Graduate Diploma of Journalism

Postgraduate coursework

Enhance your creativity, critical thinking and analytical skills and learn advanced communication frameworks with a Graduate Diploma of Journalism.

Key facts

English language requirements

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


This course is 1 year full-time or part-time equivalent duration.


Current Deakin Students

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

Course information

Build specialised and multidisciplinary skills to thrive in an evolving industry with the Graduate Diploma of Journalism. Hone your craft in professional standard newsrooms, connect with leading journalists from day one and graduate with an impressive portfolio of work.

Want to be a multi-skilled communicator and content creator, capable of reporting stories with impact across multiple platforms?

Journalism is in a state of change. Emerging media platforms, the rise of fake news and a dynamic 24/7 news landscape have increased the demand for accurate, versatile and adaptable journalists. A changing industry creates opportunities for those with future-focused skills in critical thinking and analysis, research and investigation, interviewing, writing and reporting and the ability to innovate and connect with diverse audiences across a range of media. Deakin’s Graduate Diploma of Journalism trains you in these very skills, preparing you for success no matter where your career takes you.

The course’s focus on cross-platform content creation ensures you graduate as a multi-skilled communicator. Develop skills in:

  • multimedia journalism
  • investigative journalism
  • feature writing
  • news practice and analysis, and more.

By building experience across different platforms and styles of journalism, you can confidently navigate the diverse challenges of your future career and move seamlessly between different roles as your interests change. Elective units add another layer of flexibility to your degree and give you the chance to study units from any other postgraduate course in Deakin’s School of Communication and Creative Arts. Enhance your repertoire by studying complementary units in digital media, design, creative writing, public relations or television production.

On top of technical skills, you’ll learn about the ethical demands of the modern journalist, and discover what it takes to report accurately and with integrity in an age of misinformation.

You’ll get hands-on, early and often, with access to industry-standard facilities like our professional television studio with green screens and live streaming capabilities, editing suites, media resource centre and state-of-the-art newsroom, streaming news from around the world. In addition, you can pitch and produce stories for our very own student publication, DScribe, and secure an industry placement, giving you the chance to produce content alongside established professionals, work to deadlines and build valuable industry connections.

While there are many exciting career pathways for graduates, there are also opportunities for further study upon successful completion of the course. If you’re interested in deepening your journalism expertise and building even more industry experience, you might like to articulate into Deakin’s Master of Communication.

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Course structure

To qualify for the award of Graduate Diploma of Journalism, students must successfully complete:

  • 6 credit points in Journalism from the units listed below, plus
  • 2 credit points of electives, plus
  • AAI018 Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)

Core Units

  • Media Law and Ethics
  • Multimedia Journalism
  • Broadcast Journalism
  • Global Journalism
  • Investigative and Narrative Journalism
  • Feature Writing
  • Newsroom Practice
  • Communication and Creative Arts Internship
  • Electives

    Electives may be chosen from the remaining units above or from any other postgraduate course in the School of Communication and Creative Arts. Students who intend to move from the Graduate Diploma into the Master of Communication are strongly advised to take ACX701 Communication Concepts for their two elective credit points.

    Key information

    Award granted
    Graduate Diploma of Journalism

    2022 course information

    Deakin code
    CRICOS code?
    046736B Burwood (Melbourne)
    Postgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
    Approval status

    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.

    Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition

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

    Campuses by intake

    Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Cloud Campus

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Cloud Campus

    Additional course information

    Course duration - additional information

    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. Click here for more information.

    Work experience

    Elective units may provide the opportunity for Work Integrated Learning experiences.

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    Admission Requirements Specific Entry will be based on performance in:

    • a Bachelor Degree in any discipline OR
    • a Graduate Certificate in any discipline OR
    • at least two years of relevant work experience (or part-time equivalent)

    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. (more details)

    Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories. To be eligible for admission to this program, applicants must meet the course requirements.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

    Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library

    Recognition of prior learning

    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.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    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.

    One year full-time study load is typically represented by eight credit points of study. 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 your course.

    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 tuition fees.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship might change your life. If you've got something special to offer Deakin – or you just need the financial help to get you here – we may have a scholarship opportunity for you.

    Search or browse through our scholarships

    Postgraduate bursary

    If you’re a Deakin alumnus commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 10% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees.

    Learn more about the 10% Deakin alumni discount

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    How to apply

    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

    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 Journalism or Professional Communication.

    Highest same discipline award held at point of Grad Dip entry Reduction in course duration Remaining course duration
    Bachelor, Bachelor (Honours) same discipline 0.5 year (4 credit points) 0.5 year or part-time equivalent (4 credit points)

    Alternative exits


    Career outcomes

    The Graduate Diploma of Journalism is designed for people looking to break into journalism and the media and communications industries, as well as current journalists who want to upskill, network and progress to more advanced or diversified roles.

    The course recognises that media professionals of the future require versatile skills that allow them to adapt to the changing needs of the industry. Whether you want to work in newspapers, digital media, radio, television, specialist publishing or corporate communications, the course provides you with the multidisciplinary skills and knowledge needed to develop engaging stories and content across all platforms, including traditional and emerging media.

    Graduates are prepared to pursue work across a wide range of industry sectors, including:

    • multimedia businesses
    • sports media
    • government departments and not-for-profit organisations

    You'll also have the freedom to work as an employee or as a freelancer. You can explore roles as a:

    • news reporter
    • mobile journalist
    • producer
    • editor or sub-editor
    • blogger
    • copywriter
    • corporate communicator or media advisor.

    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

    Demonstrate a specialised, developed knowledge of how to identify, research, plan and produce newsworthy stories suitable for print, broadcast and online media and advanced skills for analysing theoretical issues raised by news stories and the social role of journalism, both nationally and internationally.


    Demonstrate advanced communication skills, including the specialised, developed ability to interview, write, produce and present stories for print, broadcast and online media in a style appropriate for the specific publication and audience and to write and present material for both professional and scholarly contexts.

    Digital literacy

    A specialised, developed knowledge of how to conduct academic and news related research and critically analyse, synthesise and disseminate this information using a range of technologies, including social media, for a variety of local and global audiences.  

    Critical thinking

    Demonstrate advanced understanding of how to select, critically analyse and evaluate information relating to scholarly contexts, as well as the construction of news stories.

    Demonstrate a specialised, developed awareness of different publication styles and media audiences in Australia and internationally.

    Problem solving

    An advanced knowledge of how to critically analyse unpredictable and sometimes complex problems and situations and generate pragmatic and creative solutions in professional and scholarly contexts. 


    Demonstrate initiative and resourcefulness when sourcing and following-up news stories. Demonstrate autonomy, responsibility and accountability under time pressure and an ongoing commitment to reflective learning about journalism and journalistic practice.


    Demonstrate a developed knowledge of how to work collaboratively with journalistic colleagues, other professionals and community members and build personal contacts and networks.  

    Global citizenship

    Demonstrate specialised legal, ethical and cultural knowledge when engaging in journalistic practice in a range of diverse cultural, social and political environments. 

    Approved by Faculty Board November 2017