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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Course

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Arts

Managing facultyArts
Abbreviated titleGradCertComn&MediaSt
Total credit points required24
Standard duration of study (years)0.5 years FT, 1 year PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Caulfield)
Off-campus (Caulfield)
Course coordinator

Dr Mark Gibson


  • This course is not available to international student visa holders.
  • Most classes are taught in Melbourne central business district.


This course is designed for graduates who wish to prepare for employment in the print or electronic media, public affairs or policy fields. It offers them the opportunity to upgrade their skills and expertise in the field of communications and to familiarise themselves with contemporary debates and developments in this field. On successful completion of the course, students may apply to continue their studies in the relevant graduate or postgraduate diploma.


Students successfully completing this course will have:

  • a sound knowledge of diverse aspects of the academic discipline
  • an understanding of the world view of the field of study
  • a critical appreciation of the secondary literature in the field of study


This course consists of two level-four 12-point core units.


Students complete:

  • COM4001 Researching and writing Australia or COM4209 Communication research
  • COM4009 Issues in international communications or COM4211 Researching global audiences

Progression to further studies

Students who complete the graduate certificate with a minimum credit average, may apply to transfer to course 1398 Graduate Diploma in Communications and Media Studies.


Graduate Certificate in Communications and Media Studies