Master of Public Relations & Advertising & Master of Design

The Master of Public Relations and Advertising and Master of Design at UNSW allows you to study a combination of two postgraduate degrees over two- or three-years full-time. It’s the ideal double degree for industry professionals who want to advance their career in advertising or design. 

The Master of Public Relations and Advertising and Master of Design helps professionals build on their existing education and knowledge. Study in both disciplines enables you to think critically and develop public relations and advertising strategies, design capabilities and digital media practice. Both degrees combine contemporary theory with creativity, research and practical industry skills.  

Shaping Well-Rounded Professionals 

At UNSW, we give high-achieving students who have completed a relevant honours degree, graduate diploma or bachelor’s degree the opportunity to enrol in a master degree. Professionals can choose to take a streamlined degree of two years, full-time or those with less relevant experience can study for three years, full-time.  

Graduates of the Master of Public Relations and Advertising and Master of Design are well-rounded communication professionals known for their creativity, innovation, intellectual ability and strategic thinking. 

UNSW Arts & Social Sciences is one of the largest faculties of its kind in Australia and is ranked well above world standards in research excellence. We’re celebrated for our active and engaged research community. Our academics at the are world-renowned scholars, teachers and researchers.  


This program is structured to acknowledge and recognise the skills that individuals bring to their postgraduate education. More experienced students can undertake a streamlined degree while students with less professional experience will study for the full 2 years.

The program includes three different streams to choose from including: 

  • PR & Advertising/Design A – 2 year stream
  • PR & Advertising/Design B – 2.5-3 year stream

Your Career 

The Master of Public Relations and Advertising and Master of Design at UNSW will equip you with the personal confidence and professional capabilities needed to move into creative leadership roles. Career opportunities upon graduation include roles in the following fields:  

  • Graphics 
  • Media and digital design 
  • User experience (UX) and responsive design 
  • Communications 
  • Branding and advertising 
  • Social innovation and entrepreneurship 
  • Creative consultancies (media studios and design-led businesses) 

What Our Students Say

"I think that UNSW has a really good reputation in the industry and they set you up for success by having a healthy balance of theoretical and practical course work with the addition of a meaningful industry internship. UNSW really did set me up for success by creating and enabling an environment whereas students we built relationships with one another, we had collaborative classrooms and were encouraged to work with our peers in group assignments. Your peers really are your key contacts when you step out into the workforce.

- Jessica Travers, UNSW Public Relations and Advertising Alumn 

You can find more information on this degree including entry requirements on the UNSW Degree Finder.

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