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Monash University Handbook 2011 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 titleGradDipComn&MediaSt
CRICOS code030790E
Total credit points required48
Standard duration of study (years)1 year FT, 2 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Caulfield)
Admission, fee and application details
Course coordinator

Dr Mark Gibson


The course is designed for candidates who wish to obtain a one-year postgraduate qualification as preparation for employment in the print or electronic media, public affairs or policy fields. The course focuses on challenges posed by the emergence of digital media, globalisation and increasing levels of cross-cultural exchange. The last decade has been one of unprecedented change in communications and media content, forms, technology and policy with wide-ranging implications for business, politics, public administration and everyday life. The graduate program in communications and media studies examines these developments from a historical, political and theoretical perspective.

The program is particularly designed to focus on themes relevant to those employed (or seeking employment) in communications and media industries (for instance, policy formulation, media/public relations, audience research) and to those wishing to develop expertise in communications and media studies for purposes of teaching or further study


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
  • a familiarity with many of the key texts and cultural products pertaining to the field of study.


This course consists of two 12-point core units and two 12-point elective units.


Core units

  • APG4396 Researching and writing Australia
  • APG4894 Communications theories and practices

Elective units

Select two of:*

  • ATS4352 Field trip in media and communications
  • APG4397 The first media age
  • APG4398 New communications media
  • APG4399 Media, ethics and practice
  • APG4400 Issues in international communications
  • APG4401 Communications, convergence and public policy

* Electives to the value of 12 points offered elsewhere within the faculty or from another faculty may be taken with the approval of the course coordinator.

Progression to further studies

Students who complete this course with a minimum credit average are eligible to apply for entry into course 3064 Master of Communications and Media Studies.

Alternative exit(s)

After successful completion of 24 points, students may apply to exit the program with course 3065 Graduate Certificate in Communications and Media Studies.


Graduate Diploma in Communications and Media Studies