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.

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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:

  1. Those that score a CGPA of 3.5 and above (over 5 points): these will proceed with their PhD. thesis proposals, provided that they have also passed all compulsory courses with a minimum mark of 50%, and satisfied all other requirements.
  1. Those that score a CGPA of 3.5 and above, but have failed to score 50% or above in any compulsory course. Such candidates will repeat such courses before proceeding to the next stage.
  1. Those that score less than 3.5 CGPA: Candidates in this group will be asked to withdraw from the programme. All other regulations affecting the programme remain in force.

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