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Master of Communication

Postgraduate coursework

Be prepared for communication roles of the future. Work on projects that mimic real industry briefs and advance your current skill set.

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Key facts

Duration

2 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Key dates

Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 2 2024 close 23 June 2024

Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 3 2024 close 27 October 2024

Current Deakin Students

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

Course overview

The media and communications landscape is ever-changing, frequently in a state of flux. Future-proof your communications career – advance your current skill set, delve into contemporary research and develop the critical knowledge required to become a leader in this rapidly evolving industry.

Ready to become a highly sought-after, communications practitioner with thoroughly honed strategic and problem-solving skills?

With unprecedented advancement in technology and the increasing globalisation of business enterprises, strategic communication and critical thinking skills are a highly-valued, modern day commodity. Deakin’s Master of Communication will place you ahead of the game and empower you to thrive in roles that influence and shape opinion.

Tailor your degree to your career goals – specialise in advertising, journalism, public relations, digital media, sports media or visual communication design, with complementary electives. Enjoy a flexible, supported and stimulating learning environment, while collaborating with like-minded students, including those already working in industry. Learn from experienced staff and experts in the field, who ensure our course content stays up to date with the latest technological advances, industry demands and market conditions.

Explore theoretical concepts and frameworks and learn how to apply them in a practical setting. With internship and work-integrated learning (WIL) opportunities available, you can enhance your employment capabilities while expanding your professional networks.

As part of a professional capstone program, you will undertake a research project designed for an industry or scholarly audience under the guidance of academic supervision.

Whether you’re looking to upskill, change roles or challenge yourself in a new discipline, you will graduate as a holistic and reflexive communications practitioner well-prepared for the inevitable industry advances, challenges and opportunities yet to come.

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Course information

Award granted
Master of Communication
Year

2024 course information

Deakin code
A743
CRICOS code?
084000E Burwood (Melbourne)
Level
Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition

The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9

Course structure

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 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 six specialisations (Advertising; Digital Media; Journalism; Public Relations; Sports Media; or Visual Communication Design); 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 including stackable short courses (0.5cp microcredentials), subject to eligibility.

Students seeking course-accredited PRIA membership for their degree must complete at least two credit points of electives using ALR-coded units, unless advised otherwise.

4

Core communication program credit points

8

Specialisation and capstone credit points

4

Elective credit points

16

Total

Core units

  • Communication Concepts (2 credit points)
  • Applied Research Methods for Communication (2 credit points)
  • 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

    Option A

    • Developing a Communication Research Project
    • Professional Research Project 1
    • Professional Research Project 2
    • Communication and Creative Arts Internship

    Or an elective related to the research project where no appropriate internship is available

    Option B

    (Only by approval of Course Director, achievement of a Distinction or higher average in previous coursework including ACX703, and agreement of supervisor)

    • Developing a Communication Research Project
    • Academic Research Project 1
    • Academic Research Project 2
    • Academic Research Project 3

    Stackable short courses

    Mix and match Deakin short courses (0.5 cp microcredentials) to earn up to 2 credit point(s) of open electives, subject to eligibility. Any stacking must add up to a whole number to be used for credit. See more information on Deakin short courses options.

    Specialisations

    Refer to the details of each specialisation for availability.

    Advertising

    Digital media

    Journalism

    Public relations

    Sports media

    Visual communication design

    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:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Online

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Online

    Trimester 3 - November

    • Start date: November
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Online

    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.

    Work experience

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

    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 in any discipline

    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:

    Admissions information

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    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

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
    $25,000 for 1 yr full-time - Full-fee paying place
    Learn more about fees and your options for paying.

    The available fee places for this course are detailed above. 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 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 fees and available payment options.

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    Learn more about the 10% Deakin alumni discount

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    Research Information

    Students will undertake a capstone research design and preparation unit worth one-credit-point, resulting in the completion of a professional practice-focused project for an industry audience. An academic research project (scholarly thesis) option is also available. Students who undertake the academic research project may be eligible to apply for future PhD study.

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    Careers

    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.

    Top 1% of universities for communication and media studies worldwide*

    *2017 QS World University Rankings

    #1 in Victoria for student satisfaction^

    ^AGS 2010–2015, QILT 2016–2018

    Flexible online study options available

    Learn from teachers who are leaders in their industry

    Career outcomes

    Now more than ever is a great time to be in the media and communications industry. From media agencies and newsrooms, to publications, community relations and government organisations, anywhere in the world – the career opportunities are vast.

    Our Master of Communication prepares you for roles such as:

    • advertising account manager
    • brand communication copywriter
    • communications consultant or researcher
    • corporate affairs director
    • investigative journalist
    • media adviser or planner
    • public relations specialist
    • social media manager
    • sports media producer, journalist or commentator
    • visual designer.

    For more information go to 'DeakinTALENT'

    Professional recognition

    Students specialising in public relations may qualify for accredited membership of the Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA) by completing 6 credit points of ALR-coded units in addition to their PR-related research project.

    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 expert knowledge of contemporary communication methods in one or more specialist areas including Journalism, Public Relations, Digital Media, Sports Media, and Visual Communication Design, and in scholarly contexts.

    Communication

    Use expert, specialised skills to communicate across a range of platforms and share knowledge and research findings with diverse audiences, in a way that has impact in professional and scholarly contexts.

    Digital literacy

    Utilize generic and specific digital technologies to address a range of communication needs in research and professional contexts and for diverse audiences within and outside the communication industries.

    Critical thinking

    Critically analyse and evaluate complex ideas in communication theory, develop appropriate methodologies for application in industry or academic research projects, and communicate conclusions in the context of professional decision-making and scholarship.

    Problem solving

    Analyse, evaluate, and critique complex information in order to identify problems and develop creative solutions in a range of professional practice and scholarly contexts.

    Self-management

    Employ high level autonomy, accountability and initiative in responding creatively to new situations in professional communication practice and/or in the completion of a substantial research-based project.

    Teamwork

    Work and learn collaboratively in professional communication practice and in scholarly contexts, including exercising initiative and accountability as a team member.

    Global citizenship

    Critically reflect on communication-related issues 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 May 2023

    ** QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020