Master of  Communication

Program code: 5334

Delivery location

St Lucia


1.5 Years full-time (or part-time equivalent)


Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)

The Master of Communication is designed for graduates and professionals looking to deepen their knowledge of communication dynamics and develop practical professional skills.

  • This 18-month master's program is suitable for those with a qualification in the same area and who can meet minimum GPA requirements, or those with a suitable degree and at least two years of professional experience – see Program Details.
  • Choose between two specialised fields: Communication for Social Change or Strategic Communication. You will gain the skills to design and implement communication strategies across a range of applications.
  • Focus on social change theory and practice and explore ways communication can change attitudes and behaviour. Alternatively, design professional communication solutions while expanding your engagement, crisis planning and critical thinking skills.
  • Undertake a combination of advanced level coursework and research, with the option of choosing to complete a research project or thesis on a topic of your choice. You will put theory into practice and apply what you've learned as you develop your ideas.

Develop highly valuable communication skills and set yourself up for career success in a range of communication industries.

  • Fast Facts

    World rankings

    Study at a top university for media and communication – UQ was ranked 27th in the world in the 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

  • Teaching staff

    Learn from the best

    Many of our lecturers are award winning teachers and researchers, meaning you will be educated by experts in the field and have access to the latest research.

  • Alumni
    The most interesting aspect of the Master of Communication (Communication for Social Change) program is how it balances theory with practice. I found the courses to be accommodating for my future work because not only did it equip me with the skills to leverage communication in social change processes, but, most importantly, it enhanced my perspectives and helped me to think more critically and methodically. Additionally, it exposed me deeper to participatory video and community radio, both of which are topics that I would like to study more about in the future. Enggar Paramita, Master of Communication (Communication for Social Change) (2017)
  • Alumni
    The Master of Communication (Public Relations and Professional Communication) program has trained my introvert personality to do public speaking, handle media, pitch campaigns and write effectively in English. Furthermore, this program advanced my professional views by giving both perspectives of ideal and critical public relations. In short, this program has empowered me to be an agent of change for my government. Puspa Ningrum , Master of Communication (Public Relations and Professional Communication) (2017)

Fields of study for this program

There are 2 fields of study available in the Master of Communication.

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Career outcomes

Graduates with a specialisation in Communication for Social Change work as private consultants, or find communication and facilitation specialist roles in government, non-government, community-based organisation, and international research and development organisations.

Graduates with a specialisation in Public Relations and Professional Communication are well equipped for diverse roles in public relations and marketing communication consultancies, not-for profit organisations and government bodies, including organisational communication, crisis management, government relations, social media management and political campaigning roles.


  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    1.5 Years full-time (or part-time equivalent)
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
    Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 9

Admissions criteria


Approved degree in the same discipline with a GPA of 5; or

GCCommun* or GDipCommun* with a GPA of 5; or

Approved degree in any discipline with a GPA of 5 and have at least 2 years of professional full-time work experience relevant to the chosen field of study.

*Please note the GCCommun or GDipCommun can only be used as the basis of entry into the program if you already have an existing approved degree in the same discipline.

Learn more about the admissions process

Program structure


The courses offered in the Master of Communication are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#).

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Master of Communication. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Early exit points

Depending on your choice of courses, it might be possible to withdraw from the Master of Communication at an early exit point and graduate with one of the following awards:

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, please see Programs and Courses for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Fields of study

The following is a list of fields of study available in the Master of Communication.

When you graduate, any fields of study you have finished will be listed on your degree certificate.

Communication for Social Change

This field of study provides an in-depth understanding of communication for social change theory and practice. It will explore the different ways in which communication can be leveraged to bring about change in attitudes, behaviour and knowledge in individuals and communities. It will analyse the ways in which participation can make a difference in the planning, implementation and evaluation of development processes, the key role played by culture in social change, and contemporary uses of community media and ICTs in the facilitation of change. It is designed to strengthen critical skills, build capacities for work in the state, inter-governmental and NGO sectors, and build research excellence.

Strategic Communication

This fields provides students with the skills of professionally analysing communication situations and professionally designing solutions to communication problems. It also teaches the skills required to plan and implement a professional public relations campaign (including goal-setting, budgeting and evaluation); the skills of audience and public opinion analysis; a range of communication theories; and an understanding of how globalisation and the emerging information economy is impacting upon public relations practices.

You should refer to the Program Rules for more information. A full definition of "field of study" is available in the Policies and Procedures Library.

Government assistance


Domestic students who are accepted into the Master of Communication pay tuition fees.

FEE-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their tuition fees.

Find out more about FEE-HELP.

Centrelink Support

The Australian Government offers a number of income-support payments to eligible Australian university students. For more information, visit the Centrelink website.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $26,600
Indicative fee 2019

An indicative annual fee is the average cost of enrolling in the Master of Communication at 2019 fee rates. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units per academic year. The average fee would be less for part-time study. Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses, their unit value and the time you take to complete this program.

Fees may be higher in later years as all fees are reviewed annually.

Visit Student contributions and tuition fees for more information.


The University offers more than 200 scholarships for prospective students and more than 350 scholarships and prizes for current students.

Scholarships cover the full range of academic disciplines and are open to domestic students and international students.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

Applying online

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All domestic student applications for the Master of Communication can be lodged directly to UQ using our online application form.

The program code for the Master of Communication is 5334. You'll need this when applying.

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Additional application information

Same discipline is defined as a degree with demonstrated prior learning in Communication, Journalism, Public Relations, Mass Media, Media Studies, Film and Television, Writing, Advertising, Marketing, Business Management, Event Management, Psychology, Sociology, International Relations, Peace and Conflict Studies, Community Development, Rural Development, Social Work, Speech Pathology, Linguistics, Criminology, Educational Studies, Anthropology, Political Science, Digital Studies, Information Technology.

To satisfy the requirement for "same discipline" a minimum amount of content in that discipline is required - this would be at least a major, field of study, or approximately 30% of program content including a mix of introductory and advanced courses.

Work experience relevant to the field of Communication is defined as a demonstrated record of having worked in communication, public relations, marketing, advertising or community development roles, as a journalist/reporter/media producer or researcher in communication related fields, or in any other profession in which a portfolio was built up demonstrating communication expertise.

Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for postgraduate study.

The closing date for the Master of Communication is:

  • To commence study in semester 1 - January 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 2 - June 30 of the year of commencement.

A full list of dates relevant to UQ students is available on the Student Matters Calendar.

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