Master of Journalism

Welcome to the graduate Journalism program

The graduate Journalism program provides you with the opportunity to work with award-winning journalists and academics with strong industry links, as they cultivate high-level skills in research and reporting across all media – print, online, radio and video – and explore the role of the media in contemporary society.

There is no more important job than journalism. It plays a crucial role by scrutinising and holding to account those in power and with influence; it exposes corruption and sheds light on systemic failings. Its essence is in finding the truth and telling the story, whether in politics, fashion, sport … The field of interest is as irrelevant to the quality of the journalism as the medium through which the story is told.

As a Monash Journalism graduate, you will inform and shape the future. The only question is: What is the world you would like to create?

International Relevance and Practical Experience

As a student in Monash’s Master of Journalism program, you will have the opportunity to engage with industry and participate in study tours and field schools both in Australia and overseas.

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Research-led Teaching

Journalism is multi-disciplinary and the Monash staff are active researchers in a range of fields. For example, the discipline head, Assoc Professor Philip Chubb, has recently published a book (Power Failure, Black Inc., 2014) on the inside story of climate politics in the Rudd and Gillard years.

Masters coordinator Dr Deb Anderson will publish a book later this year on the lived experience of drought in the Mallee region of Victoria (Endurance, CSIRO Publishing, forthcoming 2014).

Bill Birnbauer is preparing a book on the future of investigative journalism. Dr Fay Anderson is preparing a book on the history of the Australian reporting of the Holocaust.

All of the staff are research active in their own fields of interest and their expertise as researchers influences the curriculum and their teaching in profound ways to the benefit of students.

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Industry Engagement

We have strong relationships with the media industry, in many cases stemming from the senior editorial backgrounds of key staff. Our program offers internship opportunities in a wide range of media outlets, from mainstream newspapers to niche websites specialising in areas such as politics, arts or fashion. Internships provide real-world experience that is important for students’ career development.

Even more valuable are the publishing opportunities provided through our industry links. Our industry opportunities are soon to be augmented by a modernisation of our Journalism facilities costing almost $2 million. The new hub will include a student lounge, as well as state-of-the-art production facilities for video, audio and online, modelled on the best industry has to offer.

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International Opportunities

The Monash Journalism program is deeply collaborative. We have links with Research Institutes and Centres for Investigative Journalism in the USA, including the Center for Investigative Reporting in San Francisco and the Center for Public Integrity in Washington, DC. We have continuing links for student and staff exchanges with European universities.

We are also prominent participants in the Australian Consortium for In-country Indonesian Studies (ACICIS) program. This program gives students the opportunity to gain experience in professional media outlets in Indonesia.

As part of the internship unit, we will be offering a field trip to Hong Kong from 2015 to spend time at outlets such as Reuters, Associated Press, CNN, Time International and BBC.

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Student Publishing

It is important for students to strive to publish their work. The more you publish, the better your CV will look when you come to find a job. At Monash, we provide mojo, Dangerous Ground and Melbourne Tribune to make your journalism available to the public.

We also help and encourage you to publish in mainstream media. Several students who won major national awards in recent years had their work published in big outlets, such as The Age, Herald Sun ​and the ABC, well before we talked them through how to apply for Walkley and Melbourne Press Club recognition.

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Higher Research

We have a strong doctoral research program involving both a coursework component and thesis; the thesis can be produced as either the traditional scholarly monograph or as a substantial piece of original journalistic research, such as a book. We encourage innovative approaches to journalism.

Our staff welcome enquiries about doctoral supervision in their particular areas of research interest and expertise and, for general information about the doctoral program, you can contact Associate Professor Philip Chubb.

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Double Masters Degrees

Depending on your interests and career aspirations, at Monash Journalism you have the option of undertaking a double Masters in Journalism and International Relations.

To find out more about this program, please see “How to Study” below.

All students can apply for funding to attend international field schools via Monash Abroad.

How to Study

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To expand your skills in two key areas, students have the option of studying a double masters program. While studying in a Master of Journalism, you can also complete a Master of International Relations.  Learn more

Click here for information about fees and entry requirements for the double Masters.

Click here for fees and entry requirements for domestic and international students.

Click here for Scholarships and Funding information for domestic and international students.

See Fees and Entry Requirements (above) for English language requirements for this course.

Visit English language requirements for information on:

  • English language proficiency tests – what is required and how to arrange testing
  • The Monash University English Language Centre as a pathway for students who need help to meet the minimum English language requirements

See Fees and Entry Requirements (above) for a link through to study length options available for this course.

Depending on your qualification background and study goals, most of our Masters programs are available in three versions:

  • 96 points - Duration: 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time
  • 72 points - Duration: 1.5 years full-time, 3 years part-time
  • 48 points - Duration: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Full-time and part-time study options

Domestic students can reduce the number of units they study each semester by choosing to enrol part-time. If you choose to study part-time, be aware that:

  • Night classes may not be available for all units.
  • This option is not available to international students.

A small number of CSP places are available for some of our Masters programs. Refer to Fees and Entry Requirements (above) to check availability of CSP places for this course. Where places are available we automatically assess all eligible applicants before semester one and two for this award. High-achieving students should ensure they apply before the advertised deadline for the relevant intake to be ranked for potential selection. Applications received after the deadline may be accepted for a full-fee place, however will not be considered for a Commonwealth Supported place.

We consider you an international student if you are not:

  • an Australian or New Zealand citizen, or
  • an Australian permanent resident.

Note: We consider Australian and New Zealand citizens and Australian permanent residents as domestic students.

Our postgraduate courses are designed to meet the needs of students who have recently finished their degrees, individuals entering the industry for the first time or current industry professionals looking at furthering their career opportunities.

What Our Alumni Think

Our graduates have found employment in government and private sector organisations or have become young entrepreneurs establishing their own firms both in Australia and internationally.

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Meet Our Academic Teaching Staff

Our academic teaching staff members are innovative researchers and established industry professionals.

Associate Professor Philip Chubb

Associate Professor Philip Chubb

Associate Professor Chubb is the Head of Journalism and teaches the core unit Research and Writing. Before joining Monash in 2008, Phil enjoyed a career in journalism and multimedia publishing that saw him publish books, create TV documentaries and win many of the country’s top awards, including a Gold Walkley and a Logie.

Dr Deb Anderson

Dr Deb Anderson

Dr Anderson is coordinator of the Journalism Masters program and teaches the core unit Journalism in Society. Deb’s journalism career before joining Monash was as a features writer and sub-editor at The Age in Melbourne and Sydney Morning Herald. She also had extensive journalism and production experience both in Australia and abroad.

Dr Nasya Bahfen

Dr Nasya Bahfen

Dr Bahfen previously worked as a radio and online journalist and producer for ABC Radio Australia and SBS. Her freelance writing and commentary includes feature articles and opinion pieces for The Age, Daily Life, the Far Eastern Economic Review, and the Brunei Times; and hour-long radio documentaries for ABC Radio National and ABC Grandstand Digital.

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