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Unprecedented change in communications and media content, forms, technology and policy in the last decade has wide-ranging implications for business, politics, public administration and everyday life. Read more
Unprecedented change in communications and media content, forms, technology and policy in the last decade has wide-ranging implications for business, politics, public administration and everyday life. The Master of Communications and Media Studies builds your understanding of changing global contexts of media and communication practices. You will gain a critically informed understanding of key issues affecting the global communications industry focusing on the challenges posed by the emergence of digital media, globalisation and increasing levels of cross-cultural exchange. Industry engagement through guest speakers, internships, and opportunities for site visits in Australia and abroad will enhance your knowledge and professional competency.

As the most established program of its type in Australia, the Master of Communications and Media Studies has built up a long record of success. Ranked No.19 in the world in the QS World University Rankings by Subject for 2014, the program draws strongly on specialist expertise and focuses on fostering industry ready graduates.

The course is particularly relevant to those employed or seeking employment in communications and media industries (for instance, electronic journalism, policy formulation, public relations, or tourism marketing), as well as those who wish to expand their expertise for teaching purposes or further study.

You will be introduced to the latest developments and research in communications and media – including in social and online media – always with a view to "real world" application. Study units feature guest professional speakers in conjunction with industry focussed field trips to media outlets in Sydney, Melbourne and Shanghai.

In the Master of Communications and Media Studies course, you will have the opportunity to undertake industry internships in Australia and overseas. For example, students in our program have recently completed internships with the United Nations in New York and with Shandong Television in China.

Visit the website http://www.study.monash/courses/find-a-course/2016/communications-and-media-studies-a6003?domestic=true

Course Structure

The course is structured in three parts. Part A. Foundations for advanced communications and media studies, Part B. Core Master's study and Part C. Advanced expertise. All students complete Part B. Depending upon prior qualifications, you may receive credit for Part A or Part C or a combination of the two.

[Note that if you are eligible for credit for prior studies you may elect not to receive the credit.]

PART A. Foundations for advanced communications and media studies
These studies will introduce you to communications and media studies at advanced undergraduate or graduate level. They are intended for students whose previous qualification is not in a cognate field.

PART B. Core Master's study
These studies draw on best practices within the broad realm of communications and media studies practice and research to further your understanding of communications and media systems both locally and globally. Studies focus on the challenges posed by the emergence of digital media, globalisation and increasing levels of cross-cultural exchange.

PART C. Advanced expertise
The focus of these studies is professional or scholarly work that can contribute to a portfolio of professional development. You have two options.

The first option is a program of coursework study where you select the units to suit your own interests. This option includes the opportunity to undertake an internship in the field.

The second option is a 24 point research thesis. Students wishing to use this Masters course as a pathway to a higher degree by research should take this second option.

Students admitted to the course, who have a recognised honours degree in a cognate discipline including humanities or social sciences, will receive credit for Part C, however, should they wish to complete a 24 point research project as part of the course they should consult with the course coordinator.

For more information visit the faculty website - http://www.study.monash/media/links/faculty-websites/arts

Find out how to apply here - http://www.study.monash/courses/find-a-course/2016/communications-and-media-studies-a6003?domestic=true#making-the-application

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Develop the media communication, international relations and cultural studies skills you need for an international communications career. Read more

Overview

Develop the media communication, international relations and cultural studies skills you need for an international communications career.

You will learn about such topics as:
- global news production
- international public relations
- issues in global media

and be able to choose from a range of subjects such as:
- corporate writing
- digital audio/radio production
- interactive communication (which covers web design and new media).

The Master of International Communication is built on the research strengths of our academic staff. It examines the evolution of communication theories and strategies in response to modernisation and social changes.

See the website http://courses.mq.edu.au/international/postgraduate/master/master-of-international-communication

Key benefits

- Gain practical experience through an optional internship
- Access to the research strengths of our academic staff
- Examines current problems and situations in international communications
- Can be combined with the Master of International Business or the Master of International Relations

Suitable for

Those who wish to work in cross-cultural environments where many multinational organisations operate. These include corporations, NGOs and media organisations operating in the international arena.

