Graduate Certificate of Journalism - 2019

Postgraduate - Course

Commencement year

This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2019 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Arts.

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

Course code


Credit points


Abbreviated title




Managing faculty


Admission and fees


Course progression map

A4013 (pdf)

Course type

Graduate certificate

Standard duration

0.5 years FT, 1 year PT

You have a maximum of 3 years to complete this course.

Mode and location

On-campus (Caulfield)


Graduate Certificate of Journalism


The Graduate Certificate of Journalism offers a critical foundation for understanding journalistic practice and theory. The course is designed primarily for emerging journalists but is also relevant to those wishing to extend their understanding of the intersections of journalism theory and practice. The course builds essential skills in critical thinking, writing and presentation in multicultural settings designed to enhance learning success and career capabilities. Successful completion of this course can lead to a 72-point Master of Journalism for those who desire further study.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 8 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 8 and Monash Graduate Attributes (

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

  1. explain the history, role and function of journalism and the news media in local, national, regional and global contexts
  2. recognise professional journalism ethics, in the pursuit of truth, accuracy and fairness, and in service of the democratic process and the public right to know
  3. analyse and critically evaluate journalism theory and its application in professional practice and scholarship
  4. utilise research and reporting skills in a range of generic and digital media technologies and formats, for a diversity of people and cultures in a global society.


Students complete three core units which provide knowledge, skills, attitudes and values required of skilled practitioners working in a range of fields addressing journalism.


The course progression mapcourse progression map ( provides guidance on unit enrolment for each semester of study.

Units are 6 points unless stated.

Students complete 24 points:

  • APG5060 Advanced academic skills
  • APG5070 Media, mobility and migration
  • APG5095 Research and writing (12 points)

Progression to further studies

Students who successfully complete the Graduate Certificate of Journalism will be eligible for admission at entry point 2 into the Master of Journalism.