Master of Communication

Course summary for international students

Year2017 course information
Award granted Master of Communication
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud CampusYes
Length2 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

2016: November (Trimester 3)

2017: March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2), November (Trimester3)

Fee paying annual fee - commencing 2017$27,040 for 1 yr full-time AUD
CRICOS course code084000E
LevelHigher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
English language requirements

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

Deakin course code A743
Approval statusThis course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognitionThe award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9.
Faculty contacts

Deakin International
Tel +61 3 9627 4877
Online enquiry

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Gain advanced analytical, research and communication skills by undertaking multi-disciplinary Master of Communication degree. Explore the different specialisations offered at Deakin University today.

Deakin’s Master of Communication is a stimulating course which creates professionals with advanced knowledge of and skills in communications and media industries. The course recognises the advances in communication technologies and the increasing globalisation of business enterprises. 

You can choose to undertake intensive study in the areas of Journalism, TV production, Visual Communication Design, Public Relations or Digital Media, or undertake cross-disciplinary units from 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 media and cognate industries. All students complete a professional research project designed for business or creative audience under the guidance of an academic supervisor. 

Deakin’s Master of Communication will advance your career prospects in one of the fastest growing group of industries such as content production companies, multimedia businesses, government agencies, marketing and entertainment industries, public relations, and social and market research entities. Students who undertake 4 credits in the independent scholarly research project will be eligible to apply for a PhD.

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

The tuition fees you pay are calculated depending on the course you choose.

The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.

Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

Learn more about fees and available payment options.

Course Learning Outcomes

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, Professional Writing, Public Relations, Television Production and Visual Communication Design and in scholarly contexts


Use specialist cognitive and technical skills in communicating ideas, problems and arguments in a variety of modes in a range 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 industry

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 


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


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 May 2014


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 (Digital Media, Journalism, Public Relations, Television Production, Visual Communication Design)


    > 8 credit points of Cross-disciplinary Study which must be drawn from at least 3 or more of the following areas of study: Digital Media, Journalism, Public Relations, Television Production or Visual Communication Design


 2 credit points of research methods (ACX702)

 2 credit points of communication concepts (ACX701); and 


   > A further 4 credit points of independent scholarly research project (ACX703, ACX704, ACX705, ACX706)


   > 2 credit points of independent professional practice project (ACX707, ACX708); and

   > 2 credit points of elective units from any of the specialisations in the course

Research information

Students will undertake a practice-based research methods and design unit worth 2 credit points and a significant independent research project worth 4 credit points resulting in the completion of a major creative work and exegesis. A two credit point research project option is available. 


Refer to the details of each specialisation for availability.


Public Relations

Television Production  (Burwood campus only)

Visual Communication Design

Digital Media

Course structure

Core units

ACX701Communication Concepts (2 credit points)


Research units

ACX702Applied Research Methods for Communication (2 credit points)

ACX703Advanced Communication Research A

ACX704Advanced Communication Research B

ACX705Advanced Communication Research C

ACX706Advanced Communication Research D

Professional Practice Units

ACX707Professional Practice Research 1

ACX708Professional Practice Research 2

Course Map

Course Map

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 should check the Entry and English Language requirements.

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.

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

Alternate exits

Graduate Certificate of Communication (A539)
Graduate Diploma of Communication (A639)
Graduate Diploma of Digital Media (A634)
Graduate Diploma of Journalism (A649)
Graduate Diploma of Public Relations (A643)
Graduate Diploma of Television Production (A637)
Graduate Diploma of Visual Communication Design (A638)