Recognition of prior learning

Course Duration
- 1.5 year program
Bachelor degree in a relevant discipline;
Bachelor degree in any discipline and work experience in a relevant area;
Bachelor degree in any discipline (completed 10+ years prior) and work experience in a relevant area.

- 1 year program
Bachelor degree in a relevant discipline and work experience in a relevant area;
Honours, Graduate Diploma, Masters (coursework), or Higher Degree Research in a relevant discipline;
Work experience in a relevant area.

- Relevant disciplines
Media, Communications, International Relations, International Studies (non-languages), Political Science or International Relations or Policy Studies, History, Sociology, Law, Communications and Media Studies, International Business.

- Relevant areas
International communications, volunteer work including advisory, advocacy, consultancy, representation, analysis, research, management in public service, community, government relations, political and social, international or professional bodies, organisations, institutes or associations.

Relevant work experience in Public diplomacy, public relations, public policy, communications policy, communications strategy, media strategy, international relations, media policy, media writing.

English language requirements

IELTS of 6.5 overall with minimum 6.0 in each band, or equivalent

All applicants for undergraduate or postgraduate coursework studies at Macquarie University are required to provide evidence of proficiency in English.
For more information see English Language Requirements.

You may satisfy the English language requirements if you have completed:
- senior secondary studies equivalent to the NSW HSC
- one year of Australian or comparable tertiary study in a country of qualification

Careers

- Career Opportunities
This degree prepares postgraduates for careers in media, public affairs, corporate communication, development, diplomacy and policy arenas. It is an important milestone in the career paths of a variety of individuals including diplomats and international civil servants, policy makers, development specialists, international business people, project managers, media/communication managers and international journalists.

- Employers
Postgraduates who have completed the Master of International Communication have been employed in various parts of the world in the following areas:
- academia
- global media industry
- international development
- marketing
- non-government sector
- public affairs
- public relations industry
- public sector

See the website http://courses.mq.edu.au/international/postgraduate/master/master-of-international-communication

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This dynamic master degree will help you develop advanced skills and knowledge in media, culture, new technology and communications, while strengthening your ability to creatively solve problems. Read more
This dynamic master degree will help you develop advanced skills and knowledge in media, culture, new technology and communications, while strengthening your ability to creatively solve problems.

You will study a number of core units to introduce you to critical and conceptual theories in media and communication and to develop research skills. You will also study units in your chosen discipline.

In the second half of this degree you will apply these skills and understandings in the form of a professionally orientated project, with the opportunity to engage directly in a professional or creative industry environment.

Major areas of study

-Creative Practice (Creative Writing, Performance Studies or Screen Production)
-Professional Writing and Publishing
-Media Practice (Journalism or Corporate Media Production)
-Social and Cultural Inquiry (Literary and Cultural Studies or Social Science and Anthropology)
-Visualisation and Interactive Media

Career opportunities

Depending on which major you graduate from, you may work at a high level as a journalist, media presenter, writer, media liaison officer, audio and broadcasting technician, director, cinematographer, anthropologist and visualisation technology developer.

You may work in media and corporate communications in state, federal and local government, business and industry, the not-for-profit sector, arts organisations and publishing.

Further Studies

This course provides a pathway to doctoral research.

If you intend to undertake a PhD you must complete the Advanced Critical Reflection unit and achieve a course weighted average of 70 or higher.

Credit for previous study

If you have a background in media and communications, you may be eligible for 100 points of CRL.

-How this course will make you industry ready

-You will be taught by highly qualified, experienced and dedicated media academics and professionals.

-The course includes an extensive practical component that gives you an opportunity to network with industry professionals and graduate with a portfolio of work.

-You will gain communication, research, analytical and critical skills useful in many careers and industries. Our graduates enjoy an excellent reputation as professionals and as creative practitioners.

Other notes

-You may shorten your course by a maximum of six months if you receive CRL
-The requirements of this course may attract additional costs. For more information visit other fees and charges

2016 Curtin International Scholarships: Merit Scholarship

Curtin University is an inspiring, vibrant, international organisation, committed to making tomorrow better. It is a beacon for innovation, driving advances in technology through high-impact research and offering more than 100 practical, industry-aligned courses connecting to workplaces of tomorrow.

Ranked in the top two per cent of universities worldwide in the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2015, the University is also ranked 25th in the world for universities under the age of 50 in the QS World University Rankings 2015 Curtin also received an overall five-star excellence rating in the QS stars rating.

