Communications and media studies



    Our program offers you:

    International relevance

    The Monash Master of Communication and Media Studies degree was launched in 1992 as part of a special initiative of the Australian Government. The program is designed to provide the knowledge and skills needed for media and communications careers in local and international government, business and not-for-profit sectors, with degree studies referencing industry examples from around the world.

    Specialist postgraduate studies

    The Master of Communications and Media Studies is a dedicated graduate program. Unlike similar programs at many other institutions, our degree studies are not available to undergraduate students. The teaching format of our program is specialised graduate seminars for postgraduate level students only. We also offer flexible study options, local and international industry internships and international study opportunities.

    Strong industry links

    Our program combines scholarly excellence with industry relevance, led by teachers with substantial industry experience in journalism, radio, public relations and film, in addition to their academic qualifications. Our teachers will introduce you to the latest developments and research in communications and media, but always with a view to ‘real world’ application, and many of our study units feature guest industry lecturers.

    Our teaching staff.

    Research-led teaching

    Our Communications and Media Studies program is strongly underpinned by research and is housed in the National Centre for Australian Studies (NCAS), a leading Australian research hub. Our academic staff members have taken leading roles in highly regarded research bodies, including: the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association, the Cultural Studies Association of Australasia, the ARC Cultural Research Network and the International Australian Studies Association. This research strength means that you can be confident that knowledge gained in our program is at the forefront of the field.

    Industry internships

    You will have the opportunity to undertake an industry internship for credit towards your degree. Our students have recently completed internships at organisations including the Slattery Media Group, Greta Donaldson Publicity, and the Australian Government’s Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy.

    APG5751 Communications Industry Internship

    Field trips

    You may also wish to complete the Field Trip in Media and Communications elective unit, which provides an opportunity to engage directly with industry professionals.

    APG5752 Field Trip in Media and Communications

    International internships

    Our international internship program is offered to Monash students in Australia and Malaysia, supported by strong links between academic staff at Melbourne and Kuala Lumpur campuses.

    With the course coordinators approval, it may also be possible to undertake an international internship in other destinations. For example, students in our program have recently completed internships with the United Nations in New York and with Shandong Television in China.

    International networks

    As a Monash Master of Communications and Media Studies student, you will have the opportunity to undertake studies at an international university as part of your degree.  Our program has excellent international networks and partners, and you may wish to participate in an international student exchange semester at one of 130 partner universities as part of your degree studies.

    For more information, visit: Monash Study Abroad

    Flexible study options

    The Master of Communications and Media Studies may be completed in 1.5 years (3 semesters) on a full-time study basis or 3 years (6 semesters) on a part-time basis.

    It comprises three core (compulsory) units and three elective units chosen from a range of study areas, including new communication media, international communication and the rapidly changing structure of media organisations. Full-time students take two units in each semester.

    You will have the option in your final semester of an industry internship.

    Course information

    For all relevant information about Communications and Media studies course options, including pre-requisites and course structure, please see the Monash Subject Handbook.

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  • Staff Associated with the Communication and Media Studies program: Associate Professor Mark Gibson, Program Coordinator, has more than 20 years experience in teaching and research in five Australian states and territories, and is editor of a leading journal in the field, Continuum. He has also played a prominent role in the Australian and New Zealand Communication ... Read more