Master of Communication

Course summary for local students

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Year2015 course information
Award granted Master of Communication
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud (online)Yes

This course is 2 years full-time or part-time equivalent duration. Please see the Pathways section below for more information.

Next available intake

March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester2)

Indicative annual fee 2015$20,280* - Full-fee paying place
LevelHigher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
Faculty contacts

Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries

Burwood (Melbourne) 
Tel 03 9246 8100

Cloud (online) 
Tel 03 5227 1359  

CRICOS course code084000E
Deakin course code A743

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Master of Communication is a stimulating course which creates professionals with advanced knowledge of communication, theory, analysis, research and skills. The course recognises the advances in communication technologies and the increasing globalisation of business enterprises.

The course is designed for those wanting to enter the professional communication industry and those already in the industry wanting to gain or add to their qualifications for career advancement prospects.

You can select to undertake specific and intensive training in the areas of journalism, TV production, visual communication design or public relations with the possibility of cross disciplinary exploration in media and communication. The coherent and flexible course structure allows you to build on your knowledge base so you can move across professional fields. The course acknowledges that a broader range of skills is required to remain competitive and maintain competencies in the industry.

Professional recognition

Students taking the Public Relations stream may qualify for membership of the Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA) by completing 6 credit points of ALR-coded units.

Fees and charges

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study.

Fee paying place - Domestic (DFP)
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.
Fee paying places are available to domestic students. Domestic students are those who are Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of a permanent visa.

*Indicative course fees should be used as a guide only. Deakin University assumes no responsibility for persons relying on indicative course fees to calculate the total future cost of their course. The indicative course fee is an estimate based on a typical enrolment a student may have for their first year of study in 2014 for their course. The indicative course fee is based on historical first year enrolments within the course, reflecting the discipline cluster of the units which may be studied within the course. The actual fees charged will depend on the individual units chosen. The cost of each unit can be viewed from the Unit Search. Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and services.

Career opportunities

In addition to the traditional public relations and media positions, as a graduate of this course you may find employment in the specialised areas of public affairs, corporate affairs, community relations, customer relations, investor relations, employee relations, publicity, government relations, media relations and crisis and issues management.

If you are already practising in a field such as journalism, media and communication, TV production, visual communication design and public relations, this course gives you the opportunity to move across professional fields by upgrading your qualifications and refreshing or advancing your professional skills.

For more information go to My Course My Career

Course rules

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


  • 8 credit points in one of the specialisation options (Journalism, Public Relations, Television Production, Visual Communication Design) 


  • 8 credit points of Cross-disciplinary Study


  • 2 credit points of core units; and
  • A further 6 credit points of core units in research methods and independent research writing. 


Refer to the details of each specialisation for availability.


Public Relations

Television Production

Visual Communication Design

Cross Disciplinary Study

Course structure

Year 1

ACX701Communication Concepts (2 credit points)

ACX702Communication Research Methods (2 credit points)


4 credit points of units from your chosen specialisation or 4 credit points from cross disciplinary study

Year 2

ACX703Advanced Communication Research A

ACX704Advanced Communication Research B

ACX705Advanced Communication Research C

ACX706Advanced Communication Research D


4 credit points of units from your chosen specialisation or 4 credit points from cross disciplinary study

For course map see

Entry requirements - specific

Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (min. 3 years) in any discipline area or approved international equivalent.

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.

To be eligible for admission to this program, all applicants must also meet the minimum English language requirements, see here.


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 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 Communication Design.

Highest same discipline award held at point of Masters entry Reduction in course duration Remaining course duration
Bachelor, same discipline 0.5 year (4 credit points) 1.5 years full-time, or part-time equivalent (12 credit points)
Bachelor (Honours), same discipline 1 year (8 credit points) 1 year full-time, or part-time equivalent (8 credit points)
Graduate Certificate, same discipline 0.5 year (4 credit points) 1.5 years full-time, or part-time equivalent (12 credit points)
Graduate Diploma, same discipline 1 year (8 credit points) 1 year full-time, or part-time equivalent (12 credit points)

Credit for prior learning - general

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.

How to apply

Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal.  Details of available courses and application closing dates can be found on the Apply webpage. 

Alternate exits

Graduate Certificate of Communication (A539)
Graduate Diploma of Communication (A639)
Graduate Diploma of Journalism (A649)
Graduate Diploma of Public Relations (A643)
Graduate Diploma of Television Production (A637)
Graduate Diploma of Visual Communication Design (A638)