Curtin University strives to give high achieving international students the opportunity to gain an internationally recognised education through offering the Merit Scholarship. The Merit Scholarship will give you up to 25 per cent of your first year tuition fees and if you enrol in an ELB program at Curtin English before studying at Curtin, you will also receive a 10 per cent discount on your Curtin English fees.

For full details and terms and conditions of this scholarship, please visit: curtin.edu/int-scholarships and click on Merit.

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In this double degree you will learn the essentials of media communication, cultural studies and policy development in the increasingly globalised world whilst focusing on international issues and developing important international relations skills. Read more

Overview

In this double degree you will learn the essentials of media communication, cultural studies and policy development in the increasingly globalised world whilst focusing on international issues and developing important international relations skills.

The research project component of the degree can help prepare students for higher level tertiary study.

See the website http://courses.mq.edu.au/international/postgraduate/doublemaster/master-of-international-communication-with-the-degree-of-master-of-international-relations

Key benefits

- Breadth and international focus: develop a solid grounding in international communication and international relations through study in media communication, international relations and cultural studies

- Flexibility: study elective units from a range of communications and international relations disciplines; have the option of evening classes to help balance work requirements

- Coaching in academic and essay-writing skills is provided within the program

- Gain credit towards the degree and develop career opportunities by completing one of the international internship programs especially designed for Masters students in an approved institution in Australia or overseas

- Access to leading academics in the fields of international relations theory, democratisation, human rights, globalisation, security studies, regionalisation, and global political economy

Suitable for

This degree is suitable for people who wish to work in international organisations. A mixture of core units and electives will provide you with specialised knowledge and skills in the field of international communication and international relations.

English language requirements

IELTS of 6.5 overall with minimum 6.0 in each band, or equivalent

All applicants for undergraduate or postgraduate coursework studies at Macquarie University are required to provide evidence of proficiency in English.
For more information see English Language Requirements. http://mq.edu.au/study/international/how_to_apply/english_language_requirements/

You may satisfy the English language requirements if you have completed:
- senior secondary studies equivalent to the NSW HSC
- one year of Australian or comparable tertiary study in a country of qualification

Careers

- Career Opportunities
The course will be an important milestone in the career paths of a variety of individuals including diplomats and international civil servants, policy makers, development specialists, international business people, media managers and international journalists.

Employers
- diplomatic service agencies
- federal and local government
- global media industry
- international non-government organisations
- multinational corporations
- public sector
- United Nations

See the website http://courses.mq.edu.au/international/postgraduate/doublemaster/master-of-international-communication-with-the-degree-of-master-of-international-relations

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The Master of Crosscultural Communication is an exciting field of study in today’s globalised world, examining how communication happens in different societies (crosscultural communication), and how people from different societies interact (intercultural communication). Read more
The Master of Crosscultural Communication is an exciting field of study in today’s globalised world, examining how communication happens in different societies (crosscultural communication), and how people from different societies interact (intercultural communication).

In this course you will develop an understanding of how languages work, how societies and cultures differ and the variety of ways in which people from different societies and cultural backgrounds communicate using languages. On this foundation, you will be able to analyse intercultural communication.

You will have the flexibility to select your own pathway of electives such as: language, communication and translation; business and global communication; culture and media communication.

You can also choose to study a particular society, or focus on a research project.

To ask a question about this course, visit http://sydney.edu.au/internationaloffice/

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The Master of Media Practice focuses on media industry content production, in a rapidly changing, increasingly global context. Areas of study include writing for media, media liaison, broadcast and online journalism, ethical and legal issues in the media, and international media practice. Read more
The Master of Media Practice focuses on media industry content production, in a rapidly changing, increasingly global context. Areas of study include writing for media, media liaison, broadcast and online journalism, ethical and legal issues in the media, and international media practice.

This course will broaden your written and spoken communication skills, as well as your production skills in print, broadcast and online media. You will also develop a sophisticated understanding of the media industries, audiences and global media environments.

The Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate in Media Practice provide shorter avenues to update and extend your professional skills, or to explore new career directions.

To ask a question about this course, visit http://sydney.edu.au/internationaloffice/

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