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CCMS offers a range of postgraduate degrees (Honours, MA, PHD) in the Southern African region’s premier graduate research and educational unit in Culture, Communication and Media Studies.
CCMS staff are internationally recognised scholars, and our postgraduate programmes reflect our interdisciplinary and international research culture which draws on media studies, television studies, film studies, cultural studies, history, and health communication.
A wide variety of teaching styles are used to support your learning such as lectures, seminars, workshops, and individual supervision. CCMS offers highly structured degrees with weekly seminars, and close supervision. Students typically work in small groups, with intensive expert support. Each student is allocated an academic advisor, thereby ensuring their success.
For PHD: a ‘good’ pass at the MA level in a cognate area of study.
Looking back on my MA now I am very thankful that I was able to
pursue research into the topics that really interested me at the time. It has really
informed my thinking and this, together the rigors of academic discipline have stood me in good stead in subsequent years.
Thanks for allowing me to pursue my somewhat esoteric subject matter and to undertake the difficult task of running the GDTV broadcast. These events have shaped my life and enabled me to make an impact on the media landscape in South Africa.
Cape Town TV • 2014
"I was greatly privileged to be mentored and taught by research experts that make up the CCMS team, as an early career researcher I have gained insight from the wealth of knowledge that the CCMS team offers their postgraduates students. Being part of the centre, not only taught me the value of hard work but also entrenched in me the importance of collegiality…"
Post Doctoral Fellow • Health Economics and HIV and AIDS research division (HEARD)
"We are happy to have been groomed by CCMS. Everything we learnt in every module fits the bigger puzzle in the working world"
Lunga Memela (Hons)
Journalist • Corporate Relations, University of KwaZulu-Natal
"I chose to pursue my postgraduate studies through CCMS after reading an article (on the SABC) authored by Prof. Ruth Teer-Tomaselli in 'Media,Culture & Society' in 1995, while a 'fresher' at University College Falmouth in the UK "
René Alicia Smith
CCMS MA and PhD graduate • 2011
"I always look back on my time at UKZN and in CCMS where we were given a solid grounding in critical theory and an ability to apply the 'shop' skills of journalism or media production. Anyone can learn to write an article, but to identify your role within society, how the text impacts on the lives of its listeners or readers and having the ability to communicate the message coherently is key. I think people who made an effort in their studies and participated in the various CCMS programmes are able to do just that."
Shaun Ryan, CCMS BA(Hons), MA graduate
East Coast Radio • 2011
"The past 3 months in the UK where I‘m doing my MA have flown by. While I'm studying an environmental degree, many of the scholars and theories we cover here are ones I was first introduced to at CCMS: Freire, Latour, Giddens, work on self-reflexive research, indigeneity, cultural globalisation, social constructivism ... so my time at CCMS has prepared me very well for a Master of Science degree. The work experience I received at CCMS has also been invaluable in helping me with my writing and research, as well as my editing and project-management skills. So I will always be grateful for the foundation that CCMS has given me! "
CCMS Hons (2009) • 2011
"What I value as an outcome of Kate Finlay's project is the fact that we, as a commercial business responsible for managing, marketing and operating a community-owned facility, have been able to benefit from the academic research she has undertaken by evaluating her findings and considering these when redeveloping our marketing materials and strategy.
"This is precisely what I had hoped for when Keyan and I first discussed the concept of UKZN's CCMS unit undertaking various research projects around !Xaus Lodge - that research could be applied in a beneficial way to a practical situation and not simply remain within the covers of a book!! "
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