Master of Communication

Course summary for international students

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Award granted Master of Communication
Cloud (online)Yes
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2)

Indicative annual fee 2015$24,300* AUD
LevelHigher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
CRICOS course code084000E
IELTS Requirement

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

Deakin course code A743
Faculty contacts

Deakin International
Tel +61 3 9627 4877
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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 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

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.

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.

* The 'indicative annual course fee' cited has been provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline.
The actual fees charged by Deakin University will depend upon the discipline from which each individual unit is chosen, and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2015 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 service.
Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on 'indicative course fees' to calculate the total future cost of their course. 

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.

Course rules

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

Either

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

Or

  • 8 credit points of Cross-disciplinary Study

Plus

8 credit points of core units in theory, methods and advanced research (see below, Research Project)

Specialisations

Refer to the details of each specialisation for availability.

Journalism

Public Relations

Television Production

Visual Communication Design

Cross Disciplinary Study

Plus

8 credit points of core units in theory, methods and advanced research 

Research Project

Entry requirements - specific

To be eligible for entry into the Master of Communication applicants require a bachelor degree from an approved tertiary institution or equivalent:

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.

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. (more details)

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

Credit for prior learning - general

If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for credit transfer. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your credit transfer.
Your credit transfer is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

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

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 deakin-int-admissions@deakin.edu.au

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)
 

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