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What will I learn?

Unprecedented change in communications and media content, forms, technology and policy in the last decade has wide-ranging implications for business, politics, public administration and everyday life. The Master of Communications and Media Studies builds your understanding of changing global contexts of media and communication practices. You will gain a critically informed understanding of key issues affecting the global communications industry focusing on the challenges posed by the emergence of digital media, globalisation and increasing levels of cross-cultural exchange. Industry engagement through guest speakers, internships, and opportunities for site visits in Australia and abroad will enhance your knowledge and professional competency.

The course is particularly relevant to those employed or seeking employment in communications and media industries (for instance, electronic journalism, policy formulation, public relations, or tourism marketing), as well as those who wish to expand their expertise for teaching purposes or further study.

You will be introduced to the latest developments and research in communications and media – including in social and online media – always with a view to "real world" application. Study units feature guest professional speakers in conjunction with industry focussed field trips to media outlets in Sydney, Melbourne, New York, Hong Kong and Shanghai.

In the Master of Communications and Media Studies course, you will have the opportunity to undertake industry internships in Australia and overseas. For example, students in our program have recently completed internships with the United Nations in New York and with Shandong Television in China.

This full-time course is also offered on-campus in the below location:

Malaysia Campus

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts

CRICOS

082653F

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
A$35,000.00 (18,73,662) per year
Start date

25 October 2021, 28 February 2022, 25 July 2022

Venue

Caulfield campus

900 Dandenong Road,

CAULFIELD EAST,

Victoria,

3145, MELBOURNE, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Relevant Bachelor degree or equivalent. English language requirements: IELTS Academic: 6.5 (Reading: 6.0, Listening: 6.0, Writing: 6.0, Speaking: 6.0); TOEFL paper-based: 550 (Test of written English: 4.5); TOEFL internet: 79 (Reading: 13, Listening: 12, Writing: 21, Speaking: 18); Pearson Test of English (Academic): 58 (No PTE communicative skills score below 50); Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 176 (No skill score below 169); Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): 176 (No skill score below 169).

For international students

Entry level 1: 96 points to complete Duration: 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time

An Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent) with at least credit (60%) average, or equivalent qualification and experience approved by the faculty.

Entry level 2: 72 points to complete Duration: 1.5 years full-time, 3 years part-time

An Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent) in a cognate discipline including humanities or social sciences with at least credit (60%) average, or equivalent qualification and experience approved by the faculty.

Or

An Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent) and an Australian graduate certificate (or equivalent) in a cognate discipline including humanities or social sciences with at least a 50 percent average in both qualifications; or equivalent qualification and experience approved by the faculty.

Entry level 3: 48 points to complete Duration: 1 years full-time, 2 years part-time

An Australian bachelor honours degree (or equivalent) in a cognate discipline including humanities or social sciences with at least credit (60%) average, or equivalent qualification and experience approved by the faculty.

English entry requirements

Level A

IELTS (Academic): 6.5 Overall score, with minimum band scores: Listening 6.0, Reading 6.0, Writing 6.0 and Speaking 6.0

Pearson Test of English (Academic): 58 Overall score, with minimum scores: Listening 50, Reading 50, Speaking 50 and Writing 50

TOEFL Internet-based test: 79 Overall score, with minimum scores: Reading 13, Listening 12, Speaking 18 and Writing 21

Paper-based TOEFL 550 Test of written English: 4.5

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) 176 No skill score below 169
Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) 176 No skill score below 169

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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