MC248 - Master of Communication

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Plan: MC248 - Master of Communication
Campus: City Campus

Overview

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: 192
Career: PGRD
Duration: 2 years FT, 4 years PT (For more information, see Articulation and Pathways section)
Location: Onshore, City Campus
Owning school: Media and Communication (345H)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/mediacommunication
ASCED code: 100799
CRICOS code: 083948E

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Purpose of the Program

The aim of this program is to create global communication professionals with specialised knowledge and transferable skills for the private and public sector (business, government, non-government and civil society). You will develop your leadership skills for the future through exploring theoretical frameworks and practical applications of contemporary communication. This will include strong connections with industry and community groups.

The professional research project is a capstone experience, in which you will synthesise and integrate your knowledge, connect theory and practice, and demonstrate holistic achievement of the program learning outcomes.

Graduates of the program typically find employment in strategic communication across diverse industry and community settings. The program is suitable for both local and international students, with recent graduates having come to Melbourne from Singapore, India, Columbia, Malaysia, Thailand, Norway, Canada, Denmark, Kenya, Germany, USA and England. The program is consistently sought after by those who recently completed their undergraduate degree, mature-age students and international students alike. It particularly appeals to practitioners in middle-management roles and returning to part-time study for career progression.

On completion of the program, graduates will be communication leaders with specialised knowledge of the global communication industry. You will be able to work collaboratively in international and interdisciplinary teams and will be prepared for professional leadership roles in a range of corporate communication or communication for social change contexts. You will be able to provide high quality outcomes in delivering global, integrated communication solutions in a digital age.

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Articulation and pathways

Articulation agreements between RMIT University programs enable you upon graduating from an RMIT University qualification to apply for advanced standing in a higher level qualification.

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

If you have successfully completed one of the following undergraduate programs below you will be eligible for the 1.5 year (144 credit points) duration of the program. You will receive 48 credit points exemption from the University for courses in the program's first year.

  • BP223 Bachelor of Communication (Public Relations)
  • BP222 Bachelor of Communication (Professional Communication)
  • BP220 Bachelor of Communication (Journalism)

If you have successfully completed the postgraduate program below you will be eligible for the 1 year (96 credit points) duration of the program. You will receive 96 credit points exemption from the University for courses.

  • GD074 Graduate Diploma in Journalism

If you have successfully completed one of the following qualifications specialising in: public relations, corporate/strategic communication, professional communication and/or journalism, you will be eligible for exemptions as detailed in the table below.

Qualification LevelExemptionsRemaining program duration
Bachelor degree48 credit points (equivalent to one semester full time study)144 credit points (equivalent to three semesters full time study) 
Bachelor honours degree96 credit points (equivalent to two semesters full time study)96 credit points (equivalent to two semesters full time study)
Graduate certificate48 credit points (equivalent to one semester full time study)144 credit points (equivalent to three semesters full time study)
Graduate diploma96 credit points (equivalent to two semesters full time study)96 credit points (equivalent to two semesters full time study)

Applicants with a bachelor honours degree, graduate certificate, graduate diploma or masters degree qualification majoring in a different discipline may also be eligible for credit transfer or recognition of prior learning.

The Graduate Diploma of Communication (GD196) is available as an exit award of the Master of Communication (MC248). Upon completion of the first year of the Masters program (96 credit points), including core courses, you will be eligible to exit the program with the Graduate Diploma of Communication (GD196).

If you wish to exit early with the Graduate Diploma you must have completed all 96 credits points or have been granted credit for previous study at an equivalent level (AQF 8), i.e. honours, graduate certificate or graduate diploma in the field of public relations, corporate/strategic communication, professional communication and/or journalism. 

Upon successful completion of the Master of Communication (MC248) you may be eligible to undertake further studies in related programs at RMIT University, including Postgraduate Research programs, subject to each program's entry requirements.

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Entrance requirements

Program Entry Requirements

A bachelor degree in any discipline with a minimum GPA of 2.5, or at least three years of professional experience in the public relations, corporate/strategic communication, professional communication and/or journalism area.

For equivalents to Australian academic entry requirements, see the Country equivalents web page (http://www.rmit.edu.au/international/country-conversion).

English Language Requirements

A minimum of IELTS (Academic module) overall score of 6.5, with no band less than 6.0, or equivalent.

For equivalents to English entry requirements, see the English equivalents web page (http://www.rmit.edu.au/international/english-equivalent).

 

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External accreditation and industry links

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

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

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

Communication has a Program Advisory Committee (PAC) that links you with industry standards and practice. Ongoing engagement with the PAC ensures that this program is relevant to industry needs and expectations.

In addition, Communication draws on outside industry experts as guest lecturers to ensure that you are exposed to the latest industry developments. Industry professionals also provide you with exposure to current industry practice.

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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 at RMIT University you can use all the services provided by the Library. These include study spaces, books, journals and course-related materials such as DVDs, past exams, and newspapers. You can also request items from any library in the world through our document delivery service.

RMIT Library staff can show you how to find the information you need for your assignments and how to make the most of the library resources. You can speak to a librarian, work through web-based tutorials or use our online “Ask a Librarian” service. 

All students have unlimited access to our specialist electronic resources. These include e-books, e-journals and newspapers to make it easier for you to get the information you need, when you need it.  Our collections are continually updated to ensure the currency and accuracy of the resources you use.

Computers are available at every Library site. You can access the Internet, myRMIT and Library e-resources. You can also access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library.

You can find more information on Library resources and services at: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library

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 resources and opportunities to help you to achieve your study and career goals.
Services are available face to face and online for:

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We offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.  The Ngarara Willim Centre offers ongoing guidance with study, living and cultural needs.

You can find more information at http://www.rmit.edu.au/students

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