Journalism & Communication

Overview

Become an innovative and internationally minded communicator

The Master of Journalism and Communication at UNSW provides students with a comprehensive education in journalism, media studies and communication.

Our postgraduate program will enable you to develop specialist knowledge of the social, economic and political role of media in Australia and internationally. You will be encouraged to reflect on varied international approaches to media and communication practice, and will gain an understanding of the evolving nature of the convergent media landscape. 

Our journalism and communication courses are innovative, interdisciplinary, and internationally minded. They have been designed for graduates and professionals seeking to expand their knowledge and skill base, and/or enter the journalism, media and communication industries.

Practical experience

As a postgraduate Journalism and Communication student at UNSW, we train you to be industry-ready; with practical assessment tasks that teach you to think critically about media practice, using reflective and ethical decision making in its production. You will learn from leading researchers and industry practitioners with a focus on community engagement.

Our students acquire a portfolio of skills in media practice, equipping them for work in print, radio, television and online media, and in the media relations and corporate communication sectors.

Structure

The Master of Journalism and Communication is structured to accurately reflect the skills that each individual brings to their postgraduate education.

Experienced students can undertake a streamlined degree of 1 year (48 units of credit) while students with less professional experience will study for 1.5 years (72 units of credit).


1 year plan (48 units of credit

This is for students who have completed a relevant Honours degree or Graduate Diploma, or those who have completed a relevant Bachelor degree and one year professional experience. Please read the entry requirements section (see below) for full eligibility criteria.

The 1 year plan allows experienced students to fast track their postgraduate study, completing their Master of Journalism and Communication in just one year. During this period students complete 48 units of credit, or 8 courses.


1.5 year plan (72 units of credit)

This is for students who have completed a relevant Bachelor degree but have limited professional experience.

Students who have completed undergraduate studies in any discipline but have professional experience in a relevant field may also be eligible. Please read the entry requirements section (see below) for full eligibility criteria.

The 1.5 year plan will deepen your contextual knowledge of journalism and communication before developing more advanced competencies and skills. During the program students complete 72 units of credit, or 12 courses .


What will you study?

Core courses

  • Broadcast Journalism
  • Online and Mobile Media
  • Feature Writing
  • Media Law and Ethics

Research or practice path 

All students studying a Master of Journamlism and Communication can choose to follow either a research path or a practice path.

Alternatively, students can choose to follow both pathways with fewer electives.

Research path

The research path is Ideal for students seeking further study in a Higher Degree by Research, such as a PhD. Students will focus on qualitative research and undertake a research project.

Practice path

The practice path is designed for students who would prefer to explore long-form narrative journalism.

Entry requirements

Students must meet one of the relevant selection criteria to be eligible for entry in the 1 year or 1.5 year Master of Journalism and Communication program.


1 year plan

  • Honours degree or Graduate Diploma (or equivalent qualification) in a relevant discipline with a record of academic achievement equivalent to a UNSW credit average (65%).
  • Bachelor degree (or equivalent qualification) in a relevant discipline with a record of academic achievement equivalent to a UNSW credit average (65%), plus one year relevant professional experience*.

1.5 year plan

  • Bachelor degree (or equivalent qualification) in a relevant discipline with a record of academic achievement equivalent to a UNSW credit average (65%).
  • Bachelor degree (or equivalent qualification) in any discipline with a record of academic achievement equivalent to a UNSW credit average (65%), plus one year relevant professional experience*.
  • Honours degree or Graduate Diploma (or equivalent qualification) in any discipline with a record of academic achievement equivalent to a UNSW credit average (65%)

Relevant disciplines and experience

Relevant disciplines include: Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Media, Communications, Journalism, Public Relations, Advertising, Marketing, Business, Economics, Commerce and Law

Relevant professional experience can include: work in the public relations, advertising, journalism, or media and communication sectors; or at least one year of workplace experience at management level.

*one year full-time or part-time equivalent.


Entry score calculator

Not sure if your past academic achievements are equivalent to a UNSW credit average?

Use the UNSW postgraduate coursework Entry Score calculator to convert and scale other types of grading schemes into a percentage relatable to UNSW entry requirements.

The results will help you determine whether your undergraduate grades make you competitive for entry to postgraduate coursework programs at UNSW.

Careers

UNSW Master of Journalism and Communication graduates work across all areas of media including:

  • journalism
  • freelance writing
  • editing, publishing
  • media research
  • media production
  • strategic communications
  • public relations

Opportunities

Research pathways

Our new straightforward research pathways are open to our high achieving Master of Journalism and Communication students seeking further study in a Higher Degree by Research, such as a PhD.

Internships opportunities

As a postgraduate student in the Master of Journalism and Communication, you will have the opportunity to pursue an internship to further your practical training.

Key teaching staff

Students in the Master of Journalism and Communication learn from leading Academic staff with a wealth of professional and research experience.

Dr Kath Albury
Media researcher, feature writer and media commentator

Dr Christopher Kremmer
Senior Lecturer

Dr Collin Chua
Program Convenor

Emily Booker
News and current affairs television reporter, PR professional

Michelle McAuslan
Media, ethics and law professional

UNSW handbook

Degree program structure and academic rules information for 2015:


If you are a current student who commenced studying prior to 2015, please see the 2014 handbook for full information about your program.

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