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With a Graduate Diploma of Public Relations, you'll study key research methods and learn the cultural and ethical implications of PR. Apply to study today.
Understand the role of public relations in contemporary society and learn how to design and implement public relations campaigns.
You’ll examine the theories and models that work behind major campaigns and critically analyse existing campaigns. From press release writing to effective marketing communication, you’ll get the skills to tackle the everyday challenges in this growing field.
The growth of global technology and social media has allowed reputations to be altered at a rapid pace and issues amplified to reach global audiences. You’ll learn the necessary hands-on skills to manage stakeholder expectations while dealing with anticipated or unexpected events.
Public relations is about influencing the behaviour, beliefs or attitudes of people, which means there is a lot of power and responsibility in the hands of PR professionals. This course teaches you how to appreciate the social, cultural and ethical implications of public relations activity.
Once you complete this exciting course, you may choose to continue your studies and get credit in our Master of Communication.
Graduates are eligible for membership of the Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA).Read More
To qualify for the Graduate Diploma of Public Relations, a student must successfully complete 6 of the units listed below and 2 electives.
Electives may be chosen from the remaining units below or from any other postgraduate course in the School of Communication and Creative Arts; students who intend to move from a diploma to a Masters are strongly advised to take
All students are require to complete:
AAI018 Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)
The Graduate Diploma of Public Relations is accredited by the Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA).
Campuses by intake
Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.
Trimester 1 - March
- Start date: March
- Available at:
- Burwood (Melbourne)
- Cloud Campus
Trimester 2 - July
- Start date: July
- Available at:
- Burwood (Melbourne)
- Cloud Campus
Additional course information
Course duration - additional information
Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.
Mandatory Student Checks
Any unit which contains work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, Working with Children Check or other check.
Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.
Elective units may provide the opportunity for Work Integrated Learning experiences.
Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories. In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.
All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.
Entry will be based on performance in:
- a Bachelor Degree in any discipline OR
- a Graduate Certificate in any discipline OR
- at least three years of relevant work experience (or part-time equivalent)
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library.
Fees and scholarships
Learn more about fees and your options for paying.
The available fee places for this course are detailed above.
Tuition fees are determined by your enrolment:
- If you are offered a full fee paying place, your tuition fees are calculated based on your course.
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You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.
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A Deakin scholarship might change your life. If you've got something special to offer Deakin – or you just need the financial help to get you here – we may have a scholarship opportunity for you.
If you’re a Deakin alumni commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 15% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees. Your spouse and members of your immediate family may also be eligible to apply for this bursary.
This course is designed to equip graduates with the knowledge, skills and understanding to obtain challenging positions in the expanding field of public relations.
Promising career opportunities exist for public relations professionals in industry and commerce, government, community and education institutions, hospitals, health and welfare organisations, special interest groups, cultural organisations consumer affairs and public relations consultancies.
For more information go to DeakinTALENT
Graduates of the Graduate Diploma of Public Relations are eligible for membership of the Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA).
Course learning outcomes
Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.
Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes
Course Learning Outcomes
Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities
Analyse and critically evaluate theoretical approaches to Public Relations practice and issues including the need to understand current social and legal norms, policies and practices, in the local, national and global context.
Understand the role and function of communication practitioners across sectors.
Identify techniques of persuasive communication and its value in Public Relations tactics and acquire skills y to apply these techniquesEvaluate the effectiveness of contemporary Public Relations strategies and tactics.
|Effectively communicate analyses, findings and strategies in Public Relations to a range of audiences using written, digital and oral formats.|
|Identify and utilise a range of generic digital communication technologies and specific digital technologies employed by Public Relations professionals to address communication needs for diverse audiences and to deliver reports and presentations to audiences within and outside the Public Relations field.|
Demonstrate advance understanding of ethical and legal issues surrounding Public Relations.
Analyse and critically evaluate theoretical approaches to Public Relations practice and issues. Understand and apply current social and legal norms, policies and practices, in the local, national and global context.
Critically evaluate the effectiveness of contemporary Public Relations strategies and tactics.
Employ specialized knowledge, initiative and creativity in conjunction with evidence-based communication methods to generate innovative approaches and solutions to complex, real world issues within the professional Public Relations environment.Acquire expertise in the formulation, design, implementation and evaluation of a Public Relations strategies and tactics.
|Demonstrate autonomy, responsibility, accountability and a continued commitment to learning and skills development, in the field of Public Relations.|
|Work and learn collaboratively with colleagues and real world (external) clients and others from different disciplines and backgrounds while still maintaining responsibility for their own learning.|
Develop an advanced knowledge of ethical, legal, cultural and societal issues within the Public Relations discipline.Analyse and address communication issues in a domestic and global context as a reflective scholar and practitioner, taking into consideration cultural and socio-economic diversity, social and environmental responsibility and the application of the highest ethical standards.
Approved by Faculty Board November 2017
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Credit for prior learning
The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.
You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.