Master of Communication
Course summary for local studentsClick here for the international course option
|Year||2015 course information|
|Award granted||Master of Communication|
|Campus||Offered at Burwood (Melbourne)|
|Length||2 years full-time or part-time equivalent|
|Next available intake|
March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester2)
|Indicative annual fee 2015||$20,280* - Full-fee paying place|
|Level||Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)|
Arts and Education Postgraduate Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries
Tel 03 9246 8100
or 03 5227 1359
Nina Weerakkody, +61 3 52271340,
Contact the Course Director for matters relating specifically to the academic content of this course - all enrolment related queries must go to the Student Services Office.
|CRICOS course code||084000E|
|Deakin course code||A743|
- Course overview
- Professional recognition
- Fees and charges
- Career opportunities
- Course rules
- Entry requirements - specific
- Credit for prior learning - general
- How to apply
- Alternate exits
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.
STUDENTS TAKING PUBLIC RELATIONS STREAM ONLY: Students 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.
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.
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
8 credit points of core units in theory, methods and advanced research (see below, Research Project)
Refer to the details of each specialisation for availability.
8 credit points of core units in theory, methods and advanced research
Entry requirements - specific
Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (min. 3 years) in any discipline area or approved international equivalent.
Admission is available through a number of categories. In all admission categories, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record. For more information on Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.
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.