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Master of Communication

Overview

Graduate with highly valued communication skills, ready for career success in a range of communication industries in Australia and overseas.

This two 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
2 Years (or part time equivalent)
Start Semester
Semester 1 (22 Feb, 2021), Semester 2 (26 Jul, 2021)
Program Code
5651
AQF
Level 9
Location
St Lucia
Fees
A$37200 (indicative per year)
Duration
2 Years
Start Semester
Semester 1 (22 Feb, 2021), Semester 2 (26 Jul, 2021)
Program Code
5651
CRICOS Code
089661E
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.

85 in the world for arts and humanities

QS World University Rankings 2020

1 in Queensland for arts and humanities

QS World University Rankings 2020

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 Theory
  • Digital Media Theory and Practice
  • Communication for Social Change
  • Intercultural communication

Career possibilities

Postgraduate study can take you anywhere. 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
  • Public relations manager
  • Marketing strategist
  • Political campaign manager

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

Approved degree in any discipline, with a GPA of 5

Prerequisites

Approved degree in any discipline, with a GPA of 5

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

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.

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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 $37,200

Indicative annual fee 2021

This indicative annual fee is the cost of enrolling in the Master of Communication for the 2021 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

Fee information for 2021 is not yet available. Fee information displayed is for 2020.

This indicative annual fee is the average cost of enrolling in the Master of Communication at 2021 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