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Monash University

Master of Communications

Course code: 3905 ~ Course abbreviation: MComn ~ Total credit points required: 72 ~ 1.5 years full-time, 3 years part-time ~ Managing faculty: Arts

Study mode and course location

On-campus (Caulfield)

Off-campus (Gippsland)

Course description

The Master of Communications offers advanced study of global communications and media. The social, economic, aesthetic, strategic, public, technological and organizational dimensions of global communication are explored. The degree canvasses the nature of media, networks, publics, audiences, and flows. Students study research methods and communication theory.

Course objectives

Students successfully completing this course will have: 1. a sound knowledge of diverse aspects of the academic discipline; 2. an understanding of the world view of the field of study; 3. a critical appreciation of the secondary literature in the field of study; 4. a familiarity with many of the key texts and cultural products pertaining to the field of study; 5. advanced reading and communication skills, both written and verbal; 6. advanced analytical skills; 7. a grasp of research methodology and ethics, and an ability to undertake a small, independent research project in one of the disciplines represented in the program.

Minimum pass grade

To graduate with the Masters, students must gain a credit (60 C) or above in core units and a minimum credit average overall.

Course structure

Students must complete a maximum of 48 points at level 4 (two core units plus two elective units) and minimum of 24 points at level 5 (two elective units, or the 24 point dissertation):

  • full-time students will normally complete two 12-point units per semester
  • part-time and off-campus students will normally complete one 12-point unit per semester.

Students who achieve a distinction average in their level 4 units have the option of undertaking a research dissertation at level 5.

All units except where indicated are worth 12 points.

Course requirements

Core units

Students must complete the following two units:

  • COM4131 Contemporary media and communication theory
  • COM4209 Communication research

Elective units

Exit points

After successful completion of 48 points, students may apply to exit the program with a Graduate Diploma in Communications.

Course coordinators

Associate Professor Gil-Soo Han and Dr Sue Yell