Overview

Whether it’s creating podcasts, filming documentaries, or writing, the Master of Media and Communication gives you a broad skillset to advance in the industry. Enhance your production, digital technology, research, and project management knowledge with a specialisation. Upon graduating you’ll have completed an industry-based project, connecting you to the sector.

View the Master of Media and Communication handbook
There’s still time to start in Semester 1

Don’t wait another year to start your postgrad study. Start your application now and be in class by the end of February.

Upgrade your skills

  • Technical and analytical skills relevant to industry
  • Use technical and analytical approached to analyse contemporary media industry issues
  • Critically evaluate media texts
  • Interpret and communicate concepts and professional practice methodologies

Stretch your career further

  • Public relations
  • Web development
  • Journalism
  • Publishing

Key codes

CRICOS course code
093362D
International student visa

International students in Australia who hold student visas are required to study full-time and on campus. Courses that are taught entirely online are only available to international students studying outside Australia or those in Australia who are not on a student visa. Online courses are not available to international students in Australia who hold a student visa.

Qualifications

Applicants at the Masters level must satisfy the following requirements:

Applicants at the Masters level must satisfy the following requirements:

  • A recognised three-year Bachelor degree with a minimum average score of 60 per cent; or
  • Completion of the Postgraduate Qualifying Program (International Applicants only) with a minimum average score of 60%.
Admission requirements

Meeting the minimum entry requirements for the course does not guarantee an offer of a place. See admission requirements for general information about the admission process.

English language requirements

Satisfactory completion of one of the following:

Need to undertake an English assessment for entry?

A prerequisite for many courses, the Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic) can now be done at our Hawthorn campus.

Credit transfer

Credit is granted in recognition of previous study and/or experience and allows students to gain advanced standing towards their course. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) allows students to gain credit (advanced standing) towards their course in recognition of skills and knowledge gained through work experience, life experience and/or formal training. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Finding your fit

At Swinburne, we recognise that not one size fits all. If this course doesn’t meet all your study criteria, check out these alternatives.

How credit points work

To qualify for the award of Master of Media and Communication, students must complete 200 credit points comprising:

7
Core units
+
4
Units from specialisation 1
+
4
Units from specialisation 2
=
Masters Degree

Your units

Graduate Certificate

Completing 4 core units entitles you to the graduate certificate.

4
Core units
=
Graduate certificate
Units of study Unit code
Core units
Media Industries
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
MDA60008
Media Ecologies
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
MDA60021
Engaging Audiences
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
MDA70003
Digital Cultures: Aesthetics, Markets, Industries
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
MDA70005
Learn more about the Graduate Certificate of Media and Communication

Masters degree

Completing an additional 3 core units and 2 specialisations entitles you to the masters.

4
Core units
+
3
Core units
+
4
Specialisation 1 units
+
4
Specialisation 2 units
=
Masters degree
Units of study Unit code
Core units
Social Media Analytics
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
MDA80012
Data Analytics and Visualisation
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
MDA80009
Media Industry Experience
Core unit, 25.0 credit points
MDA80006

Specialisation 1

Students must complete four units in one of the following specialisations:

Units of study Unit code
Video Production Practice
Specialisation unit, 12.5 credit points
JOU60004
Audio and Broadcasting Practice
Specialisation unit, 12.5 credit points
MDA60022
Writing for Social and Mobile Media
Specialisation unit, 12.5 credit points
MDA70001
Multiplatform Media Production & Practice
Specialisation unit, 12.5 credit points
MDA60002
Units of study Unit code
Advanced Video Production and Practice
Specialisation unit, 12.5 credit points
MDA70006
Advanced Audio and Broadcasting Practice
Specialisation unit, 12.5 credit points
MDA70007
Immersive Media Experience
Specialisation unit, 12.5 credit points
MDA80010
Social Media Branding and Engagement
Specialisation unit, 12.5 credit points
MDA80007

Specialisation 2

Students must complete four units in one of the following specialisations:

