WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$1,600 /year
Part-time Study:5 years
Applications Begin:April 2021
Final Award:PhD
Start Date:January 2022
Academic Unit:Humanities
Campus:East Campus
Application Deadline: September 2021
Programme Overview

The Wits Department of Media Studies is one of the pre-eminent centres for the critical, interdisciplinary and theoretical study of media in the southern hemisphere.

Our work touches a wide variety of fields, including economics, sociology, anthropology, geography, visual culture, international relations, popular culture and literature and is unified by a shared concern with the diverse influences of media on lived experience, culture and society in the global south.

A PhD is a long-term, intensive research degree, which is best suited to those with a strong interest in pursuing careers in academia or high level policy and research. PhDs in our department typically take at least three years, and require an independent work ethic, commitment and hard work from the candidate.

Students complete a major original piece of research of approximately 80,000 words under the close supervision of a member of the academic staff of the department.

Admission Requirements


  • A masters degree from Wits or another university with a 70% total mark aggregate
  • A supervisor from the Faculty of Humanities must be identified and approached prior to application

Additional Entry Requirements

Admission to this programme is limited to students with a strong Media Studies background and an average score of 70% or a distinction for their Masters. Students can only be admitted if there is an appropriate supervisor available.

Please contact the postgraduate coordinator directly in order to complete the internal processes before making a formal application online.

Application Process
Application Fees for South African and SADC students: $13
Application Fees for International Students: $13

  • Applications are handled centrally by the Student Enrolment Centre (SEnC). Once your application is complete in terms of requested documentation, your application will be referred to the relevant School for assessment.
  • Apply onlineUpload your supporting documents at the time of application, or via the Self Service Portal.
  • Applicants can monitor the progress of their applications via the Self Service Portal, view academic application status, accept an offer (once certified hardcopies have been received by SEnC), apply and check residence application status, and generate a fees estimate.
  • Selections for programmes that have a limited intake but attract a large number of applications may only finalise the application at the end of the application cycle.

Please note that the Entry Requirements are a guide. Meeting these requirements does not guarantee a place. Final selection is made subject to the availability of places, academic results and other entry requirements where applicable.

For more information, contact the Student Call Centre +27 (0)11 717 1888, or log a query at

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Tuition Fees for South African and SADC students: $1,600
Tuition Fees for International Students: $1,600

Tuition Fees per year for South African Students = R24,260
Tuition Fees per year for International Students = R24,260
(The tuition fees for International students includes an additional International Registration fee R6,650 to the normal fees.)

**Students from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) member countries pay also annual local tuition fees and related costs (The SADC member countries are Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe)

International Students should take note:
– 75% of the annual tuition fee is payable on or before registration, as well as 75% of the on-campus accommodation fee.
– This payment includes the annual tuition fees and other related costs.
– The balance of the fees is payable by 31 March for undergraduate students, and for postgraduate students 30 days after registration. This excludes students with Refugee status.
– Fees clearance is to be obtained from the Fees Office.
– If you are sponsored, your sponsorship letter has to be vetted by the Financial Aid and Scholarships
Office (FASO).
– All international students (those who are not South African citizens or who do not have permanent residence status in South Africa) are required by the Department of Home Affairs to provide proof of available funds for the tuition fee for the academic year prior to receiving his/her study visa.

Relevant Contact

Mrs Merle Govind
Contact Person
Mr Mondli Hadebe
School Administrative Manager
Mrs Valerie Kilian
Personal Assistant to Head of School