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Doctor of Communication

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CSU's Doctor of Communication is a research degree providing the opportunity for advanced critical reflection on professional practice in the disciplines of Journalism, Public Relations and Organisational Communication, Advertising, Cultural Performance and other closely related fields.

  • Why study this course?

    The Doctor of Communication taught subjects are student-centred and project-driven. They are designed to encourage experienced practitioners in a range of communications fields to consider their practice from a societal, cultural and technological perspective as well as examine practice in detail. Over this period, the student will develop their research proposal which is presented to Faculty and peers before the start of the independent research project(s).

    Course objectives

    The objectives of the Doctor of Communication are to:

    • provide a research grounding for reflective practitioner research and practice-based research in the disciplines that constitute the field of communication
    • extend the student's knowledge of the disciplines of communication and closely related fields
    • develop the attributes required of the candidate to successfully identify, investigate and resolve problems confronting these fields
    • enable candidates to carry out a program of independent research into current problems confronting communication and present the findings of the research in a thesis or portfolio of research
    • provide graduates with a competitive advantage in achieving high-level success in their profession.

    International Higher Degree by Research students can commence study on campus no sooner than six weeks before the session start date and no later than the census date.

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    The course consists of four core coursework subjects and a dissertation of 128 points.

    Coursework subjects

    COM710 Communication in Society (16 points)
    COM711 The culture of Communication(16 points)
    COM712 Communication and Technology: Digital Connectivity (16 points)
    COM713 Communication in Practice (16 points)


    COM714 Dissertation/Portfolio in Communication (Full time) (128 points)
    COM715 Dissertation/Portfolio in Communication (Part time) (128 points)

    Enrolment pattern

    Subjects in the Doctor of Communication can be completed in any order. Please contact the Course Director for further advice.

  • Admission information

    Candidates admitted to the course will:

    • hold a class 1 or class 2 division 1 bachelor (honours) degree, or a master degree by coursework (attained at a course credit point average of 5.00 or better), or a master degree by research. Variation to admission requirements based on alternative academic qualifications will be assessed by the Course Coordinator in consultation with the Course Management Committee.
    • have at least five years of full time (or equivalent) practice in the communication profession or in a cognate area, a significant amount of which should be at middle management level, and some of which must be current.
    • meet the University's English language proficiency requirements.
    • be required to certify that they have access to an appropriate organisation during the period of enrolment to carry out their empirical research work, and to provide written commitment from senior management of that organisation.
    • variation to admission requirements based on RPL will be assessed by the Course Coordinator in consultation with the Course Management Committee.

    These admission requirements are necessary to ensure that candidates have sufficient academic ability and professional experience to conduct research that leads to advanced, critical reflection on professional practice in the field of communication.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

    Alumni discount

    Already studied with CSU? Our 10% Alumni discount applies to this course!
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  • Course details

    Campus locations listed for Distance Education students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectOn CampusUni WideFPOSYYNIACM
    DirectDistance EducationUni WideFPPGYYNOADX
    DirectDistance EducationUni WideFPOSYYNJADX

    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    To graduate a candidate must complete a minimum of 192 points consisting of completion at a satisfactory level of the core subjects COM710, COM711, COM712, COM713 (each 16 points) and the submission of a dissertation or portfolio assessed as acceptable in accordance with the University's regulations, after a period of enrolment specified by University regulations. The coursework comprises one third of the course and the dissertation/portfolio two thirds. The final grade awarded is determined according to the University's regulations relating to progress, supervision and assessment for theses and other examinable research works.

  • How to apply
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    Apply direct to CSU for on campus study at a CSU regional campus, or study by distance education.

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    CRICOS Code(s)

    072059G (Uni Wide)

    Thinking of deferring?

    Find out more about deferral

  • About the School
    School of Communication and Creative Industries

    CSU’s School of Communication and Creative Industries have built a hub for innovative storytellers who want to make a difference. Based on Bathurst, Port Macquarie and Wagga Wagga campuses, the School has an emphasis on cross-disciplinary collaboration created through a unique balance of practical production and theoretical foundation. CSU’s courses are delivered in authentic industry settings including our state-of-the-art television studios; newsroom; performance theatres; exhibition spaces; and photography, graphic design and animation and visual effects facilities. Our courses have real flexibility - on-campus students gain a competitive advantage in industry through practical learning, internships and other invaluable networking opportunities, while online students have the choice to study from their own studio or home. Postgraduate students are supervised by senior academic staff who all have substantial industry experience. The staff also have extensive experience in publications (academic journals and books), presentations at domestic and international conferences, and regularly interact with the industry to stay in touch with developments and changes.

  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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