The MCS program is a two year studies offered through coursework and a dissertation. In the first year, the candidates take eight subjects (four in each semester), and complete thesis by research in the second year.
To provide a high quality postgraduate education at the Masters level to meet the manpower needs of the government departments and non-government organizations and the private sector industries in Papua New Guinea and the wider global community particularly to the Pacific Island countries.
a) To impart to the students a broader understanding and appreciation of the various structures and dynamics of society and their connections to patterns of human behavior and individual life changes.
b) To offer various communication theories and their applications that sets forth the foundation for further analysis and research in the field of communication.
c) To teach and equip the students with knowledge and skills to communicate socio-economic and political development issues and agendas of society.
d) To provide advanced training in writing by creating an academic environment for students to develop critical awareness of the organization, linguistic features and production of selected academic writing genres.
e) To educate the students not only to understand the knowledge, skills and techniques in planning and carrying out independent research but also to grasp the key methods of data processing using relevant computer software programs.
f) To produce high quality dissertations reflected by skills and knowledge, originality of scholarly research, critical assessment, logical structure and scholarly discussion of findings to address research questions and problems.
Rules for Master Degree on Coursework
This program shall be offered in accordance with and within the meaning of the rules governing the University’s Master Degree through the coursework mode and dissertation.
In consultation with the University Higher Degrees Committee, the department shall, from time to time, make such adjustments where necessary particularly in the program’s course structures.
The candidate for the Degree of Master of Communication Studies (MCS) shall register for eight (8) units of coursework and dissertation (MCS 520) built into four (4) semesters of the two-year program.