Bachelor of Communication (Honours)

Undergraduate degree

Undertake a year of specialist study of your chosen communication discipline. Work with experienced researchers to gain sought-after knowledge.

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Key facts


1 year full-time


Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course overview

Undertake a year of specialist study in the communication discipline that interests you most (advertising, journalism, public relations, digital media) with the Bachelor of Communication (Honours). Drawing on the theory and practical skills gained throughout your undergraduate degree, you will work with experienced researchers and a dedicated supervisor to develop and research your own project, gaining valuable research skills and advanced knowledge sought after by employers.

Honours is an optional year of study that allows you to combine the theory and practical skills gained throughout your undergraduate degree.

You will engage with theories and concepts in your chosen discipline, explore various research methods and then design a research project that you will carry through to its fruition under the guidance of an experienced academic supervisor. You will improve your critical and constructive thinking and gain practical research skills that you can use in a range of private and public sectors to positively impact issues you care about.

Do you want to specialise in a particular aspect of communication?

Working with a dedicated supervisor on a research project with real-world application, you can specialise in any facet of communication you're passionate about, including:

  • advertising
  • digital media
  • journalism
  • public relations.

Combine coursework along with your research project by engaging with theories and concepts in your chosen discipline. Use the opportunity this course brings to showcase your talents and work ethic to potential employers across a range of sectors.

After graduating, you can further your studies in research or professional practice by applying for direct entry into the second year of the Master of Communication by coursework, a Master of Arts by Research, or you could pursue a PhD.

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Course information

Award granted
Bachelor of Communication (Honours)

2024 course information

Deakin code
CRICOS code?
083986K Burwood (Melbourne)
Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition

The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8

Course structure

To qualify for the award of Bachelor of Communication (Honours) students must complete 8 credit points of core units. These may be completed in a single year of full-time study (4 credit points per Trimester over 2 Trimesters) or part-time equivalent. Students must also complete

  • Academic Integrity Module DAI001
  • Academic Integrity Module (0-credit-point compulsory unit)


  • Communication Research Methods (2 credit points)
  • Communication Concepts (2 credit points)
  • Advanced Communication Research A
  • Advanced Communication Research B
  • Advanced Communication Research C
  • Advanced Communication Research D
  • Intakes by location

    The availability of a course varies across locations and intakes. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Check each intake for up-to-date information on when and where you can commence your studies.

    Trimester 1* - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Online*
      • Burwood (Melbourne)*

      * Next intake available in 2025

    *The next intake into this course will be Trimester 1, 2025

    Deakin splits the academic year into three terms, known as trimesters. Most students usually undertake two trimesters each year (March-June, July-November).

    Additional course information

    Course duration

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

    Mandatory student checks

    Any unit which contains work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, Working with Children Check or other check.

    Participation requirements

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. More information available at Disability support services.

    Entry requirements

    Selection is based on a holistic consideration of your academic merit, work experience, likelihood of success, availability of places, participation requirements, regulatory requirements, and individual circumstances. You will need to meet the minimum academic and English language proficiency requirements to be considered for selection, but this does not guarantee admission.

    Academic requirements

    To be considered for admission to this degree you will need to meet the following criteria:

    • completion of a bachelor degree or higher or major in a related discipline with a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) (or equivalent average grade indicator) of at least 65 in third year units, or where relevant, final year units. 

    English language proficiency requirements

    To meet the English language proficiency requirements of this course, you will need to demonstrate at least one of the following:

    • Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) English Units 3 and 4: Study score of 25 in English as an Additional Language (EAL) or 20 in any other English
    • IELTS overall score of 6.0 (with no band score less than 6.0) or equivalent
    • other evidence of English language proficiency (learn more about other ways to satisfy the requirements)

    Admissions information

    Learn more about Deakin courses and how we compare to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning.

    Online studies

    Deakin offers many courses which can be studied by distance education overseas.

    However, international students living in Australia on a student visa, in each compulsory trimester (that is, Trimesters 1 and 2), must enrol in at least one unit that is offered as a Campus located unit and can, in addition enrol in units offered online. International students may undertake a maximum of up to one third (or equivalent) of their study as online study. Please note enrolment in one face to face unit in compulsory study periods is only allowed if the student is completing their final unit of study and will not exceed maximum one third (or equivalent) online requirement.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    The tuition fees you pay are determined by the course you are enrolled in.

    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 Recognition of prior learning you have.

    Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together eight 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 international student fees.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

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    Apply through Deakin

    Applications can be made directly to the University through StudyLink Connect - Deakin University's International Student Application Service. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply web page.

    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage.
    If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.

    Entry pathways

    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 Recognition of prior learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.


    Career outcomes

    Work across a range of industries from public relations, multimedia production and journalism, to advertising and marketing communication.

    Deakin graduates find work across various organisations in the following roles:

    • advertising art director
    • advertising copywriter
    • brand manager
    • digital marketing or media specialist
    • digital media designer
    • event operations manager
    • illustrator
    • journalist
    • marketing and communications officer
    • media analyst
    • media and communications adviser
    • public relations manager
    • social media coordinator
    • tourism officer.

    For more information go to DeakinTALENT.

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

    Apply advanced theoretical and methodological insight to critical analysis and evaluation of the Australian media system and communication policies and practices.


    Utilise high-level communication skills to coherently and ethically articulate arguments and ideas to professional, scholarly and media audiences in accordance with practitioner and academic standards.

    Digital literacy

    Utilise a range of technologies and digital platforms to research and analyse complex communication problems, and to develop and disseminate communication products and projects for diverse audiences and stakeholders.

    Critical thinking

    Apply high-level independent critical and analytical judgement in the evaluation and theorisation of communication issues and practices in professional and scholarly contexts.

    Problem solving

    Apply advanced knowledge of communication theories, concepts and methodologies in identifying issues and problems in communications and providing solutions through research and professional practice.


    Exercise autonomy, responsibility, accountability and a continued commitment to learning and skills development in professional and scholarly contexts.


    Work and learn collaboratively with students from different disciplines and backgrounds, including working effectively in different roles in professional communication teams.

    Global citizenship

    Operate ethically, responsibly and with awareness of diverse social, cultural, economic and political contexts in research and as a professional in the communications industry.

    Approved by Faculty Board September 2019