- The curriculum structure applied to the Doctoral Program in Communication Studies, Fikom Unpad, is based on the prevailing laws and regulations in Indonesia. Specifically, the curriculum structure in the Doctoral Program in Communication Studies at the Faculty of Communications Unpad which is currently running is based on the Regulation of the Chancellor of the University of Padjadjaran Number 50 of 2016 concerning Guidelines for Masters and Doctoral Education at the University of Padjadjaran and the Decree of the Chancellor of the University of Padjadjaran Number 555 of 2020 concerning Guidelines for Doctoral Education in Padjadjaran University environment.
- Based on the two Rector’s Regulations and the Decree of the Chancellor of the University of Padjadjaran, the implementation of the Doctoral Program at the University of Padjadjaran, including at Fikom Unpad, more mainstreams the provision of research-based learning experiences as the substance of learning. Doctoral program students are required to have the ability and competence to carry out scientific research that is relevant to their knowledge and is realized in their doctoral dissertation, the results of which must be published in part or in whole in reputable international journals. To support this, the Doctoral Program in Communication Studies Fikom Unpad collaborates with institutions from within and outside the country, for example by organizing international seminars and lectures with guest lecturers from abroad, for example through collaboration with the Asian Network for Public Opinion Research (ANPOR). Doctoral program students are also directed to actively participate in various international webinars and seminars. In addition, the Doctoral Program in Communication Studies, Fikom Unpad, also accepts students from abroad (Afghanistan and Nigeria) which are managed by the University.
- To evaluate the achievement of learning outcomes, the Doctoral Program in Communication Studies Fikom Unpad evaluates lecturers and students, receives input from the results of tracer studies to graduates and graduate users and periodically reviews curriculum, materials and course learning materials. The results of this evaluation are then used to update modules and teaching materials.
Overall the weight of the credits that must be taken and completed by each student of the Communication Science Doctoral Program Fikom Unpad amounted to 42 credits. The total number of credits is distributed into the following courses: Doctoral Qualification Competence with a weight of 12 credits consisting of Philosophy of Science courses, Communication Theory, Quantitative Research Methods, and Qualitative Research Methods which weigh 3 credits each; Research Proposal Seminar (SUR) weighing 5 credits; Research Results Seminar (SHR) weighing 5 credits; Dissertation Manuscript Review (PND) is 6 credits; Publication of Scientific Articles in reputable international journals weighing 9 credits; and Doctoral Promotion Session (SPD) weighing 5 credits. The entire credit load must be completed in a maximum of seven years or 14 semesters. If converted to ECTS, the number of credits is equivalent to 75.16 ECTS. In the context of a pandemic, learning is carried out hybridly, synchronously and asynchronously, and all sessions are held online.
Based on the Dean’s Decree of the Faculty of Communication Science, Padjadjaran University No. 1692/Year 2023 regarding the Establishment of the Semester Credit System (SKS) Equivalence of the Faculty of Communication Science, Padjadjaran University with the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS), it is determined that 1 SKS is equivalent to 1.8 ECTS