Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2015 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 applies to students commencing this course in 2015 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Arts.

Course code3064
Managing facultyArts
Abbreviated titleMComn&MediaSt
CRICOS code039995G
Total credit points required72
Standard duration of study (years)1.5 years FT, 3 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Malaysia)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Course manager: Kevin Tan:

Course coordinator

Dr Joanne Lim


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


This 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. Students examine these developments from a historical, political and theoretical perspective.

The Master of Communications and Media Studies seeks to further students' understanding of communications and media systems both locally and globally. The course is particularly designed to focus on themes relevant to those employed (or seeking employment) in communications and media industries (for instance, electronic journalism, policy formulation, public relations, and tourism marketing), and to those wishing to develop expertise in communications and media studies for purposes of teaching or further study.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 9, the Bologna Cycle 2 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 9, the Bologna Cycle 2 and Monash Graduate Attributes (

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that graduates will be able to:

  • demonstrate a sound knowledge of diverse aspects of the academic discipline
  • articulate and apply an understanding of the world view of the field of study
  • demonstrate a critical appreciation of the secondary literature in the field of study
  • apply a critical familiarity with many of the key texts and cultural products pertaining to the field of study
  • apply advanced reading and communication skills, both written and verbal
  • demonstrate advanced analytical skills
  • demonstrate a thorough understanding of research methodology and ethics, and an ability to undertake a small, independent research project in one of the disciplines represented in the program.


This course consists of four level-four 12-point units, plus two level-five 12-point units or a 24-point research thesis (with approval of the coordinator). All units are 12 points unless otherwise indicated.


Students must complete:

  • AMG4894 Communications theories and practices
  • AMG5742 Communications research project
  • two level-four electives from the list below
  • one level-five elective from the list below


  • AMG4018/AMG5018 Celebrity, fashion, publicity*
  • AMG4400/AMG5400 Global digital media: Issues in international and transnational communication*
  • AMG4409 Communication research
  • AMG4382 Contemporary issues in Asia
  • AMG5721 Media practices in Southeast Asia
  • AMG5743 Communication research thesis (24 points)**
  • AMG5751 Communications industry internship

* Students can only complete this unit at level four or level five, not both.

** Students may undertake this unit instead of two of the electives if they have achieved a minimum distinction average and with the approval of the coordinator.

Alternative exit(s)

Exit awards do not apply to courses offered at Malaysia campus.


Master of Communications and Media Studies