Units of study Unit code
Advanced Video Production and Practice
Specialisation unit, 12.5 credit points
MDA70006
Advanced Audio and Broadcasting Practice
Specialisation unit, 12.5 credit points
MDA70007
Immersive Media Experience
Specialisation unit, 12.5 credit points
MDA80010
Social Media Branding and Engagement
Specialisation unit, 12.5 credit points
MDA80007
Units of study Unit code
Communications Management
Specialisation unit, 12.5 credit points
COM60002
Public Relations: Reputation to Risk
Specialisation unit, 12.5 credit points
PUB60001
Marketing Management
Specialisation unit, 12.5 credit points
MKT60010
Advertising in the 21st Century
Specialisation unit, 12.5 credit points
ADV80001
Units of study Unit code
Social Media Management Project
Specialisation unit, 12.5 credit points
MDA60009
Marketing Management
Specialisation unit, 12.5 credit points
MKT60010
Communications Management
Specialisation unit, 12.5 credit points
COM60002
Social Media Networks and Communities
Specialisation unit, 12.5 credit points
MDA80011

2024 fees

Yearly fee* ($AUD)

$27,400

Total fee* ($AUD)

$54,800

Commonwealth Supported Yearly Fee* ($AUD)

$16,323

Commonwealth Supported Total Fee* ($AUD)

$32,646

2024 fees

Yearly fee* ($AUD)

$37,240.00

Fees are estimates only

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. These fees apply for units studied in 2024 only and may change for units studied in future years. If part-time study is permitted, annual fees will be proportionally lower based on the number of units taken per semester.

Fees are estimates only

The indicative course fees shown apply to international students for the relevant year only. They are based on a standard study load per year. However, please note that fees are assessed according to a student's study load in each semester, and variation to study load will result in an adjustment to tuition fees. International tuition fees are generally inclusive of Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). All fees are subject to annual review and may be adjusted.

How do I pay my fees?

FEE-HELP is a loan given to eligible full-fee paying higher education students to help pay part or all of their tuition fees. The Commonwealth Government pays the amount of the loan directly to Swinburne.

International students need to pay tuition fees up-front by the relevant due date. You can find the due dates on your Statement of Account.

To pay your fees:

  • log in to My Finances
  • check your Australian bank account details are correct 
  • check your Statement of Account to see how much you owe 
  • pay using your preferred payment method.

Eligibility for FEE-HELP

You’re eligible for a FEE-HELP loan if you are studying an undergraduate or postgraduate degree, or UniLink or OUA course at Swinburne, and you:

  • are an Australian citizen doing at least one unit of your course in Australia; or
  • hold a permanent humanitarian visa and will be living in Australia for the duration of your course; or
  • hold a New Zealand Special Category visa and meet the special eligibility requirements for New Zealand citizens
  • are undertaking bridging study for overseas trained professionals and will be living in Australia for the duration of this study
  • have not exceeded the new combined Help Loan limit.
     

The HELP limit is the maximum amount you can borrow from the government in your lifetime towards your education costs. It is fixed and cannot be topped up.

Student services and amenities fee

This funding serves to improve the student experience at Swinburne. You may use many or just some of the services and amenities that the fee provides.

The fee shown in the capped amount for 2024.

This funding serves to improve the student experience at Swinburne. You may use many or just some of the services and amenities that the fee provides.

This amenities fee is included within your annual tuition fee listed above. The fee shown in the capped amount for 2024.

Please refer to the Student Services Amenities Fee page for more information.

SSAF fee* ($AUD)

$351.00

SSAF fee* ($AUD)

$351.00

Scholarships

Scholarship applications for 2023 are open. Scholarships at Swinburne are about providing opportunity, promoting equity and recognising excellence and achievement. We want you to reach your potential and achieve your life and career goals. 

Our handy guide will assist you to gather documents for your application.

When you apply for a Swinburne course, we automatically consider you for an international scholarship of up to 20 per cent off your course fees – no separate application required! Just apply for your Swinburne course of choice and when we review your course application, we will also assess you for an international scholarship.

Apply through an agent

Most international students use an education agent to help them through the application process. Swinburne has agents all over the world that can help you with your application to study. Search for a Swinburne representative in your country. If your country is not listed, please contact us.

Representatives and agents
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MA-MCO
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MA-MCO
CRICOS code
093362D
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Last date to apply
Start dates
Semester 1
Location
Hawthorn
Last date to apply
21-February-2024
Start dates
26-February-2024
Semester 2
Location
Hawthorn
Last date to apply
24-July-2024
Start dates
29-July-2024
Start dates
Location
Start dates
Semester 1
Location
Hawthorn
Start dates
26-February-2024
Semester 2
Location
Hawthorn
Start dates
29-July-2024
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