Master of Communication Studies

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.

Quick facts

Programme Code: AK1323
Level: 9
Points: 180
Duration: 1 1/2 years full-time / up to 4 years part-time
Venue: City Campus
Start date: 29 February 2016 and 18 July 2016

Entry requirements

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

(c)  Postgraduate Certificate in Communication Studies

(d)  Postgraduate Diploma in Communication Studies

(e)  Bachelor of Communication Studies (Honours)

An applicant must have completed (a) or (b) with a B grade average or higher at level 7, or (c), (d) or (e) with a B grade average or higher across the programme.

An applicant may be required to attend a selection interview.

Additional entry & selection criteria

Guidelines to entry


To qualify for the Master of Communication Studies, a student must complete 180 points.

Paper choice is flexible but includes a core research methods paper and at least one paper that contextualises developments in media and communication studies. Further choices include other contextually oriented papers and a range of creatively focused papers.

You will complete a dissertation, in consultation with the programme leader and a supervisor who advises you about the design of your research. The dissertation can be produced either in a traditional academic format or in parts as a creative research component (such as a screenplay, an in-depth journalism piece, digital media artifact, radio programme, or public relations campaign).

Dissertations that include a creative component will also include an analysis that places the creative work in its critical, theoretical, historical and personal context.

Select 15 points:
Research Methodology
149107 Media Communication Research Methods (15 points)
149141 Digital Media Research Methods (15 points)
149148 Multimodal Mediated Research Methods (15 points)

Select 75 points:
Media Context
149108 A Political Economy Approach to the Media (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)

Communications & Public Relations
149124 Public Relations Concepts and Critique (15 points)
149142 Journalism and Media Relations (15 points)
149145 Managing Communication and Public Relations (15 points)
149154 International Public Relations (15 points)

Creative Industries
149122 Critiquing Creative Organisations (15 points)
149128 The Creative Industries, Culture and the Market Place (15 points)

Digital Media
149117 3D Animation (15 points)
149120 Interactive Media (15 points)
149123 Moving Image (15 points)
149146 Digital Visual Communication (15 points)
149147 Web Media (15 points)

149121 Investigative & Agenda-Setting Journalism (15 points)
149143 Journalism Law and Ethics (15 points)
149144 Journalism Theory and Practice (15 points)
149149 News Editing and Design Workshop (15 points)
149150 Public Affairs Reporting Workshop (15 points)
JOUR800 Magazine Journalism (15 points)

JOUR801 Asia-Pacific Journalism Studies (15 points)

149125 Radio (15 points)

Screen Production
149126 Screenwriting (15 points)
149127 Television (15 points)
149135 Documentary Studies (15 points)
149151 Advanced Screen Post Production (15 points)
149152 Advanced Non Fiction Screenwriting (15 points)
149153 Producing for the Screen (15 points)

Additional Papers
149106 Cooperative Education (30 points)
149109 Project (30 points)
149110 Media Communication Reading Paper (15 points)

Or any other postgraduate paper approved by the programme leader.

COMM998 Communication Studies Thesis (90 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.

Last updated: 21-Jul-2015 4.01pm

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.