The Master of Communication Studies is a postgraduate research degree. You have the possibility to mix creative and traditional academic work in the first year of taught papers and extend your knowledge and skills into your research in the second year. Supervision staff have expertise across a range of fields, from journalism to organisational communication, radio to critical discourse analysis, political economy to digital media production, and film studies to public relations.
Programme Code: AK3482
Duration: 2 years full-time / Maximum 5 years part-time
Venue: City Campus
Start date: 2 March 2015 and 20 July 2015
In order to be admitted to the Master of Communication Studies an applicant must have completed the following or equivalent:
(a) the Bachelor of Communication Studies or
(b) a relevant graduate diploma.
An applicant must have completed (a) or (b) above with a B grade average or higher at level 7.
An applicant may be required to attend a selection interview.
Most papers last one semester and are worth 15 points. Students must complete 120 points each year (240 points for the entire qualification).
In the first year you choose papers to suit your individual interests, including a core research methods paper and at least one paper that contextualises current developments in media and communication studies. Further choices include other contextually oriented papers and a range of creatively focused papers.
Core Research Methods: Select 15 points from
149107 Media Communication Research Methods (15 points)
149141 Digital Media Research Methods (15 points)
149148 Multimodal Mediated Research Methods (15 points)
And at least 105 points from
149106 Cooperative Education (30 points)
149108 A Political Economy Approach to the Media (15 points)
149109 Project (30 points)
149110 Media Communication Reading Paper (15 points)
149111 Media, Culture & Society (15 points)
149112 New Media & Society (15 points)
149114 Time, Temporality and Globalisation (15 points)
149116 Selected Topics in Media Communication Practice (15 points)
149138 Celebrity Culture & the Social Organisation of Fame (15 points)
Including no more than 30 points from
149117 3D Animation (15 points)
149120 Interactive Media (15 points)
149121 Investigative & Agenda-Setting Journalism (15 points)
149122 Critiquing Creative Organisations (15 points)
149123 Moving Image (15 points)
149124 Public Relations Concepts and Critique (15 points)
149125 Radio (15 points)
149126 Screenwriting (15 points)
149127 Television (15 points)
149128 The Creative Industries, Culture and the Market Place (15 points)
149135 Documentary Studies (15 points)
149142 Journalism and Media Relations (15 points)
149143 Journalism Law and Ethics (15 points)
149144 Journalism Theory and Practice (15 points)
149145 Managing Communication and Public Relations (15 points)
149146 Digital Visual Communication (15 points)
149147 Web Media (15 points)
149149 News Editing and Design Workshop (15 points)
149150 Public Affairs Reporting Workshop (15 points)
149151 Advanced Screen Post Production (15 points)
149152 Advanced Non Fiction Screenwriting (15 points)
149153 Producing for the Screen (15 points)
149154 International Public Relations (15 points)
JOUR800 Magazine Journalism (15 points)
JOUR801 Asia-Pacific Journalism Studies (15 points)
Or any other postgraduate paper approved by the programme leader.
This is a research year where you will work with a supervisory team to conceptualise, design and develop a research thesis. The thesis can be produced in a traditional academic form or may include a creative component (such as a screenplay, an in-depth journalism piece, digital media artifact, radio programme, or public relations campaign) as part of your research inquiry. A thesis that includes a creative component will also produce a written exegesis that analyses and critically reflects on the creative work in its critical, theoretical, historical and personal context.
Enrolment in a thesis is subject to achieving at least a B- (70%) average in year one papers including a pass in Research Methods and submitting an approved research proposal (PGR1 form)
149129 Thesis (120 points)
Click here to view programme structure and paper outlines.
Additional course information can also be found here.
Enrolment in papers is subject to meeting all requirements and availability of papers.
Please contact the Programme Administrator, Jessie Hsu for programme information and availability of papers.
The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.