Communications and Media Studies - A6003

Communications and Media Studies

Expert master degree

As students plan studies amid difficult and changing global circumstances, Monash University remains committed to offering flexibility and choice. If you're unable to start this course in Australia, due to COVID-19 restrictions we have additional study options available.

  • This course is available as part of our new online November intake. You can start your degree in November 2020 and complete four units before the academic year commences in March 2021. Learn how you can accelerate your studies with our new November Intake.
  • You can also start this course on-campus at Monash University Malaysia in semester one 2021, then continue in Australia once restrictions are eased. Find out more.

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.

As the most established program of its type in Australia, the Master of Communications and Media Studies has built up a long record of success. Ranked No.19 in the world in the QS World University Rankings by Subject for 2014, the program draws strongly on specialist expertise and focuses on fostering industry ready graduates.

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.

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At a glance

Course Details

Location
  • On-campus at Caulfield: Full time
  • On-campus at Malaysia: Full time
Duration
1 year/1.5 years/2 years (full time), depending on prior qualifications. See entry requirements.
Start date
First Semester (February) - Malaysia and Caulfield campus, Second Semester (July) - Caulfield campus only
Qualification
Master of Communications and Media Studies
Course Handbook

Entry Requirements

If you are located in Malaysia, you can start this course on-campus at Monash University Malaysia in semester one 2021, then continue in Australia once restrictions are eased. Find out more.

You need to satisfy the following entrance requirements to be considered for entry to this course.

Minimum Entry Requirements (International students)

Qualifications

Depending on prior qualifications:

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; 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 50TOEFL Internet-based test: 79 Overall score, with minimum scores: Reading 13, Listening 12, Speaking 18 and Writing 21 Equivalent approved English test

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

The course is structured in five parts.

A research pathway is also available for students seeking eligibility to apply for Higher Degree Research (HDR) studies.

Making the application

Future students

Semester one (February)

Apply directly to Monash using course code A6003

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Semester two (July) - Caulfield campus only

Apply directly to Monash using course code A6003

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Self assess for credit eligibility

Check for study credit using the "Credit search" link on the Credit for prior study page

Fees

Fees are subject to change annually.

International fee

Fees are per 48 credit points which represents a standard full-time course load for a year.

A$35,000

Scholarships

We offer over 360 types of scholarships, valued at up to $280,000. Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course. Learn more about Monash Scholarships.

Other costs and fees

For information on other study costs and fees, see other study costs.

Enrolment Obligations

International students enrolling in a CRICOS-registered course can study no more than one third (33%) of their course by distance and/or online learning. Students must enrol in at least one unit that is not by distance and/or online in each compulsory study period unless the student is completing the last unit of their course. See standard 8.19 and 8.20 of National Code of Practice for Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2018.

CRICOS code: 082653F