Bachelor of Communication (Honours)

Course summary for international students

Year2016 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Communication (Honours)
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Cloud (online)Yes

1 year full time

Next available intake

March (Trimester 1)

Fee paying annual fee - commencing 2016$26,000 AUD
CRICOS course code083986K
IELTS Requirement

IELTS overall score of 6.5 (with no band score less than 6) or equivalent

Deakin course code A451
Faculty contactsDeakin International
Tel +61 3 9627 4877
Online enquiry

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Bachelor of Communication (Honours) is a one year degree designed to provide students with advanced academic and professional skills for employment in the communications industries and as a pathway for further learning. The course offers a fourth year of study to graduates of Deakin’s Bachelor of Communication degrees in Entertainment Production, Public Relations, Media and Journalism.

The Bachelor of Communication (Honours) provides students with the opportunity to undertake advanced study and applied research in the areas of Entertainment Industries, Media Industries, Journalism and Public Relations following successful completion of a three-year bachelor degree. The Bachelor of Communication (Honours) will enable students to broaden and deepen professional knowledge and skills through advanced scholarly engagement with communication theories and models applied to professional practice; the degree will emphasise applied research.

Cloud (online) studies

Deakin offers many courses which can be studied by distance education overseas.

However, international students living in Australia must, in each compulsory trimester (that is, Trimesters 1 and 2), enrol in at least one unit that is offered as a Campus located unit and can, in addition enrol in units offered via Cloud (online). International students are not permitted to do more than 25% of their total course via Cloud (online) learning. Best practice is to enrol in mostly Campus located units in each compulsory trimester.

In a non-compulsory trimester (Trimester 3), international students may study Cloud (online) units only.

Fees and charges

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is considered a standard full time load for one year. Each unit you study has an EFTSL value. You can add these together to calculate your study load each year. Depending on enrolment, you may be enrolled in more than or less than the one EFTSL each year.

Fee paying place - International (IFP)
A fee paying place is one for which the University does not receive any Government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute the full cost of their course.

Fees for international students apply to persons living in Australia with Temporary Resident status, provided that there is no limitation on study and persons living abroad who are not Australian citizens and do not have Permanent Resident status in Australia.

The actual course fees charged by Deakin University, is based on the course and the study load (EFTSL) being undertaken. The study load (EFSTL) value of each unit offered in 2016 can be viewed from the Unit Search.

The fees per course/unit/credit point may be otherwise subject to an annual increase due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.

This indicative and annual course fees provided are a guide only. No representation is made that the information provided is current or accurate. Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on indicative course fees to calculate the total future cost of their course. Applicants can email au for more information about 2016 fees.

Course rules

To qualify for the award of Bachelor of Communication (Honours) students must complete 8 credit points of core units. These may be completed in a single year of full-time study (4 credit points per Trimester over 2 Trimesters) or part-time equivalent.

Course structure

ACO410Communication Research Methods (2 credit points)

ACO411Communication Concepts (2 credit points)

ACO412Advanced Communication Research A

ACO413Advanced Communication Research B

ACO414Advanced Communication Research C

ACO415Advanced Communication Research D


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Entry requirements - general

General admission requirements for entry into undergraduate courses for international students at Deakin are summarised in the undergraduate admission requirements table (194kb).
Some courses may have additional entry requirements.
Students must also meet the undergraduate English language requirements.

Entry requirements - specific

In order to be considered for admission to an honours degree, applicants must have completed the requirements the Bachelor of Arts undergraduate degree or equivalent, and have results that indicate they are capable of undertaking an honours program in their undergraduate major sequence.

Students must have completed a major in the discipline or interdisciplinary area in which they wish to specialise in the honours course. Entry is based on a number of factors, including an average grade of Distinction or High Distinction in the Bachelor of Arts particularly in the discipline in which they want to study Honours and the availability of supervision.

IELTS / English language requirements

Please note that English language requirements exist for entry to this course and you will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies.

It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses. (more details)

How to apply

Tracking your application
If you have already applied and wish to enquire about your application please refer to the relevant area through which you originally applied.

  • If you applied through a Deakin representative please contact your representative.
  • If you applied through a Deakin International office please contact