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Master of Communication

Overview

Gain highly valued communication skills and specialist knowledge to prepare yourself for career success in a range of communication industries.

This 1.5 year full-time (or part-time equivalent) postgraduate program, designed for communication graduates and professionals, will help you develop highly valuable communication skills and set yourself up for career success in a range of communication industries.

You can choose one of two fields of study – Communication for Social Change or Strategic Communication.

UQ is the only Australian university to offer study in the emerging field of Communication for Social Change. This field explores the different ways in which communication can be leveraged to bring about change in attitudes, behaviour and knowledge in individuals, organisations and communities. If you already have experience in these areas, the program will make you even more competitive as it complements and capitalises on studies and experience in other disciplines.

Strategic Communication develops your understanding and skill-set in professional communication practice and public relations, including campaign development, digital media strategy, and issues and crisis management. Graduates with a specialisation in Strategic 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.

Location
St Lucia
Duration
1.5 Years (or part time equivalent)
Start Semester
Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020), Semester 2 (3 Aug, 2020)
Program Code
5334
AQF
Level 9
Location
St Lucia
Fees
A$35776 (indicative per year)
Duration
1.5 Years
Start Semester
Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020), Semester 2 (3 Aug, 2020)
Program Code
5334
CRICOS Code
049208B
AQF
Level 9

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Choose to specialise in Communication for Social Change or Strategic Communication.
  • Access outstanding research, practical experiences and career opportunities.
  • Undertake a combination of advanced level coursework and research.
  • Complete a research project or a thesis on the topic of your choice.

1 in Australia for social sciences and humanities

CWTS Leiden Ranking 2019

1 in Queensland for arts and humanities

QS World University Rankings 2020

Fields of study

How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Overseas study
  • Research experience
  • Seminars
  • Workshops

What you'll study

At UQ, degrees are called 'programs' and subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study in this program:

  • Communication for Social Change
  • Communication and Social Movements
  • Intercultural communication
  • Communication Research Methods

Career possibilities

Postgraduate study can take you anywhere. Depending on which field you choose, here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • International aid officer
  • Community development manager
  • Health promotion manager
  • Corporate change consultant
  • Public relations and social media manager
  • Social media manager
  • Marketing strategist
  • Political campaign manager
  • International communications consultant
  • Communications manager

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

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.

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.

Prerequisites

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.

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.

English language requirements

IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ

TOEFL IBT - Overall 87, listening 19, reading 19, writing 21 and speaking 19.

TOEFL PB - Overall 570, listening 54, reading 54, writing 59/5.

Pearsons - Overall Score of 64 and 60 in all sub bands.

BE - A minimum overall grade of 4 plus a minimum grade of C in all macro skills.

CES - Overall 176 and 169 in all sub bands.

OET is not accepted.

Learn more about English language requirements

Need help meeting the entry requirements?

We can help you meet the academic or English language requirements for your preferred program.

If you haven’t completed the prerequisites, we can help.

Learn about pathway options

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.

Additional application information

*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.

Student visas

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Master of Communication are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted, including the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement.

Learn more about student visas

Fields of study

Fields of study

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

Communication for Social Change

Study Communication for Social Change at the only Australian university to offer this emerging field of study.

This field of study provides an in-depth understanding of communication for social change theory and practice. You'll explore the different ways in which communication can be leveraged to bring about change in attitudes, behaviour and knowledge in individuals and communities. You'll analyse the ways 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 information and communications technologies in the facilitation of change. Importantly, you'll strengthen critical skills, develop capacities for work in the state, inter-governmental and NGO sectors, and build research excellence.

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Strategic Communication

Learn the skills to professionally analyse communication situations and design solutions to communication problems.

You'll also learn 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 impacts public relations practices.

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Fields of study

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

Communication for Social Change

Study Communication for Social Change at the only Australian university to offer this emerging field of study.

This field of study provides an in-depth understanding of communication for social change theory and practice. You'll explore the different ways in which communication can be leveraged to bring about change in attitudes, behaviour and knowledge in individuals and communities. You'll analyse the ways 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 information and communications technologies in the facilitation of change. Importantly, you'll strengthen critical skills, develop capacities for work in the state, inter-governmental and NGO sectors, and build research excellence.

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Strategic Communication

Learn the skills to professionally analyse communication situations and design solutions to communication problems.

You'll also learn 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 impacts public relations practices.

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Fees and Scholarships

Government assistance

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Learn more about financial aid

Indicative annual fee

AUD $35,776

Indicative annual fee 2020

This indicative annual fee is the cost of enrolling in the Master of Communication for the 2020 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (16 units per academic year).

If you enrol in a larger or smaller study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis. All fees are reviewed annually.

Learn more about postgraduate fees

FEE-HELP

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.

Learn more about FEE-HELP

Centrelink support

Indicative annual fee

AUD $25,760

Indicative annual fee 2020

This indicative annual fee is the average cost of enrolling in the Master of Communication at 2020 fee rates. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (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.

Learn more about postgraduate fees

Scholarships

Scholarships

How to apply

Important dates

The closing date for this program is:

  • To commence study in semester 2 - May 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

Important dates

The closing date for this program 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.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

For support with applying - or if you have any questions about Uni - get in touch with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit.

Contact the ATSIS Unit