MC080 - Master of Communication

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Plan: MC080P8 - Master of Communication
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Master of Communication
Award abbreviation: MComm
Total credit points: 144
Career: PGRD
Duration: 1.5 years (3 semesters) full time, 3 years (6 semesters) part time
Location: Onshore, City Campus
Owning school: Media and Communication (345H)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 100700
CRICOS code: 061182F

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Purpose of the Program

The Master of Communication program provides you with a mix of theoretical and professional knowledge in various areas of professional communication practice. It is designed to extend your professional knowledge alongside theories that will help you decide when to apply them strategically. It will also give you a broad orientation to communication industries as they operate within a social context. If you are already a communication professional returning to study, the program allows you to build on your practical experience with more theoretical understanding.

This professionally oriented coursework program offers you professional education options in public relations, journalism, editing and publishing, cinema, and new media technology, with courses exploring the theory and practice of professional communication. You will have the opportunity to study these areas with students from other media and communication disciplines.

On completion of the program you will be a responsive and reflective professional who can work efficiently, both independently and collaboratively. You will be able to apply strategic and sustainable principles in your communication practice and leadership roles in global and interdisciplinary contexts. You will be able to lead and produce the outcomes required for high quality communication in contexts that embrace a range of media and communication formats.


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Articulation and pathways

Pathways refer to related programs for which you may be eligible once you have graduated from your current program.

Upon successful completion of this program you will be eligible to undertake further studies in related programs at RMIT University subject to each program's entry requirements.

Advanced Standing

You will be considered for entry with advanced standing of 48 credit points if you have successfully completed with a minimum GPA requirement of 2, one of the following programs and have the recommendation of an academic supervisor:

  • GD073 Graduate Diploma in Editing and Publishing
  • GD074 Graduate Diploma in Journalism
  • GD075 Graduate Diploma in Public Relations
  • or an equivalent qualification
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Entrance requirements

Academic entrance requirements: An Australian undergraduate degree or its equivalent, with a minimum GPA of 3. Applicants with significant work experience or professional practice in the discipline may also be considered.

International English language requirements:

  • IELTS (Academic): 7.0 (no band less than 6.5)
  • TOEFL (Paper based): 600 (TWE 5.0)
  • TOEFL (Internet Based Test – iBT): Overall score of 100 with minimum of 24 in writing and 22 in all other sections
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE(A)): 65 (no band less than 58)
  • Cambridge English – Advanced (CAE): CAE Grade B
  • RMIT English Worldwide (REW) – English for Academic Purposes (EAP) programs: (Advanced 2 certificate pre-2011)

Extra requirements: All applicants must include with their application a short (400-500 word) explanation of their interest in undertaking the Master of Communication.

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External accreditation and industry links

External Accreditation

This program is not accredited with any professional external accreditation organisations.

Industry Links

The School of Media and Communication has many close links with industry which take on a variety of different forms.

Academics within the School are strongly encouraged to maintain their linkages with industry.

Each discipline area runs a Program Advisory Committee (PAC) that consists of high profile industry representatives. Part of the PAC’s brief is to ensure that their programs’ links with industry standards and practice remain current.

In addition the School makes regular use of outside industry experts as guest lecturers to ensure that you are exposed to current industry developments in communication. The regular use of sessional teaching staff also provides you with exposure to current industry practitioners.

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Library resources and services

As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials, such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.

Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT ( or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library and at wireless points throughout the university. Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service. The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT University students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, ejournals and newspapers.

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Online learning tools and content

You can access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses at myRMIT

Services available to you as a student at RMIT University

RMIT University provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals.

Services are available face to face and online assisting with:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant
  • enabling assistance if you have a disability, long term medical condition or other form of disadvantage which may impact on your learning career development and employment
  • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters)
  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
  • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance

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