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CSU’s Master of Communication develops advanced knowledge of cutting-edge communication practice and theory. The course prepares graduates for communication leadership in a range of sectors and professional contexts. Students can specialise in journalism or organisational communication, or choose to study a generic stream where they will graduate with the Master of Communication.

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  • Why study this course?

    CSU’s Master of Communication generic and with specialisations is designed for students from a variety of backgrounds, including journalism and media, organisational communication, advertising and public relations.

    The course develops skills and critical thinking for effective leadership in communication practice and creates a pathway to further learning and doctoral study.

    You will explore mediated and non-mediated communication in social, corporate and political contexts. Students can choose to study a generic Master of Communication or can specialise in Journalism or Organisational Communication. Specialisations enable students to tailor a course that matches their own career and aspirations, assessment strategies enable students to address communication issues and projects of significance to them and their own industry or workplaces.

    Applicants can choose to enter at the Graduate Certificate or Masters level depending on previous study and industry experience. The Graduate Diploma of Communication provides an exit point should students wish to graduate with this qualification.

    This course is offered by flexible distance education allowing students to fit study around work, family and lifestyle.


  • Subjects

    Students can choose to undertake a generic communication degree or can study one of the following specialisations:

    Journalism

    The journalism specialisation is designed for graduates of any discipline who wish to gain a professional qualification in journalism. No prior journalism or media experience is required. Students will study foundation communication subjects as well as journalism culture and practice, convergent journalism, research, writing and reporting for journalism. Applicants with experience or an educational background in journalism may be eligible for credit. 

    Organisational Communication

    The focus of the organisational communication specialisation is strategic communication. It prepares communication professionals for a range of leadership roles across sectors and industries. Organisational communication students explore internal communication and communication management, corporate culture and change communication, and issues, crisis and reputation. Graduates leave with critical, research and problem-solving skills that prepare them for communication management in contemporary public and private sectors.

    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 the following, duration and points to complete are defined by the student’s admission credit, as follows:

    students entering with a Bachelor (level 7) qualification in the same discipline will be required to complete 96 points (1.5 years FTE) Students entering with a Graduate Diploma (level 8) qualification in the same discipline will be required to complete 64 points (1.0 years FTE) students entering with a Bachelor (level 7) qualification from a different discipline will be required to complete 128 points (2 years FTE) students entering with a Graduate Diploma (level 8)  from a different discipline will be required to complete 96 points (1.5 years FTE)

    Arrangements for switching specialisation are dealt with case by case by the course director.

    Subjects

    Foundation communication
    CCI500 Professional communication trends and influences (16)
    CCI501 Communication research strategies and criticality (16)
    CCI502 Multiplatform communication (16)
    CCI504 Communication dissertation / project (32)

    Specialisations
    Journalism specialisation subjects
    JRN526 Research, writing and reporting for journalism (16)
    JRN527 Journalism cultures and practice (16)
    JRN528 Convergent journalism (16)

    Organisational communication specialisation subjects
    COM538 Communication in organisations (16)
    COM539 Issues, crisis and reputation (16)
    COM540 Corporate culture and change communication (16)
     

    Master of Communication 96 credit points

    Minimum 64 credit points from foundation subjects
    CCI500 Professional communication trends and influences (16)
    CCI502 Multiplatform communication (16)

    including core
    CCI501 Communication research strategies and criticality (16)
    CCI504 Communication dissertation / project (32)

    And
    Minimum 16 credit points from

    JRN526 Research, writing and reporting for journalism (16)
    JRN527 Journalism cultures and practice (16)
    JRN528 Convergent journalism (16)

    COM538 Communication in organisations (16)
    COM539 Issues, crisis and reputation (16)
    COM540 Corporate culture and change communication (16)
     

    Master of Communication 128 points

    Minimum 64 credit points from foundation subjects
    CCI500 Professional communication trends and influences (16)
    CCI502 Multiplatform communication (16)

    including core
    CCI501 Communication research strategies and criticality (16)
    CCI504 Communication dissertation / project (32)

    And
    Minimum 48 credit points from
    JRN526 Research, writing and reporting for journalism (16)
    JRN527 Journalism cultures and practice (16)
    JRN528 Convergent journalism (16)

    COM538 Communication in organisations (16)
    COM539 Issues, crisis and reputation (16)
    COM540 Corporate culture and change communication (16)
     

    Journalism specialisation
    Graduate Certificate in Communication (Journalism) 32 points

    Two 16 credit point subjects including minimum of one specialist subject:
    JRN526 Research, writing and reporting for journalism (16)
    JRN527 Journalism cultures and practice (16)
    JRN528 Convergent journalism (16)

    And may include a maximum of one foundation subject:

    CCI500 Professional communication trends and influences (16)
    CCI501 Communication research strategies and criticality (16)
    CCI502 Multiplatform communication (16)

    Graduate Diploma of Communication (Journalism) 64 points
    Minimum one foundation subject from
    CCI500 Professional communication trends and influences (16)
    CCI501 Communication research strategies and criticality (16)
    CCI502 Multiplatform communication (16)

    And minimum two specialisation subjects from
    JRN526 Research, writing and reporting for journalism (16)
    JRN527 Journalism cultures and practice (16)
    JRN528 Convergent journalism (16)
     

