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What will I learn?

Overview

The UNSW Master of Journalism and Communication is a two-year full-time postgraduate university degree in contemporary journalism, media studies and communications.

Key features

Make an impact

Through this degree, you’ll learn the concepts that underpin ethical journalism and put them into practice through professional experience. Alongside this, you’ll have the opportunity to take electives with experts in the humanities, including globalisation, politics and climate change.

Research project

In your final semester of study, you'll have the option to devise and independently undertake a major research project.

Prepare for the professional world

Through our student-led news platform, Newsworthy you’ll have the opportunity to build a portfolio of real-world journalism. As you learn by doing, you’ll be mentored by seasoned industry professionals, including Connie Levett, former Digital Editor at The Sydney Morning Herald.

You’ll also undertake a media internship as part of the degree through which you’ll gain up to 150 hours work experience with a host organisation, giving you industry experience and connections.

Learn with technology

UNSW focuses on learning through new and emerging technologies to ensure you’re experienced with the tools you’ll use as a professional. Our facilities contain the most current technologies, including media production equipment, advanced software and mobile journalism kits.

Deep critical thinking

You’ll be taught by research leaders with significant industry experience, who will guide you in understanding and critiquing the past, present and future of our media landscape. ​ Understanding how journalism and communications relate to national and global politics, government, corporate communication, and digital media will enable you to predict shifts in Australian and global media industries, setting you up for dynamic and adaptable career.

Future careers

Whether you’re an industry professional wanting to progress your career, or you’re hoping to move into the journalism, news and media industries, you’ll graduate from the Master of Journalism and Communication with the confidence, experience and knowledge to go after what you want.

Potential careers

You’ll learn dynamic knowledge and adaptable skills, setting you up for diverse career paths in:

Journalism
Public relations
Corporate communications
Digital media
Film, television and radio
Government roles
Education

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture

CRICOS

083249K

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
A$38,160.00 (US$ 27,230) per year
AUD $80,240 for the entire course

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

14 February 2022, 30 May 2022, 12 September 2022

Venue

UNSW Sydney - University of New South Wales

Kensington Campus,

High Street, Kensington,

UNSW SYDNEY,

New South Wales,

2052, SYDNEY, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

The equivalent of a three-year undergraduate degree plus a postgraduate degree in a relevant discipline from UNSW with an overall average grade of at least 75 (Distinction), OR the equivalent of multiple undergraduate degrees (e.g. a dual degree) from UNSW with at least one in a relevant discipline and an overall average grade of at least 75 (Distinction).

For international students

One-year accelerated program/ Stream A

You’ll need one of the following:

Bachelor degree (or equivalent qualification) in a relevant discipline with a record of academic achievement equivalent to a UNSW credit average of 65%, plus one year relevant professional experience.
Honours degree or Graduate Diploma* (or equivalent qualification) in a relevant discipline with a record of academic achievement equivalent to a UNSW credit average of 65%.

1.7 year program/ Stream B

You’ll need one of the following:

Bachelor degree (or equivalent qualification) in a relevant discipline, with a record of academic achievement equivalent to a UNSW credit average of 65%.
Bachelor degree (or equivalent qualification) in any discipline with a record of academic achievement equivalent to a UNSW credit average of 65%, plus one year relevant professional experience.
Honours degree or Graduate Diploma (or equivalent qualification) in any discipline with a record of academic achievement equivalent to a UNSW credit average of 65%.

Two-year program/ Stream C

You’ll need:

Bachelor degree (or equivalent qualification) in any discipline with a record of academic achievement equivalent to a UNSW credit average of 65%.

It is expected that a Graduate Diploma will have been completed after an undergraduate degree.

English Language Requirements:

IELTS: 7.0 overall (min. 6.0 in each subtest); TOEFL IBT (Internet Based): 94 overall (min. 25 in writing, 23 in reading, listening and speaking); Pearson (PTE - Academic): 65 overall (min. 54 in each subtest); C1 Advanced Cambridge: 185 overall (min. 169 in each subtest); C2 Proficiency Cambridge: 185 overall (min. 180 in each subtest); UNSW Global University English Entry Course (UEEC): Successful completion with a minimum overall grade of B and a minimum grade of C in the writing component.

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

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About UNSW Sydney - University of New South Wales

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