MC248 - Master of Communication

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Plan: MC248 - 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: 192
Career: PGRD
Duration: 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time, Reduced duration available
Location: Onshore, City Campus
Owning school: Media and Communication (345H)
Owning school URL:
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.

Most courses in this program are delivered face to face at our city campus and some are available fully online.  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

Successful completion of one of the following programs with a minimum GPA of 2.5 (out of 4.0) guarantees entry into the program with 48 credit points of exemptions (equivalent to one semester full-time study).    

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

Successful completion of GD074 Graduate Diploma in Journalism guarantees entry into the program with 48 credit points of exemptions (equivalent to one semester full-time study). 

If you have already developed areas of skill and knowledge included in this program (for example, through prior studies or work experience), you can apply for credit once you have enrolled in this program.

If you have gained one of the following qualifications in advertising, corporate/strategic communication, digital communication strategy, journalism, professional communication and/or public relations, you may be eligible for masters exemptions relevant to your qualification level as stated in the table below. Please note that credit granted towards masters exemptions cannot be transferred to an exit award such as a graduate certificate or graduate diploma.

Qualification Level Exemptions Remaining program duration
Bachelor degree 48 credit points (equivalent to one semester full time study) 144 credit points (equivalent to three semesters full time study) 
Bachelor honours degree 96 credit points (equivalent to two semesters full time study) 96 credit points (equivalent to two semesters full time study)
Graduate certificate 48 credit points (equivalent to one semester full time study) 144 credit points (equivalent to three semesters full time study)
Graduate diploma 96 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 media and communication discipline may also be eligible for exemption of up to 48 credit points (equivalent to one semester full time study).

Upon successful completion this program, 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.

The Graduate Diploma of Communication (GD196) is available as an exit award of this program if you have successfully completed the 96 credit points listed in this structure. If you wish to exit early with the Graduate Diploma you must have completed all 96 credit points or have been granted credit for previous study at an equivalent level (AQF 8).

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Entrance requirements

You must have successfully completed an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent overseas qualification) with a minimum GPA of 2.5 (out of 4.0) or at least three years professional experience in public relations, corporate or strategic communication, professional communication and/or editing and publishing.

English language requirement

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 requirements web page.

Selection task

Applicants must include in their application a statement explaining their interest in studying the program and how they believe the program will advance their career or offer new opportunities, their awareness of current global trends in persuasive communication and brand management, providing detail of any previous work experience in the industry.

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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:

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