Graduate Diploma of Public Relations

Postgraduate coursework

With a Graduate Diploma of Public Relations, you'll study key research methods and learn the cultural and ethical implications of PR. Apply to study today.

Key facts

English language requirements

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


1 year full-time or part-time equivalent duration. Please see the Pathways section below for more information.


Current Deakin Students

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

Course information

With a Graduate Diploma of Public Relations, you will study key research methods and learn about the social, cultural and ethical implications of public relations activity. Public relations is about influencing the behaviour, beliefs or attitudes of people, which means there is significant power and responsibility in the hands of public relations professionals. You will develop an understanding of the role of public relations in contemporary society and learn how to design and implement public relations campaigns, reach global audiences, and manage stakeholder expectations while dealing with anticipated or unexpected events.

The course exposes you to the theories and models at work behind public relations practice and allows you to critically analyse existing campaigns. From strategy development and public relations writing to effective reputation and issues management, you will develop the skills to tackle the everyday challenges in this growing field.

On completion of the course, you may choose to continue your studies by seeking credit towards Deakin's Master of Communication.

Read More

Course structure

To qualify for the award of Graduate Diploma of Public Relations, students must successfully complete 6 credit points from the course electives list A below and 2 credit points of electives.

Electives may be chosen from the remaining units below or from any other postgraduate course in the School of Communication and Creative Arts. Students who intend to move from the diploma into the Master of Communication are strongly advised to take

  • Communication Concepts ACX701
  • for their two elective credit points.

    Students must also complete:

    AAI018 Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)



    Core units


    Elective units



    Course Electives List A

  • Public Relations Campaigns ALR700
  • Public Relations Writing and Tactics ALR701
  • Marketing Communication ALR710
  • Public Relations Theory and Practice ALR731
  • Reputation Management: Crisis, Risk and Responsibility ALR704
  • Public Relations, Activism and Social Change ALR718
  • Public Affairs and Opinion Formation ALR782
  • Advertising Theory and Practice ALR733
  • Communication and Creative Arts Internship ACC700
  • Creating Your Arts Business ACA715
  • Electives

    2 credit points of electives chosen from the remaining units above or from any other postgraduate course in the School of Communication and Creative Arts.

    Key information

    Award granted
    Graduate Diploma of Public Relations

    2020 course information

    Deakin code
    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:
      • Cloud Campus

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • 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

    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

    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)

    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 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 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 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.

    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 15% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees. Your Immediate Family Members may also be eligible to apply for this bursary.

    Learn more about Deakin’s 15% postgraduate bursary

    Apply now

    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. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

    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 Public Relations, Professional Communication or Public Affairs.

    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

    Why choose Deakin

    Career outcomes

    This course is designed to equip graduates with the knowledge, skills and understanding to obtain challenging positions in the expanding field of public relations.

    Promising career opportunities exist for public relations professionals in industry and commerce, government, community and education institutions, hospitals, health and welfare organisations, special interest groups, cultural organisations consumer affairs and public relations consultancies.

    Professional recognition

    Students completing the Graduate Diploma of Public Relations are eligible for course-accredited membership of the Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA).

    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

    Analyse and critically evaluate theoretical approaches to public relations practice and issues including the need to understand current social and legal norms, policies and practices, in the local, national and global context.

    Understand the role and function of communication practitioners across sectors.

    Identify techniques of persuasive communication and its value in public relations tactics and acquire skills to apply these techniques.

    Evaluate the effectiveness of contemporary public relations strategies and tactics.


    Effectively communicate analyses, findings and strategies in public relations to a range of audiences using written, digital and oral formats.

    Digital literacy

    Identify and utilise a range of generic digital communication technologies and specific digital technologies employed by public relations professionals to address communication needs for diverse audiences and to deliver reports and presentations to audiences within and outside the public relations field.

    Critical thinking

    Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the ethical and legal issues surrounding public relations. Analyse and critically evaluate theoretical approaches to public relations practice and issues.

    Understand and apply current social and legal norms, policies and practices, in the local, national and global context.

    Critically evaluate the effectiveness of contemporary public relations strategies and tactics.

    Problem solving

    Employ specialised knowledge, initiative and creativity in conjunction with evidence-based communication methods to generate innovative approaches and solutions to complex, real-world issues within the professional public relations environment.

    Acquire expertise in the formulation, design, implementation and evaluation of public relations strategies and tactics.


    Demonstrate autonomy, responsibility, accountability and a continued commitment to learning and skills development in the field of public relations.


    Work and learn collaboratively with colleagues and real-world (external) clients and others from different disciplines and backgrounds while still maintaining responsibility for your own learning.

    Global citizenship

    Develop an advanced knowledge of ethical, legal, cultural and societal issues within the public relations discipline.

    Analyse and address communication issues in a domestic and global context as a reflective scholar and practitioner, taking into consideration cultural and socio-economic diversity, social and environmental responsibility and the application of the highest ethical standards.

    Approved by Faculty Board November 2017


    Still haven't found what you are looking for?