Monash University

Undergraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2012 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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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 titleBA(Journ)/BSc
CRICOS code037823M
Total credit points required192
Standard duration of study (years)4 years FT, 8 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Gippsland)
Off-campus (Gippsland)
Multi-modal (Gippsland)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • Students have a maximum of 10 years to complete this course.
  • Students may select arts units from any campus, but should be aware of the teaching location as this may require travel to another campus. Students may also select units offered in off-campus mode.


The importance of science in our society will continue to develop rapidly and will require people with specialised and flexible communication skills able to make science accessible to the general community. There is also an increasing need for scientists to be able to communicate their work and its importance to colleagues in other rapidly diverging fields, as well as to grant-awarding bodies and to the industry and the community in general.


This double degree aims to provide students with the knowledge, understanding and skills relevant to the practice of science journalism, the role of science and media society, modern multimedia technology appropriate to journalism and science communication.

Refer to the Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) objectives at and Bachelor of Science objectives at


Students must complete 96 points in the Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) component and 96 points in the Bachelor of Science component.


Students must complete a minimum of 36 points at third-year level (throughout the duration of the degree).

Arts (journalism) component

Students must complete:

(a.) a journalism major (48 points)

(b.) an arts minor (24 points)

(c.) a further 24 points in arts.

Science component

(a.) Two 6-point science core units:

  • SCI2010 Scientific practice and communication, and one of SCI1020 Introduction to statistical reasoning, STA1010 Statistical methods for science, MTH1020 Analysis of change or MTH1030 Techniques for modelling.

(b.) a science major (excluding computing) (48 points)

(c.) a science minor (24 points)

(d.) at least one first-year-level unit from the following groups: physical processes, life processes, earth processes (this unit is to be drawn from a different group from those which include the two chosen science discipline sequences above) (6 points)

(e.) additional electives within the Faculty of Science to complete the 96 points required.

Areas of Study

Arts major

Additional arts studies

These may be chosen from:

Note: A minor only is available for Australian studies, community welfare and counselling, English and public relations.

Science studies

For details on science disciplines, refer to 'Science areas of study and sequences - Gippsland' in the Faculty of Science section in this Handbook at

Progression to further studies

Students cannot undertake an honours program from the arts degree until they have satisfied the requirements detailed under 'Alternative exit/s'.

Students may apply for admission to an honours program in science, following the completion of an approved combination of at least 144 points of units including all of the science requirements for the double degree course. Students who are considering doing honours in science prior to completing the double degree should consult with the Faculty of Science regarding their unit selection prior to re-enrolling for level three.

Alternative exit(s)

Students cannot graduate from the Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) degree until they have satisfied the requirements and successfully completed studies to the value of 144 points. Students undertaking this double-degree program are permitted to count up to 48 points of the other faculty's component towards these 144 points. To meet Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) requirements students must also complete at least 36 points at third-year level.

Students who wish to graduate with a Bachelor of Science prior to the completion of the double degree course must have completed at least 144 points of studies, including all of the science requirements for the double degree course.


Bachelor of Arts (Journalism)
Bachelor of Science