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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Course

NOTE: This course has been updated - please refer to the Postgraduate handbook change register for details.

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 titleMJournalism
CRICOS code069115G
Total credit points required72
Standard duration of study (years)1.5 years FT, 3 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Caulfield)
Contact details

Chris Nash, Professor of Journalism,; +61 3 9903 4948

Course coordinator

Professor Chris Nash


The Master of Journalism is both an entry-level qualification for a professional journalism career and a mid-career course for working journalists seeking to extend their expertise and refresh the intellectual basis of their practice. It has a national and international orientation designed to optimise the contribution graduates will make to their profession using a full range of media technologies.


Students completing this course will demonstrate:

  • strong professional research and reporting skills in a range of media technologies and formats
  • the necessary skills and attributes either to enter professional practice in the news media or, for qualified journalists, to extend their existing skills and intellectual understanding of journalist practices
  • an understanding and ability to contribute to the important role of professional and ethical journalism in the service of the public right to know and democratic process
  • an effective understanding of the role of journalism and the media in local, national, regional and global contexts.

Recognition of prior learning

The faculty may award credit for postgraduate work completed at Monash University or at another tertiary institution, including overseas universities. Applicants may be granted specific credit in equivalent units or unspecified credit towards electives. A maximum of 50% credit may be granted in line with course requirements and structure.

Recognised prior learning is assessed on the basis of equivalent learning outcomes or competencies. Assessments will be evidence-based and the faculty will determine a variety of methods and instruments to establish equivalence.

To be eligible for credit, previous study must have been completed within ten years prior to the year of application for credit.


This course consists of four core units (24 points), plus 24 points of electives at level four and one of the options at level five. Students who achieve a distinction average in their level four units have the option of undertaking a 24-point research dissertation at level five. Students must complete a maximum of 48 points at level four and minimum of 24 points at level five. All units except where indicated are worth 6 points.


Level four

Core units


Students complete 24 points from the following:

Level Five

Students choose one of the following options.

Option one

Core units
  • JRM5930 Journalism studies project
  • JRM5940 Journalism professional project

Students complete 12 points of level five elective units from the following or other units chosen with the approval of the course coordinator:*

* The units selected must not previously have been completed at level four.

Option two

Students complete a 24 point journalism research unit:*

  • JRM5920 Journalism research project (24 points)

* Part-time students enrol in JRM5920(A) and JRM5920(B) which are 12 points each.

Alternative exit(s)

Students may apply to exit after successful completion of:

  • 24 points with a related graduate certificate.
  • 48 points with a related graduate diploma.


Master of Journalism