Master of Communication

Postgraduate coursework

Expand your understanding of communications by undertaking Deakin's postgraduate course, the Master of Communication.

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Key facts

Duration

1-2 years full time or part time equivalent depending on your entry point

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Course information

Deakin's Master of Communication is a stimulating course which provides you with advanced knowledge of and skills in the professional communication and media industries. The course is designed for those wanting to enter industry or those already in industry wanting to gain or add to their qualifications for career advancement prospects.

Taught by staff expert and experienced in the field, the Master of Communication aims to develop graduates who can confidently and creatively position themselves at the forefront of business and as future leaders in the rapidly changing and globalised media and communications environment. The course recognises the advances in communication technologies and the increasing globalisation of business enterprises.

You can study intensively in specialist areas including Journalism, Public Relations, Digital Media, Television Production or Visual Communication Design, or choose to undertake elective units from across these disciplines.

The flexible course structure allows you to build on your knowledge base so you can move across professional fields, acknowledging that a broader range of skills is required to remain competitive in the ever-changing professional communication industry environment. All students complete either a professional practice-focused research project or major scholarly thesis as part of their capstone studies within the course.

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Course structure

To qualify for the award of Master of Communication, students must successfully complete 16 credit points of study comprising:

  • Academic Integrity AAI018
  • Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit) plus;

    Core Communication Program (4 credit points)

    Students must complete a common foundation program in contemporary professional communication focusing on key communication concepts and applied research methods, studying these two units in either order in the first year of study:

    • ACX701 Communication Concepts (2 credit points)
    • ACX702 Applied Research Methods for Communication (2 credit points)
    Specialisation (8 credit points)

    Students must complete 8 credit points from one specialisation, to provide in-depth knowledge and professional expertise in a sub-field of communication, completing both of the following:

    • four one-credit-point specialisation-specific units selected from one only of five specialisations (Digital Media; Journalism; Public Relations; Television Production; or Visual Communication); and
    • a four-credit-point professional capstone program including a mandatory research project whose topic is relevant to that specialisation
    Electives (4 credit points)

    Students select 4 credit points of electives from any specialisation in the course to create a distinctive degree to advance their professional careers and/or extend their academic knowledge in related areas. Students may complete up to two electives from any equivalent postgraduate course at Deakin University.

    Students seeking PRIA accreditation for their degree must complete at least two credit points of electives using ALR-coded units, unless advised otherwise.

    Core units

  • Communication Concepts ACX701 (2 credit points)
  • Applied Research Methods for Communication ACX702 (2 credit points)
  • Professional capstone program

    Students will either take option A or option B noting that option B requires approval of the Course Director; most students will normally complete option A

    Option A

  • Developing a Communication Research Project ACX703
  • Professional Research Project 1 ACX707
  • Professional Research Project 2 ACX708
  • Communication and Creative Arts Internship ACC700
  • Or
    an elective related to the research project where no appropriate internship is available

    Option B

    (only by approval of Course Director, based on performance in ACX703, and agreement of supervisor)

  • Developing a Communication Research Project ACX703
  • Academic Research Project 1 ACX704
  • Academic Research Project 2 ACX705
  • Academic Research Project 3 ACX706
  • Specialisations

    Refer to the details of each specialisation for availability.

    Journalism

    Public Relations

    Television Production  (Burwood campus only)

    Visual Communication Design

    Digital Media

    Key information

    Award granted
    Master of Communication
    Year
    2019 course information
    Deakin code
    A743
    CRICOS code?
    084000E
    Level
    Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
    Approval status
    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
    Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognition
    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9.

    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

    Trimester 3 - November

    • Start date: November
    • 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.

    Participation requirements

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.

    Work experience

    Elective units may provide the opportunity for Work Integrated Learning experiences.

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    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    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 or other qualification at a higher AQF level in any discipline OR
    • other evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
    $20,600 for 1 yr full-time - Full-fee paying place
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    Postgraduate bursary

    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.

    Learn more about Deakin’s 15% postgraduate bursary

    Graduate outcomes

    Career outcomes

    Deakin's Master of Communication will advance your career prospects in one of the fastest growing groups of industries with potential employment in content production companies, multimedia businesses, government agencies, marketing and entertainment industries, public relations, and social and market research entities.

    For more information go to DeakinTALENT

    Professional recognition

    Students completing a Public Relations specialisation and a PR-related research project may be eligible for membership of the Public Relations Institute of Australia.  

    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

    Acquire advanced and integrated understanding of one or more complex knowledge domains relating to professional communication.

    Demonstrate expert knowledge and specialist skills in contemporary communication methods, and their application in one or more specialist areas of communication including Journalism, Public Relations, Digital Media, Television Production and Visual Communication Design and in scholarly contexts.

    Communication

    Use specialist cognitive and technical skills in communicating ideas, problems and arguments in a variety of modes across a range of specialist areas of communication and in scholarly research.

    Digital literacy

    Acquire specialist skills in generic and specific digital technologies used to address a range of communication needs in research and professional contexts and for diverse audiences within and outside the communications industries.

    Critical thinking

    Acquire expert cognitive skills in the analysis and critical evaluation of communications theory and its application in professional practice and scholarship.

    Demonstrate the ability to evaluate complex ideas, develop appropriate methodologies and communicate conclusions in the context of professional decision-making and scholarship.

    Problem solving

    Use expert and specialised knowledge of and skills in communications to identify, investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems and concepts and develop creative solutions in professional practice and scholarly contexts.

    Self-management

    Employ high level autonomy, accountability and initiative in responding creatively to new situations in professional practice and/or in the completion of a substantial research-based project.

    Teamwork

    Demonstrate initiative and accountability in working and learning collaboratively in professional communications practice and scholarly contexts.

    Global citizenship

    Acquire high-level understanding and the ability to reflect on issues in communications in both domestic and global contexts as a scholar and in professional practice, 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

     

    Application information

    How to apply

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    Research Information

    Students will undertake a capstone research design and preparation unit worth one-credit-point, resulting in the completion of a professional practice-focused research project for an industry audience. An academic research project (scholarly thesis) option is also available. Students who undertake the academic research project will be eligible to apply for a PhD.

    Entry pathways

    If you have a Bachelor’s degree in the same discipline area, you may be eligible for credit for 4 credit points (units) which means you need to complete 1.5 years full time or part-time equivalent (12 credit points) If you have a Bachelor’s degree (honours) in the same discipline area, you may be eligible for credit for 8 credit points (units) which means you need to complete 1 years full time or part-time equivalent (8 credit points) If you have a Graduate Certificate in the same discipline area, you may be eligible for credit for 4 credit points (unit) which means you need to complete 1.5 years full time or part-time equivalent (12 credit points) If you have a Graduate Diploma in the same discipline area, you may be eligible for credit for 8 credit points (units) which means you need to complete 1 years full time or part-time equivalent (8 credit points)

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    A shorter course duration is available to students entering from a same discipline background.  A ‘same discipline’ background award for this course is any tagged Bachelor degree (min 3 years) or Bachelor degree (min 3 years) with a major sequence in Advertising, Communication, Entertainment Production, Film Studies, Film Production, Graphic Design, Journalism, Mass Communication, Media Studies, Media and Communication, Professional Communication, Public Affairs, Public Relations, Screen Studies, Screen Production, Television Production, Visual Communications Design.

    Alternative exits

    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.

    Faculty contact information

    Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries

    Burwood (Melbourne) 
    Tel 03 9246 8100
    artsed@deakin.edu.au

    Cloud (online) 
    Tel 03 5227 1359
    artsed@deakin.edu.au  

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