Communication and Media studies

Critically engage with theories and debates in an era where communications remain influential in private, public and cultural spheres. See how communications and media relate to media histories, institutions, policy and ethics. Get the exciting opportunity to look at developing communications and media technologies. Investigate the impact that the iPod, the e-book, Facebook and other contemporary media place upon modern society, and understand the integral role these technologies play in daily life.

Available as a major or minor.

What is it?

Our Communication and Media studies program is one of the largest in Australia. We explore the ways in which media are now a central part of daily life. You will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to make sense of the changing media landscape, and to examine its impact on how we live, work and connect. Our staff are leading researchers in understanding how media audiences, industries and texts are produced and circulated within contemporary culture and society. You will gain valuable skills that are highly transferable and applicable to your future career across a number of industries, while enjoying the world-class standards that come with being part of the Monash University community. In 2015 our program was ranked number 1 in Australia in the QS World University Rankings by Subject.

How to Study

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Major: 8 units (48 points) taken over 3 years. This is the area of study you choose to specialise in.

Minor: 4 units (24 points) taken from an area of study that is different to your major.

You must complete 48 credit points (8 units) of your course before you are eligible to go on exchange. Usually this means waiting until your second or third year of study to go on exchange.

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 local students.

Find out more information on how to apply as an international student

An extended major made up of 12 units (96 points) taken over three years.

Student Opportunities

Study Overseas

As a Monash student, you have the option to make your course an international one. One option is to study at a Monash campus abroad, with Malaysia, South Africa or Prato to choose from. You can do an exchange at a partner university, or study abroad at a university of your choice. You choose where you want to go and we’ll help you get there.

We encourage you to expand your horizons at Monash by studying at universities overseas. A student exchange is an ideal way to advance your skills and immerse yourself in the culture of the country you’re studying. 

Exciting Career Prospects

Communication and Media studies will equip you for a wide variety of careers, including advertising, corporate communications, lobbying and consultancies, marketing and promotions, media and issues management, media policy, media programming, political advertising, public relations, speech writing, industrial relations, employment relations, human resources, and project management.