Master of Communication

Postgraduate coursework

Expand your understanding of communications by undertaking a Master of Communication - a postgraduate course from Deakin.

Key facts

English language requirements

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

Duration

2 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Current Deakin Students

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

Course information

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 skills by working on projects that simulate the cut and thrust of contemporary professional communications, and tailor your degree to your career goals by undertaking intensive study in one of the following specialisations, complemented by course electives:

- Journalism

- 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 Deakin's digital newsroom, TV production facilities (where the Marngrook Footy Show is filmed), sound recording studios and graphic design facilities.

Plus, if you’re a student specialising in Public Relations, you are eligible for course-accredited membership of the Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA).

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Course structure

To qualify for the award of Master of Communication, students must successfully complete 16 credit points of study comprising:

  • Academic Integrity AAI018
  • Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit) plus;

    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 five specialisations (Digital Media; Journalism; Public Relations; Television Production; 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.

    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.

    Core units

  • Communication Concepts ACX701 (2 credit points)
  • Applied Research Methods for Communication ACX702 (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 ACX703
  • Professional Research Project 1 ACX707
  • Professional Research Project 2 ACX708
  • Communication and Creative Arts Internship ACC700
  • Or an elective related to the research project where no appropriate internship is available

    Option B

    (Only by approval of Course Director, based on performance in ACX703, and agreement of supervisor)

  • Developing a Communication Research Project ACX703
  • Academic Research Project 1 ACX704
  • Academic Research Project 2 ACX705
  • Academic Research Project 3 ACX706
  • Specialisations

    Refer to the details of each specialisation for availability.

    Journalism

    Public Relations

    Television Production  (Burwood campus only)

    Visual Communication Design

    Digital Media

    Key information

    Award granted
    Master of Communication
    Year

    2020 course information

    Deakin code
    A743
    CRICOS code?
    084000E
    Level
    Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
    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 9.

    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.

    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

    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

    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

    If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for credit transfer. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your credit transfer.
    Your credit transfer is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

    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

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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. 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.


    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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    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

    Career outcomes

    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

    - Journalist

    - 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 communications, critical thinking and problem-solving - 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

    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.

    Communication

    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.

    Digital literacy

    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.

    Critical thinking

    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.

    Problem solving

    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.

    Self-management

    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.

    Teamwork

    Demonstrate initiative and accountability in working and learning collaboratively in professional communications practice and scholarly contexts.

    Global citizenship

    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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