AnastasiaZ Posted September 7, 2013 Share Posted September 7, 2013 Greetings! I've tried to come up with a general outline for a Stateme of Purpose for a PhD program in Media Studies or Communication, and that's what I currently have: " After I've spent a year working as an assistant manager in the sociological and marketing research company, I want to return to academic study and to study [….] at graduate level at [….] As a child, I've been drawn to advanced reading, TV and video games of the type that my relatives considered above my age. Their worry about it's possible effects on me sparkled my interest in statistics and in quantitative media studies, and so before long I could point out the assumptions, suggest alternative hypotheses and argue for the most plausible one. This interest in studies of media effects been with me through college, where I've became especially invested in a course of sociology of advertising. Later, I took a year-long course in PR and Advertising in order to learn more about media effects from the perspective of those whose task is to produce them. I wanted to make sure that I've chosen the right occupation before I've committed myself to a project that would take years of my live. This is why I did not immediately apply for a doctoral program, but instead chose to take a year taking part in an actual research. This year of assisting with the fieldwork gave me invaluable understanding of an unexpected problems a planned research program might face during attempts of putting it to practice, and allowed me certain insight into how to design a research so that it would face fewer distortions during execution. In addition, I wanted time to research the programs thoroughly to find the one that matches my interests would allow me to focus on quantitative methods and media effects. I've found out that my main area of interest is better to be pursued through the field of Communication than Sociology proper. However, my education in Sociology and Advertising still gave me enough common background that Communication is not alien to me, not to mention that I've became familiar with research methods which are applicable both to sociology and communication. Therefore, I expect my transition from one discipline to another to be smooth. " The last paragraph will be filled with the details related to a particular university - why I have chosen this program, which professors I'd like to work with and so on. I would be grateful for any thoughts and suggestions Best wishes Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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