The University Of Georgia
Program name: Masscommunication
Study Level: Doctoral
Program leader: Bibilashvili Leli
Study language: Georgian
Qualification: PhD in Mass Communication
Program capacity: 0
Program permission: Candidates with a master's degree or an equivalent academic degree in mass communication, public relations and business administration are eligible to apply to the doctoral program. The candidate must provide a document proving their English language proficiency at least at the B2 (Intermediate) level (an international certificate of English language proficiency or a national assessment and examination certification, a certificate issued by the centre - Certus; or a diploma/attachment or certificate of completion of an English-language bachelor's or master's program; or an internal university examination in English) and present thesis research concept. When making a decision, the school board considers the value of the concept according to the following criteria: - relevance and relevance of the concept to the research topic announced by the school; - the literature analysis within the concept; - The scientific and practical value of the research topic presented in the concept.
Program goals:

The goal of the program is to train a highly qualified mass communication researcher who, based on the knowledge of mass communication theories, models, main trends in the field, and research methods, will be able to create new knowledge on communication processes, mechanisms of its effectiveness in different contexts through research and analysis of research results, which will have both scientific and practical value. Also, the program's goal is to develop, on the one hand, the ability to plan and conduct lecture courses and, on the other hand, the ability to independently plan and conduct research, which promotes liberal-humanistic values ​​and democratic society principles in mass communications. 


A doctor of mass communications can be employed in academic and research positions in research and scientific institutes and organizations, state and private agencies and higher educational institutions.

Methods for Attaining Learning Outcomes:
  • Discussion/debate;
  • Critical analysis;
  • Book analysis; 
  • Literature review; 
  •  Finding relevant material online or in the library;  
  • Method of written work; 
  •  Making presentations;  
  • Induction, deduction, analysis and synthesis 
Learning outcomes:
Knowledge and understanding
  • After the program completion, the doctor:

    • Has a thorough knowledge of mass communication science theories, models, audience analysis, mass communication research methods, and mass communication characteristics to re-understand them
    • Knows quantitative and qualitative methods of research necessary to create new knowledge  
    • Knows modern standards and mechanisms of academic writing for scientific publications
    • Knows the techniques of preparation and conducting of HEI (Higher Education Institution) courses in compliance with modern evaluation strategies; 

  • Skills
  • After the program completion, the doctor can:

    • Independently plan and conduct qualitative and quantitative research to create new knowledge in mass communications, media and strategic communications. 
    • Synthesize and evaluate existing knowledge in mass communications, including critical analysis of mass communication theories, approaches, audiences, models, communication elements, and approaches that determine effective communication in different contexts, and identify new research issues.
    • Engage in written communication about scientific research findings with the professional community, academic standards for scientific publications, strategic communications, and engaging in polemics with a professional audience. Ability to plan and implement educational lecture activities 

  • Responsibility and autonomy
  • After the program completion, the doctor:

    • Conducts research focused on the creation of new, interdisciplinary knowledge based on the innovative synthesis of relevant information for the field while protecting appropriate values ​​(protection of academic ethics norms and integrity, development of democratic and civic values), as well as finding new values ​​based on the recognition of fundamental scientific, academic and humanitarian values—/Establishment, as well as the implementation of new research projects.
  • Date of approval: 12-13-2007
    Approval protocol number: 17
    Date of program update:
    Update protocol number: 50-19
    Program details:

    The following evaluation system is used for the evaluation of the doctoral thesis:

    a) summa cum laude – excellent paper - 91% and more;

    b) very good (magna cum laude) – result that exceeds the requirements in every respect - 81-90%;

    c) Good (cum laude) – results that exceed the requirements - 71-80%;

    d) average (bene) - the result that meets the requirements in every respect - 61-70%;

    e) Satisfactory (rite) - the result, which, despite the shortcomings, still meets the requirements - 51-60%;

    f) unsatisfactory (insufficienter) – a result that does not meet the requirements due to significant deficiencies - 41-50%, 

    g) completely unsatisfactory (sub omni canone) – a result that does not entirely meet the requirements - < 40%

    At least 30,000 words are determined as a doctoral thesis's mandatory number of words.

    Teaching Process Characteristics:

    The teaching of study components is semester-long and includes 60 ECTS (mainly - 45 ECTS and optional 15 ECTS courses, including the assistantship of the professor (teaching practice), which is mandatory for all doctoral students who do not have relevant experience at the University of Applied Sciences) The duration of the semester is determined by 22, and the academic year - 44 weeks.

    The study components are led by the authors of the relevant component, the research component - by the doctoral advisor of the doctoral student. 

    The Scientific Advisory Board supervises the doctoral student's research component stages.

    Program Core

    Code Subject ECTS Semester
    METH 7117modern teaching strategies in height education5 შემოდგომა/გაზაფხული
    LANG 7217academic writting for scientific publication10 შემოდგომა/გაზაფხული
    COMM7115Specialization Module in Mass Communications10 შემოდგომა/გაზაფხული
    QUAL 7210Qualitative Research Methods10 შემოდგომა/გაზაფხული
    MATH 7010Quantitative Methods of Research10 შემოდგომა/გაზაფხული

    Credits sum:


    Program Elective

    Code Subject ECTS
    EENG7194Research project management10
    LANG 7210Text Processing and Translation5
    SCNC7110philosipy of sciense10
    PDPR 7217education practice5
    INFO7110E-Learning Management Systems5

    Credits sum:



    Code Subject ECTS Semester
    COMM7130Doctoral Thesis0 შემოდგომა/გაზაფხული

    Credits sum:


    Point GPA The university assessment   The general assessment in Georgia
    97-100 4,00 A+ A Excellent
    94-96 3,75 A
    91-93 3,50 A-
    87-90 3,25 B+   Very good
    84-86 3,00 B B
    81-83 2,75 B-  
    77-80 2,50 C+   C good
    74-76 2,25 C
    71-73 2,00 C-
    67-70 1,75 D+   D Satisfactory
    64-66 1,50 D
    61-63 1,25 D-
    51-60 1,00 E E Sufficient
    Not passed
    41-50   FX FX Insufficient
    <40   F F Failed

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