Monash University

Postgraduate - 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 titleMJourn/MBus
CRICOS code069114J
Total credit points required96
Standard duration of study (years)2 years FT, 4 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Caulfield)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

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

Course coordinator

Professor Chris Nash


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the handbook are not available for study in the current year.


NOTE: This course has had one or more changes made to it since publication on 1 October 2011. For details of change/s, please consult the change register at

The Master of Journalism and Master of Business provides a comprehensive introduction to Australian and international business and an entry-level qualification for a professional journalism career, and a mid-career course for working journalists/business people seeking to extend their expertise and refresh the intellectual basis of their practice. It is has a national and international orientation designed to optimise the contribution graduates will make to their professions using a full range of media and business practices and technologies.


Graduates of the program will:

  • have a strong introductory understanding of Australian and international business
  • have strong journalistic research and reporting skills in a range of media technologies and formats
  • be equipped with the necessary skills and attributes either to enter professional practice in the news media and business, or for qualified journalists or business people, to extend their existing skills and intellectual understanding of their professional practices
  • understand and be able to contribute to the important role of professional and ethical journalism and business in the service of the public
  • have an effective understanding of the role of journalism, the media, business and the economy in local, national, regional and global contexts.


The course involves extensive research and reporting in the field.


Students complete core and elective units and one of the options outlined 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.


Core and elective units

Students complete 72 points as outlined below.

Students complete the following four units (24 points):

plus two of the following units (12 points):

plus one of the following units (6 points):

  • GSB9001 Personal development: Critical thinking and communication
  • GSB9002 Personal development: Managing self and relationships

plus one of the following units (6 points):

  • MGX5020 Business ethics in a global environment
  • MGX5030 Corporate social responsibility

plus four of the following units (24 points):

  • BTX9020 Business law
  • ECF9530 Economics
  • ETX9000 Business and economic statistics
  • GSB9004 Accounting for business
  • MGX9600 Managing people and organisations
  • MKX9550 Marketing and the international consumer*
  • MKX5641 Advanced marketing communication**

*This unit should not be taken by students intending to complete the advanced marketing specialisation and cannot be counted towards the completion of this specialisation.

**This unit is only available to students who have completed the specified unit prerequisite or can demonstrate to the satisfaction of the course director, the completion of an undergraduate major in marketing.

Level five

Students choose one of the following options (24 points).

Option 1

Students complete the following units (12 points):

  • APG5813 Journalism studies project
  • APG5814 Journalism professional project

plus 12 points of the following units (12 points):

  • AFF9020 Introduction to risk principles
  • AFF9250 Financial management theory
  • APG5425 Perspectives on environmental sustainability
  • APG5427 Frontiers in sustainability and environment
  • APG5433 Corporate sustainability management
  • APG5434 Sustainability measurement
  • BTX5040 Legal aspects of corporate social responsibility
  • BTX5100 Corporate environmental responsibility
  • BTX5541 Advanced corporations law
  • ETX9520 Quantitative methods for risk analysis
  • FIT5092 Electronic business
  • FIT5094 IT for management decision making
  • FIT5097 Business intelligence modelling
  • FIT5101 Enterprise systems
  • FIT5102 IT strategy and governance
  • FIT5107 Managing business records
  • FIT5157 Services science
  • FIT5160 Business process modelling, design and simulation
  • FIT9003 Database systems design
  • FIT9006 Information technology management
  • MBA9010 Supply chain and operations management
  • MBA9052 Project management
  • MGX5000 Introductory management research methods
  • MGX5020 Business ethics in a global environment
  • MGX5870 Organisational and business dynamics
  • MGX9720 Managing organisational change
  • MKX5123 Marketing innovation and planning
  • MKX5461 Contemporary issues in marketing*
  • MKF5403 Advanced business research methods*
  • MKF5463 Advanced buyer behaviour*
  • MKX5611 Advanced supply chain management
  • MKX5641 Advanced marketing communication*
  • MKX9610 Supply chain logistics
  • MKX9620 Fulfilment and order management

* These units are only available to students who have completed the specified unit prerequisite or can demonstrate to the satisfaction of the course director, the completion of an undergraduate major in marketing.

Option 2

  • APG5824 Journalism and business research project (24 points), or APG5825 Journalism and business research project (12 points) and APG5826 Journalism and business research project (12 points)

Progression to further studies

Students who undertake the 24 point research project option and achieve at least a distinction are eligible to apply for a higher degree by research.

Alternative exit(s)

Students who have completed studies in either business or journalism to the value of:

  • 24 points may apply to exit with a related graduate certificate
  • 48 points may apply to exit with a related graduate diploma.


Master of Business
Master of Journalism