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Mastering communication at TAR UC

HAVING run communication programmes for over 20 years, the Faculty of Communication and Creative Industries (FCCI) at Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TAR UC) has recently added the Master of Arts in Communication to its offerings.

With a rolling intake allowing interested candidates to enrol at any time, the programme was launched in June this year with the first batch of postgraduates having completed their first semester of compulsory courses.

FCCI dean Dearna Kee June Chen (pic) said the faculty is well-equipped with qualified academics and resources to embark on this endeavour.

“The establishment of the Master of Arts in Communication programme is imperative for TAR UC to fulfil its aspirations to become the institution of choice with a high quality of research output (by postgraduate students and academic staff),” she said in a press release dated Oct 29.

She added that this will further strengthen TAR UC’s reputation, create a pathway for postgraduate studies for its undergraduates, and attract talented students from other institutions.

“FCCI is committed to delivering the highest of standards in postgraduate education that will prepare graduates to meet the demands of future media industries and conduct media research that will benefit our society,” said Kee.

FCCI deputy dean Dr Tang Mui Joo said the faculty is confident that the programme will produce highly relevant and qualified graduates who are able to fill the gaps within the evolving media industry.

“During the planning stage, we conducted a market survey and we received a lot of positive feedback from both local and international companies from all disciplines of media and communication,” she said.

“Our 37-strong academic team comprises experienced lecturers who graduated from different universities and have already established themselves in their respective areas of expertise and research interests.

“With this team, we will be able to guide our postgraduates on a vast range of topics and research,” she added.

The Master of Arts in Communication programme is research-based, in which enrolling postgraduates have to produce a master’s thesis in order to be awarded a master’s degree.

Programme leader Dr Chang Teck Peng said the postgraduates must take two compulsory courses: Theories in Communication and Cultural Studies, and Research Methodology.

“They will also have to submit their research proposals within the first year of enrolment. After their proposals are approved, they can start writing their master’s theses,” he said.

“The admission committee will assign a lecturer with similar areas of expertise to supervise postgraduates in drafting research proposals and writing their master’s theses. “Postgraduates will be awarded their master’s degrees only after they have submitted their master’s theses and passed the viva voce examination,” he added.

The study duration for full-time postgraduates is between two and four years, while part-time postgraduates can take three to six years to complete the programme.

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