsaaior, Dr. Joe Bel-Molokwu (former Executive Secretary of APCON), Dr. Eduard Schmitter, Dr. Isah Momoh, Dr. Austin Nweze, Dr. Silk Ogbu, Dr. Pius Onobhayedo, Dr. Ike Obiaya, Dr. Phil Osagie and Dr. Ngozi Okpara.
We also count on a galaxy of visiting faculty members drawn from other leading universities in Nigeria, Africa and worldwide, especially Africans in the Diaspora, such as Profs Onookome Okome (University of Alberta, Canada), Dr. Hyginus Ekwuazi (University of Ibadan), Dr. Oloruntoba Sunday (University of Lagos), Dr. Doyin Abiola, Prof Jonathan Haynes (Long Island University), and Prof Amiso George (Texas Christian University).
The SMC Ph.D. in Media and Communication is a highly structured programme consisting (consecutively) of two semesters of course work, one half-semester, part of which is spent on an overseas study visit, one semester (minimum) of field work or experiment, and two semesters of thesis writing. Apply Now Download Brochure Download Ph.D. Transcript Request Form Download Ph.D. Referee Request Form All candidates are admitted directly to the Ph.D. course work. Progression in the programme depends on performance in the course work. For purposes of progression, the minimum pass mark for Ph.D. level courses is 50%. Accordingly, at the end of the first year, there will be three categories of students, viz:
Students with MPhil degrees that have had no prior media and communication education will be required to take an additional 18 credit units of media and communication compulsory courses to broaden their understanding of the discipline of media and communication. The courses to be taken will be determined by the Faculty Board on the recommendation of the Ph.D. Director and the candidate’s Faculty Advisor.
Application Period: 15 February 2017 – 18 August 2017
Start Date: September 2017
Viva/Proposal Interview: August 21 – August 25
Ph.D Duration: 3 Years
Application fee: N50, 000 to be paid after filling the application form online at sims.pau.edu.ng
Lecture Structure/Days: Saturday (9:00am – 6:00pm)