Master of Communication

Course summary for international students

Year

2016

Award granted Master of Communication
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud (online)Yes
Length2 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

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

Fee paying annual fee - commencing 2016$26,000 AUD
LevelHigher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
CRICOS course code084000E
English language requirements

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
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. Upon completion of Master of Communication, you 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

Fee paying place - International
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.

The actual course fee charged by Deakin University, is based on the course and the study load being undertaken. The annual fee above is based on eight credit points (which equals one Equivalent Full Time Study Load - EFTSL). If your study load for the year is less than or more than eight credit points, your fees will be adjusted accordingly. To calculate the fee for each unit, take the applicable course fee above, divide it by eight, then multiply it by the credit point of the unit you are studying. To find the credit point and EFTSL value of each unit, go to the Handbook Unit Search.

This 'Fee paying annual fee' is provided as a guide only. The actual course fee charged by Deakin University, is based on the course and the study load (EFTSL) being undertaken.

The fees per course/unit/credit point may be otherwise subject to an annual increase due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.

This information is provided as a guide only. No representation is made that the information provided is current or accurate. Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on indicative course fee to calculate the total future cost of their course. Applicants can email enquire@deakin.edu.au for more information about 2016 fees.

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

Or

    > 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

Plus

   >  2 credit points of core units; and

   >  A further 6 credit points of core units in research methods and independent research writing

Specialisations

Refer to the details of each specialisation for availability.

Digital Media

Journalism

Public Relations

Television Production  (Burwood campus only)

Visual Communication Design

Course structure

Core units

ACX701Communication Concepts (2 credit points)

Core Research Units

ACX702Communication Research Methods (2 credit points)

ACX703Advanced Communication Research A

ACX704Advanced Communication Research B

ACX705Advanced Communication Research C

ACX706Advanced Communication Research D

 

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 must also meet the minimum 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. 

Pathways

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 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

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)