The Master of Communication Studies is your opportunity to research an area of your interest in the field of communication studies – from journalism to public relations, and radio to critical discourse analysis or film studies.
In your first year, you complete papers that are a mix of creative and academic work, and cover current developments in media and communication studies.
The research thesis is at the core of the programme. You'll work with our experienced supervisors to design and develop your thesis. Many of our students produce a creative component as part of their thesis, for example a screenplay, an in-depth journalism piece, digital media artefact, radio programme or public relations campaign.
Must have completed the Bachelor of Communication Studies or an equivalent qualification with a B grade average or higher in Level 7 papers.
May be required to attend a selection interview.
IELTS (Academic) 7.0 overall with 7.0 in Writing, 6.5 in Reading, 6.5 in Listening and 7.0 in Speaking; or equivalent
In the first part of your study you choose papers to suit your individual interests, including a core research methods paper and at least one paper on current developments in media and communication studies.
In the second part of your study, you focus on your thesis. The thesis can be produced in a traditional academic form or may include a creative component as part of your research inquiry. A thesis that includes a creative component also needs to include a written exegesis that analyses and critically reflects on the creative work in its critical, theoretical, historical and personal context.
Or any other postgraduate paper approved by the programme leader.
Detailed programme structure and paper outlines (Blackboard)
Search for a paper (Arion)
Enrolment in papers is subject to meeting all requirements and availability of papers.
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