Master of Communications and Media Studies

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Welcome to the Master of Communications and Media Studies program

The Master of Communications and Media Studies at Monash aims to further students’ understanding of communications and media systems both locally and globally. 


The Master of Communications and Media Studies course focuses on challenges posed by the emergence of digital media, globalisation and increasing levels of cross-cultural exchange. The last decade has been one of unprecedented change in communications and media content, forms, technology and policy with wide-ranging implications for business, politics, public administration and everyday life. This course examines these developments from an historical, political and theoretical perspective.

The program is particularly designed to focus on themes relevant to those employed, or seeking employment, in communications and media industries (e.g. electronic journalism, policy formulation, public relations, and tourism marketing), and those wishing to expand their expertise for teaching purposes or further study.

The master’s degree draws a diverse and highly-motivated group of students not only from Australia, but also China, India, South East Asia, Europe and Latin America. The subject offerings are dedicated postgraduate units with classes run in seminar format and through fieldtrips to media industries, allowing a vibrant and stimulating engagement with issues at the cutting edge of international developments in communications and media.

International Relevance and Practical Experience

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

International Networks

As a Monash Master of Communications and Media Studies student, you will have the opportunity to undertake studies overseas as part of your course. Monash partners with more than 100 international institutions around the world, including Monash Malaysia where this course is also taught.

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You will have the opportunity to undertake an industry internship for credit towards your degree. Other practical skills opportunities include field trips engaging with major media and communications companies and international internships.

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Strong Industry Links

Our program combines scholarly excellence with industry relevance, led by teachers with substantial industry experience in journalism, television, radio/audio, public relations, publishing and film, in addition to their academic qualifications.

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Research-led teaching

Our Communications and Media Studies program is strongly underpinned by research and is housed in the Communications and Media section of the School of Media, Film and Journalism.

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

How to Study

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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.

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.

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Contact us

For course specific information and other general questions, please visit our future student enquiries page.
Call us on 1800 MONASH (1800 666 274)
From outside Australia phone  +61 3 9902 6011

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