    Master of Communication (Journalism) 96 points

    Minimum 48 credit points from foundation subjects
    CCI500 Professional communication trends and influences (16)
    CCI501 Communication research strategies and criticality (16) (core)
    CCI502 Multiplatform communication (16)
    CCI504 Communication dissertation / project (32) (core)

    And
    Minimum 32 specialisation credit points from
    JRN526 Research, writing and reporting for journalism (16)
    JRN527 Journalism cultures and practice (16)
    JRN528 Convergent journalism (16)

    Master of Communication (Journalism) 128 points

    Minimum 64 credit points from foundation subjects
    CCI500 Professional communication trends and influences (16)
    CCI501 Communication research strategies and criticality  (16) (core)
    CCI502 Multiplatform communication (16)
    CCI504 Communication dissertation / project (32) (core)

    And
    48 specialisation credit points
    JRN526 Research, writing and reporting for journalism (16)
    JRN527 Journalism cultures and practice (16)
    JRN528 Convergent journalism (16)

    Organisational Communication specialisation

    Graduate Certificate in Communication (Organisational Communication) 32 points
    Two 16 credit point subjects including minimum of one specialisation subject, or two 8 credit point specialisation subjects plus one 16 credit point subject from either set.
    COM538 Communication in organisations (16)
    COM539 Issues, crisis and reputation (16)
    COM540 Corporate culture and change communication (16)
    HRM502 Human Resource Management (8)
    MGT501 Management Theory and Practice (8)

    And may include a maximum of one foundation subject:
    CCI500 Professional communication trends and influences (16)
    CCI501 Communication research strategies and criticality (16)
    CCI502 Multiplatform communication (16)
     

    Graduate Diploma of Communication (Organisational Communication) 64 points

    Minimum one foundation subject from
    CCI500 Professional communication trends and influences (16)
    CCI501 Communication research strategies and criticality (16)
    CCI502 Multiplatform communication (16)

    And minimum two specialisation subjects from
    COM538 Communication in organisations (16)
    COM539 Issues, crisis and reputation (16)
    COM540 Corporate culture and change communication (16)
     

    Master of Communication (Organisational Communication) 96 points

    Minimum 48 credit points from foundation subjects
    CCI500 Professional communication trends and influences (16)
    CCI501 Communication research strategies and criticality  (16) (core)
    CCI502 Multiplatform communication (16)
    CCI504 Communication dissertation / project (32) (core)

    And
    Minimum 32 specialisation credit points from
    COM538 Communication in organisations (16)
    COM539 Issues, crisis and reputation (16)
    COM540 Corporate culture and change communication (16)
     

    Master of Communication (Organisational Communication) 128  points

    Minimum 64 credit points from foundation subjects
    CCI500 Professional communication trends and influences (16)
    CCI501 Communication research strategies and criticality (16) (core)
    CCI502 Multiplatform communication (16)
    CCI504 Communication dissertation / project (32) (core)

    And
    48 Specialisation credit points
    COM538 Communication in organisations (16)
    COM539 Issues, crisis and reputation (16)
    COM540 Corporate culture and change communication (16)
     

    Other elective subjects not mentioned above may be considered and approved by the course director.

    Enrolment pattern

    There is no prescribed enrolment pattern.

    Please contact the Course Director for further advice.

    CCI501 Communication research strategies and criticality (16 points) and CCI504 Communication dissertation/project (32 points) are capstone subjects. These subjects should be taken in the final session/s of the course.

    It is the student’s responsibility to select subjects in alignment with the requirements of the course structure, subject availability, pre-requisites, co-requisites and/or any subject enrolment restrictions which may apply. Subject selection in relation to the course structure can be made according to student needs and career aspirations.

  • Admission information

    Master of Communication (with or without specialisation) 128 points

    Applicants without tertiary qualifications must satisfactorily complete the Graduate Certificate of Communication (with specialisation) prior to admission to the Master of Communication.

    1. Successful completion of an undergraduate degree;
    or
    2. Successful completion of a Graduate Certificate, or equivalent.

    Master of Communication (with or without specialisation) 96 points

    1. Successful completion of a relevant undergraduate degree;
    or
    2. Successful completion of the CSU Communication Graduate Certificate, or equivalent
    or
    3. Successful completion of a Graduate Diploma from a different discipline, or equivalent

    Master of Communication (with or without specialisation) 64 points

    1. Successful completion of the CSU Communication Graduate Diploma, or equivalent.
     

    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.

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  • Course details

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

    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectDistance EducationBathurstFPPGYYYOACY
    DirectDistance EducationBathurstFPOSYYYJACY

    LEGEND
    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 student must satisfactorily complete 128 points. Students entering with a related undergraduate degree or Graduate Certificate qualification receive 32 points of credit and must satisfactorily complete 96 points to graduate.

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  • 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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    NORMAL COURSE DURATION
    1.5 to 2 years full-time
    4 years part-time 

    3 sessions full-time equivalent for students entering with a related undergraduate degree or Graduate Certificate.
    4 sessions full-time equivalent for students not entering with a related undergraduate degree or Graduate Certificate.

    MODE

    Distance Education

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  • NORMAL COURSE DURATION
    1.5 to 2 years full-time
    4 years part-time 

    3 sessions full-time equivalent for students entering with a related undergraduate degree or Graduate Certificate.
    4 sessions full-time equivalent for students not entering with a related undergraduate degree or Graduate Certificate.

    MODE

    Distance Education

    There are no on campus options for this course

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