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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Managing facultyArts
Abbreviated titleMJourn/MEurIntStud
CRICOS code075407A
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

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

Course coordinatorProfessor Chris Nash


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • Off-campus fieldwork is required.


The Masters of Journalism and Master of European and International Studies provide a comprehensive introduction to European society and culture, the European Union and its relations with non-EU countries, regions and international organisations, and 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.


Graduates of this course will:

  • have a broad and deep understanding of the institutional framework and policy-making processes of the EU and its relations with non-EU countries, regions and international organisations
  • have an inter-disciplinary awareness of the significance of Europe and the European Union (EU) in the world and be able to investigate the political, legal, economic, social, humanitarian, environmental, and security implications for the international system
  • have strong professional 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 or, for qualified journalists, to extend their existing skills and intellectual understanding of journalistic practices
  • understand and be able to contribute to the important role of professional and ethical journalism in the service of the public right to know and democratic processes
  • have an effective understanding of the role of journalism and the media in local, national, regional and global contexts.


The course involves extensive research and reporting in the field.


This course comprises 60 credit points of level four units and 36 credit points 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. All units are 6 points unless otherwise indicated.


Level four

Core units

Students complete the following:

  • APG4773 Research and reporting
  • APG4774 Reporting with sound and image
  • APG4775 Journalism and the law
  • APG4776 Journalism studies
  • APG4435 European Union: History, debates, politics
  • APG4438 The European Union and the world
  • LAW7019 European Union law
  • MGX9660 International business theory and practice

Elective units

Students complete one of the following:

plus one unit chosen from the following:

  • APG4440 European study abroad part A
  • APG4441 European study abroad part B
  • a European language unit

A complete list of available electives for the Master in European and International Studies is available from the Monash European and EU Centre.

Level five

Students complete units from both the Journalism and European and International Studies components as outlined below.

Journalism component

Students choose one of the following options.

Option 1

Student complete the following core units:

  • APG5813 Journalism studies project
  • APG5814 Journalism professional project

plus one unit from the following electives:

Option 2

Students complete the following:

  • APG5811 Journalism research project (12 points)
  • 6 points from the list of elective units not already taken from Journalism

European and International Studies component

Student complete the following core units:

  • APG5436 Comparative regionalism
  • APG5437 Business, civil society and lobbying in the European Union
  • APG5898 The European Union and the developing world

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 this course to the value of:

  • 24 points may apply to exit with the relevant graduate certificate
  • 48 points may apply to exit with the relevant graduate diploma.


Master of Journalism
Master of European and International Studies