ISLAMABAD: Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has launched MPhil Mass Communication programme for Autumn, 2019, semester.
Online applications for admission in the programme will be received till August 19. It is a merit-based programme that meets academic criteria, set by the Higher Education Commission.
The programme has been offered for Islamabad Campus but students from all over the country could apply for admission.
The university strictly adheres to merit-criteria as per the directives of the Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Zia-Ul-Qayyum.
The course work of the programme spans Evolution and Advances in Mass Communication Theory and Research, Sociology of Mass Media, and Methods of behavioural research in social sciences.
According to the Chairman Department of Mass Communication Dr Saqib Riaz on Tuesday, the objective of the programme is to enable students to understand and explain the dynamics of the social phenomenon of mass communication in Pakistan and specifically to enable them to independently investigate the contents, uses, and effects of mass media in society.
The programme also aims at contributing necessary baseline inputs through scholarly research to policy makers in important areas of decision-making.
Most importantly, the theoretical and methodological depth and breadth of the programme's coursework have already won experts' acclaim.
This programme is mainly focused on to integrate mass communication education with social sector development initiatives.
With its focus on social science based mass communication research and theory, this MPhil programme in mass communication studies trains researches and mass communication educators for academic institutions.
The programme is minimum of two-year duration.
Medium of instruction is English.
At the end of the semester, students are required to attend mandatory workshop for each courses.
The mode of teaching of this programme is correspondence package including course books and allied material, presentation of assignments, and workshop.
A great number of students across the country are interested in the programme.
About 15 to 20 students are enrolled in the program every year in the autumn semester.
Eligibility for admission to the program is second-class Masters Degree in Mass Communication from HEC recognized University.