Communications and Media Studies - A6003

Communications and Media Studies

Expert master degree

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 & part time
  • On-campus at Malaysia: Full time & part time
Note:

Offshore international students can start this course by enrolling in on-campus mode and studying remotely while waiting to travel to Australia

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 and October Intake
Qualification
Master of Communications and Media Studies
Course Handbook

Industry advantage

You'll be taught by leading experts and hear from some of the best industry connections in the field. Take advantage of professional enhancement units, plus professional internships for credit with our 400+ providers, and graduate with every advantage to take the next step in your career.

Flexible study

On-campus and selected flexible online options available. Complete in as short as one year, or study part-time (domestic only). Choose from early evening classes and intensive several week block units – we have multiple options to suit you.

The annual Monash Creative Directions Festival gives Masters students the insights and connections they need to succeed. It is a festival of ideas and practical know-how exploring critical issues shaping the nature of work in the contemporary media, cultural and communications industries.

Entry Requirements

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

Minimum Entry Requirements (Domestic 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 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 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.

Note Please note: The fee information displayed is based on the 2021 rates and should only be used as a guide.

Full fee

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

A$24,200

Fee assistance

As a full fee-paying student, you may be eligible to apply for the optional FEE-HELP to assist you to pay all or part of your tuition fees.

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.