Last Updated on September 8, 2022 by Alvina Ibe
Communications and Media Studies
Expert master degree
Unprecedented change in communications and media content, forms, technology and policy in the last decade has wide-ranging implications for business, politics, public administration and everyday life. The Master of Communications and Media Studies builds your understanding of changing global contexts of media and communication practices. You will gain a critically informed understanding of key issues affecting the global communications industry focusing on the challenges posed by the emergence of digital media, globalisation and increasing levels of cross-cultural exchange. Industry engagement through guest speakers, internships, and opportunities for site visits in Australia and abroad will enhance your knowledge and professional competency.
As the most established program of its type in Australia, the Master of Communications and Media Studies has built up a long record of success. Ranked No.19 in the world in the QS World University Rankings by Subject for 2014, the program draws strongly on specialist expertise and focuses on fostering industry ready graduates.
The course is particularly relevant to those employed or seeking employment in communications and media industries (for instance, electronic journalism, policy formulation, public relations, or tourism marketing), as well as those who wish to expand their expertise for teaching purposes or further study.
You will be introduced to the latest developments and research in communications and media – including in social and online media – always with a view to “real world” application. Study units feature guest professional speakers in conjunction with industry focussed field trips to media outlets in Sydney, Melbourne, New York, Hong Kong and Shanghai.
In the Master of Communications and Media Studies course, you will have the opportunity to undertake industry internships in Australia and overseas. For example, students in our program have recently completed internships with the United Nations in New York and with Shandong Television in China.
You need to satisfy the following entrance requirements to be considered for entry to this course.
Minimum Entry Requirements (Domestic students)
Depending on prior qualifications:
|Entry level 1: 96 points to complete Duration: 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time||An Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent) with at least credit (60%) average, or equivalent qualification and experience approved by the faculty.|
|Entry level 2: 72 points to complete Duration: 1.5 years full-time, 3 years part-time||An Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent) in a cognate discipline including humanities or social sciences with at least credit (60%) average, or equivalent qualification and experience approved by the faculty.OrAn Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent) and an Australian graduate certificate (or equivalent) in a cognate discipline including humanities or social sciences with at least a 50 percent average in both qualifications; or equivalent qualification and experience approved by the faculty.|
|Entry level 3: 48 points to complete Duration: 1 years full-time, 2 years part-time||An Australian bachelor honours degree (or equivalent) in a cognate discipline including humanities or social sciences with at least credit (60%) average, or equivalent qualification and experience approved by the faculty.|
|IELTS (Academic): 6.5 Overall score, with minimum band scores: Listening 6.0, Reading 6.0, Writing 6.0 and Speaking 6.0||Pearson Test of English (Academic): 58 Overall score, with minimum scores: Listening 50, Reading 50, Speaking 50 and Writing 50||TOEFL Internet-based test: 79 Overall score, with minimum scores: Reading 13, Listening 12, Speaking 18 and Writing 21||Equivalent approved English test|
University entrance requirements
Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.
Bachelor of Media Communication
A degree for today’s media world
This is the first degree of its kind in Australia, offering an unparalleled mix of practice-based learning, theory and portfolio development. You’ll learn to focus on new ways of doing things, to challenge convention, and devise solutions that will take us into the next century.
Where this degree could take you
The skills learned in the Media and Communications program are so versatile that our graduates work in a wide range of areas. Here is just a selection:
- Social media manager
- Video producer
- Media content coordinator
- Public relations professional
- Digital communications strategist
- Media educator
- Television producer
- Radio broadcaster
- Movie critic
- Content writer
- Film director
- Broadcast presenter
- Location manager
Monash Arts has over 76,000 alumni (graduates) across the globe, and working in a diverse range of industries. To read some of their stories and get an idea of what’s possible, visit the Arts Alumni Career Journey website.
Industry connections and internship opportunities
Our students benefit from our key partnerships with flagship media organisations including: News Ltd, Fairfax, the ABC, and the Melbourne Press Club. These relationships provide internship opportunities where you will gain valuable work experience, and also provide the course with guest lecturers who share their expert professional knowledge and advice.
The Bachelor of Media Communication Advisory Board
Our advisory board members are media practitioners from leading media organisations and provide key connections to industry networks. Our annual BMC welcome lecture is a great opportunity for our students to talk to industry experts and gain insights and about the media landscape.
The Monash Media Lab
Graduate with a portfolio that will make you stand out. Core to this degree is developing your practical experience by building a portfolio of real work throughout your course.
Using the world-leading Monash Media Lab facilities you’ll be completely immersed in technical camera skills, lighting techniques, scripting, video editing, colour grading and more. From a documentary or short film, to a radio program or digital marketing campaign, you’ll have a rich portfolio by the end of your degree for potential employers.
As Australia’s largest university, we have student exchange agreements with over 160 partner institutions in more than 35 countries across the UK, Europe, the Americas, the Middle East, Oceania and Asia, a study centre in Prato, Italy, and a campus in Malaysia. Studying a semester or two in places like Norway, Japan, Germany and Mexico is easier than you think.
Overseas study is now guaranteed* as part of your Monash Bachelor of Media Communication degree with the Global Immersion Guarantee.
Bachelor of Media Communication students will have the opportunity to spend two weeks studying in Italy, Indonesia, India, China or Malaysia, with airfares and accomodation covered as part of your degree!
With partnerships with over 100 universities worldwide, a Centre in Prato, Italy, and a campus in Malaysia, you’re spoilt for choice. Whether you want to go for two weeks or two semesters, there’s a program to suit your interests and needs.
Students may be eligible for the following financial assistance and government funding:
- OS-Help Loan – $3000
- Monash Abroad Travel Scholarship – $500
- Monash Malaysia Package –
- New Colombo Plan Scholarships – $2500
- Other Monash Scholarships
Undertake research at an undergraduate level with the support of the Centre for Undergraduate Research Initiatives and Excellence (CURIE). CURIE provides a range of interdisciplinary research experiences that supplement your studies and expand your networks.
Available double degrees with our Bachelor of Media Communication: