This program will provide the framework and discipline necessary to conduct speculative inquiry in the field of digital media, communication and creative practices. Suitable research candidates will explore novel ideologies of research to contribute to the knowledge base of the creative disciplines.

The program develops advanced research skills to prepare graduates for a career in industry, academia and pathways that require systematic and critical analysis.

Students will conduct practical research through design and as means of increasing knowledge parallels in non conventional methodologies. They are supported and engaged with communities of practice in discourse and ideologies to explore the boundaries of creativity.


Doctor of Philosophy (Creative Arts and Media) career opportunities

A Doctor of Philosophy (Creative Arts and Media) provides deep knowledge, skills, competency, and research capability in professions in the creative arts and media. You will be able to find career opportunities in numerous sectors including education, creative arts, media, and many more. Popular careers among computing and innovation PhD holders include:

  • Academician
  • Researcher
  • Senior Leadership at Creative Agency
  • Management in NGO
  • Curator
  • Self-Sustained for Professional Practice


University Award:

Program information

3-5 years (Full-Time) / 4-8 years (Part-Time)
Program Location
University of Wollongong Malaysia, Utropolis Glenmarie


  • Students will systematically structure and develop their research by developing a research proposal, which would guide the student through the entire research process.
  • In order to enhance the rigor of their research proposal, students will also need to complete a semester of Research Methodology in addition to participating in periodic research seminars and workshops.



  • A presentation session chaired by UOW Malaysia with invited panel of examiners to ensure the candidate is able to articulate their research ideas and plans, as well as having the necessary skills to carry out research activities as proposed.



  • Upon the approval of the research proposal, under the guidance of their supervisors, student will work independently on their research projects.



  • Upon completion of their research, students will document the research project and process in a thesis. Typically, thesis for PhD should not be more than 80,000 words.



  • Upon completion of research and thesis, candidate will undergo an oral presentation, chaired by experts in the field.
Areas of Research
  • Sociology
  • Media Studies
  • Cinema and Television studies
  • Digital Entertainment
  • Communications
  • Creative Industries
  • Digital Ethnography
  • Digital Art and Design
  • Visual and Spatial Communication
  • Screen Production
  • Creative Writing

Intake dates


12 January 17 May 6 September
Estimated fees
Local students


International students



*Terms and Conditions Apply
*Instalment Payment Plan Available

Academic Qualification

Master Degree :
Completion in Master’s Degree or equivalent in a related field

English Requirement

Local Student :
Band 5 in MUET


International Student :
Band 6.0 in IELTS; or a min score of 60 (IBT) or 8.5 (Essentials-Online) in TOEFL; or Cambridge English (169); or PTE Academic (59)


If English language requirements are not fulfilled, additional English module(s) may be taken at UOW Malaysia.