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Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 3 2019 close 3 November 2019
Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 1 2020 close 23 February 2020
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The Master of Communication empowers you to confidently and creatively develop strategic communications that shape opinion.
With a strong focus on evolving technologies, critical thinking and problem solving, you’ll develop the technical skills and knowledge needed to be a future leader in the rapidly changing media and communications landscape.
Advances in technology and the speed of information distribution has made proactive communications experts more sought-after than ever – why not graduate with a degree that puts you ahead of the pack? Whether you’re looking to upskill, change roles or challenge yourself in a new discipline, the Master of Communication will enhance your understanding of the fluid media landscape while training you to be a thought leader and influencer across all sectors in the industry.
Broaden your repertoire of communication skills by working on briefs that simulate the cut and thrust of modern media campaigns, and tailor your degree to your career goals by undertaking intensive study in one of the following specialisations, or choosing to undertake aspects of all of the specialisations:
- Public relations
- Digital media
- Television production
- Visual communication design
Speaking of practical, hands-on learning, you’ll have the opportunity to put theory into practice in world-class facilities with access to a newsroom, TV production facilities (where the Marngrook Footy Show is filmed), sound recording studios and news feeds.
Plus, if you’re a student specialising in public relations, you might be eligible to graduate with PRIA membership, making you even more employable.Read More
To qualify for the award of Master of Communication, students must successfully complete 16 credit points of study comprising:
Core Communication Program (4 credit points)
Students must complete a common foundation program in contemporary professional communication focusing on key communication concepts and applied research methods, studying these two units in either order in the first year of study:
- ACX701 Communication Concepts (2 credit points)
- ACX702 Applied Research Methods for Communication (2 credit points)
Specialisation (8 credit points)
Students must complete 8 credit points from one specialisation, to provide in-depth knowledge and professional expertise in a sub-field of communication, completing both of the following:
- four one-credit-point specialisation-specific units selected from one only of five specialisations (Digital Media; Journalism; Public Relations; Television Production; or Visual Communication); and
- a four-credit-point professional capstone program including a mandatory research project whose topic is relevant to that specialisation
Electives (4 credit points)
Students select 4 credit points of electives from any specialisation in the course to create a distinctive degree to advance their professional careers and/or extend their academic knowledge in related areas. Students may complete up to two electives from any equivalent postgraduate course at Deakin University.
Students seeking PRIA accreditation for their degree must complete at least two credit points of electives using ALR-coded units, unless advised otherwise.
Professional capstone program
Students will either take option A or option B noting that option B requires approval of the Course Director; most students will normally complete option A
Or an elective related to the research project where no appropriate internship is available
(Only by approval of Course Director, based on performance in ACX703, and agreement of supervisor)
Refer to the details of each specialisation for availability.
Television Production (Burwood campus only)
2020 course information
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
Trimester 3 - November
- Start date: November
- 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.
Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.
Elective units may provide the opportunity for Work Integrated Learning experiences.
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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
Entry will be based on performance in:
- a Bachelor degree or other qualification at a higher AQF level in any discipline OR
- other evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent
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 and how to apply for credit.
Fees and scholarships
Learn more about fees and your options for paying.
The available fee places for this course are detailed above.
Tuition fees are determined by your enrolment:
- If you are offered a full fee paying place, your tuition fees are calculated based on your course.
- If you are offered a Commonwealth supported place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the units you choose. Not all courses at Deakin have Commonwealth supported places available.
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 8 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 fees and available payment options.
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The estimated course fee is based on the tuition fee costs applicable to a domestic full time student commencing the course in Trimester 1 and studying full time for the duration of the course but:
- does not include non-tuition costs that may apply, such as Student Services and Amenities Fees (SSAF);
- does not take into account any scholarships or bursaries awarded to the student (including the 15% Deakin Alumni Postgraduate Course Fee Bursary);
- assumes the maximum number of units that need to be successfully completed. Actual number completed may be reduced if Recognition of Prior Learning is granted;
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- assumes that the options that the user selects are appropriate for the course of study that they intend to undertake;
- where fees are estimated for future years those fee will be subject to annual increases in accordance with increases in the cost of course delivery.
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.
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.
How to apply
To learn more about what the Master of Communication at Deakin has to offer, download our course flyer.
For more information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage. If you're still having problems, please contact us for assistance.
Please complete the Register your interest form to receive further information about our direct application opportunities.
Students will undertake a capstone research design and preparation unit worth one-credit-point, resulting in the completion of a professional practice-focused research project for an industry audience. An academic research project (scholarly thesis) option is also available. Students who undertake the academic research project will be eligible to apply for a PhD.
- 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)
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Am I eligible for a scholarship with this course?
Scholarships are available for domestic and international students at all study levels. Find a scholarship that works for you.
Can I claim recognition of prior learning (RPL) for this course?
In some courses, you can reduce your overall study time and tuition cost by getting your work and previous study experience recognised as recognition of prior learning (RPL).
Why choose Deakin
Want a degree that’s more than just a qualification? Our industry connections, world-class facilities and practical approach to learning are just some of the reasons why Deakin students graduate confident and ready to thrive in the jobs of tomorrow.
The diverse skill set you’ll develop throughout your Master of Communication can take you just about anywhere, from media agencies and newsrooms, to publications and government organisations. You may even choose to be a consultant, or freelance from your favourite place in the world.
Your degree will prepare you for a variety of roles, including:
- PR practitioner
- Media adviser
- Communication officer or coordinator
- Communication consultant or manager
- Producer - Project officer in government
- Technical writer - Content writer or developer
- Social media specialist
Not everyone knows where they’ll be in five or ten years' time. We’ll train you to be flexible throughout your career by placing a greater emphasis on transferable skills - like strategic communication, critical thinking and social responsibility - that make you a more valuable prospect.
That means if your passions change in the future, you’ll feel confident and well-equipped to make your move.
For more information go to 'DeakinTALENT
PRIA membership is available to graduates who specialise in public relations and complete a PR-related research project.
Find out more at Public Relations Institute of Australia.
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
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, Public Relations, Digital Media, 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 across a range of specialist areas of communication and in scholarly research.|
|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 industries.|
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.
|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.|
|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 November 2017
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