Western Graduate & Postdoctoral  Studies

Media Studies

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



Program Websites


Program Contact

Shelley Long (slong@uwo.ca)
Graduate Programs Support

Faculty of Information and Media Studies

Western University
North Campus Building Rm 240
London, Ontario N6A 5B7

t. 519-661-2111 ext. 84017
f. 519-661-3506

The program focuses on media, broadly defined, through a kaleidoscopic interplay of culture, industry and technology, organized around three major areas of specialization. Each area focuses on a major field of study within media studies, and all develop critical approaches to the articulation and reproduction of social power via media. Designed to give students a thorough grounding in the key issues, texts, traditions and debates within media studies, the areas are not meant as segregated and free-standing domains of scholarly inquiry; rather, there are degrees of overlap between areas, and, accordingly, students will be encouraged to explore such intellectual crossroads and interstices.

Times to Completion

  • 12 Terms (4 years)

Curriculum Options

  • Full-time study
  • Thesis-based

Funding Details

Applicants (domestic and international) are encouraged to apply for the following scholarships:

Admission Requirements

  • Master's degree in Media Studies, Communication or a related field appropriate to the interdisciplinary strength of the program.
  • Minimum 78% overall average in the last degree.

Test Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must furnish evidence of their proficiency in the use of the English language:

Application Deadline(s)

  • January 15 - Acceptance notification from mid March to late April

Fields of Research

  • Media Cultures
  • Media Industries
  • Media Technologies