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Prepare to lead the communication industry into a new era with La Trobe's Master of Communication.

You’ll enhance your understanding of journalism practice and develop business, marketing, project management and software design skills to give you the entrepreneurial edge a 21st-century media professional needs.

There are two specialist streams to choose from.

The Master of Communication (Journalism Innovation) is designed to provide you with the practical skills to advance your career as a media practitioner. Explore the latest digital journalism and publishing trends, use state-of-the art technologies to enhance your portfolio and stand out in this global industry.

The Master of Communication (Public Relations) focuses on communicating in the fast-changing world of business and government. In private, public and not-for-profit enterprises only candidates with expert knowledge, practical experience and industry connections stand out from crowd. Our graduates develop skills, insight and expertise that enable them to build a successful career in this evolving industry.

Whether you opt to accelerate your career in new era newsrooms, or turn your talents toward shaping public perception, our Master’s degree will fast-track your future.

Career opportunities

La Trobe’s Department of Media and Communication is well connected. Through internships and employment involving students, alumni and academics, the La Trobe name is valued by high-profile organisations including:

  • ABC
  • Fairfax
  • News Corp
  • Melbourne WebFest
  • SBS
  • Channel 9
  • The McGrath Foundation
  • International Musicians League (New York)
  • Tennis Australia

Depending on your major you could forge a career in:

  • advertising
  • communications practice
  • issues and crisis management
  • journalism
  • marketing
  • media management
  • public relations
  • sales promotion
  • senior and general management positions
  • social media
  • strategic planning.

The insights, expertise and industry connections you gain with a Master of Communication will ensure you have the career know-how to spot opportunities and act. Across Australia and around the world, our communication graduates have secured jobs in:

  • custom magazines
  • government
  • in-house media
  • major listed companies
  • new and emerging media
  • newspapers
  • not-for-profits.
  • online media
  • politics
  • radio
  • television.

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Professor Lawrie Zion

Department of Communications and Media
Humanities and Social Sciences
College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce

Knowing how to navigate a newsroom is easier when you learn from someone who has lived and breathed the media industry in Australia for their entire career.

Lawrie Zion has over 25 years’ experience in the media, including a nine-year stint at ABC radio, where he was based at Triple J. Lawrie has worked for The Australian, The Age, US-based trade paper The Hollywood Reporter, Rolling Stone Australia and HQ. He’s also been a regular guest on the Ten Network’s The Panel. Lawrie continues to appear regularly on ABC radio and on ABC TV's News Breakfast.

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Course details for local students

Master of Communication (Journalism Innovation)

Course offer year:
2018
Semester starts:
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Fees amount:
$20,200 per 120 credit points.
Campus:
Melbourne
Duration:
Either 1.5 years full-time (3 years part-time) or 2 years full-time (4 years part-time). The length of the course will be determined by the relevance of your previous educational experience.
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of an Australian Bachelor's degree (or international equivalent) with a minimum 60 per cent average. Prior learning developed through relevant work experience or professional accreditation, where it is deemed to be at least equivalent to that obtained through a Bachelor degree, may be considered. In making an offer to an applicant, the University will give consideration to a range of factors to determine whether an applicant has demonstrated the capacity to work at a Masters level, including academic record, English proficiency, and/or employment experience. The Bachelor degree (or equivalent) must be deemed cognate and marks reflective of the capacity to work at the Masters level to gain entry to a 1.5-year Master's degree, otherwise, the applicant will be considered for a 2-year Master degree program, which involves initial entry into a fully upgradeable Diploma entry pathway. NB: Meeting minimum entry requirements does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
See Student Handbook for more details:

The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

Master of Communication (Public Relations)

Course offer year:
2018
Semester starts:
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Fees amount:
$19,600 per 120 credit points.
Campus:
City
Duration:
2 years
Prerequisites:
An approved Bachelor's degree with 60% average in the humanities, social sciences or similar discipline. NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
See Student Handbook for more details:

The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

Sample course structure

Journalism Innovation

Core subjects

  • Academic Integrity Module (online)
  • Digital Editing and Publishing
  • Digital Journalism
  • Social Media Practice and Journalism
  • The Working Journalist
  • Journalism Internship

Electives

  • Advanced Journalism and Design
  • Contemporary Approaches to Development
  • Contemporary International Relations
  • Digital Editing and Publishing
  • Human Security and Development (City Campus)
  • International Business
  • Internet Client Engineering
  • Introduction to Accounting and Finance
  • Issues in International Studies and Development (City Campus)
  • Journalism Research
  • Managing Innovation in Organisations (City Campus)
  • Online Journalism Production
  • Political Economy (online)
  • Principles of Economics
  • Social Policy Analysis and Advocacy
  • States in Transition: Peacebuilding after Civil War and Regime Change
  • Strategic Communication Practices
  • Sustainable Management and Marketing

Public Relations

Core subjects

  • Academic Integrity Module (online)
  • Issues Management in Strategic Communication
  • Strategic Communication in Society
  • Strategic Communication Research
  • Strategic Communication Strategy
  • Strategic Communication Thesis/Research Project
  • Strategic Communication Writing
  • Strategic Political Communication

Electives

  • Advanced Journalism and Design
  • Applied Market Research
  • Digital Editing and Publishing
  • Digital Journalism
  • Entrepreneurship in IT
  • Governance in a Globalising World
  • How Social Change Happens
  • Inclusion in Communities
  • Law and Ethics in Journalism
  • Management Practice and Theory
  • Online Journalism Production
  • Podcasting
  • Principles of Economics
  • Project Management (City campus)
  • Quantitative Skills for Social Research
  • Security in a Borderless World
  • Social Media Practice and Journalism
  • Strategic Communication Practices
  • The Working Journalist

Exit points

  1. Graduate Certificate – successful completion of 60 credit points (six months’ full time study)
  2. Graduate Diploma – successful completion of 120 credit points (one-year full time)

This sample course structure is only indicative. For an up to date version please consult the Handbook.

Note: Student visa holders must enrol in the full-time Master’s degree due to visa requirements.

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Choose Master of Communication at La Trobe

Prepare to lead the communication industry into a new era with La Trobe's Master of Communication.

You’ll enhance your understanding of journalism practice and develop business, marketing, project management and software design skills to give you the entrepreneurial edge a 21st-century media professional needs.

There are two specialist streams to choose from.

The Master of Communication (Journalism Innovation) is designed to provide you with the practical skills to advance your career as a media practitioner. Explore the latest digital journalism and publishing trends, use state-of-the art technologies to enhance your portfolio and stand out in this global industry.

The Master of Communication (Public Relations) focuses on communicating in the fast-changing world of business and government. In private, public and not-for-profit enterprises only candidates with expert knowledge, practical experience and industry connections stand out from crowd. Our graduates develop skills, insight and expertise that enable them to build a successful career in this evolving industry.

Whether you opt to accelerate your career in new era newsrooms, or turn your talents toward shaping public perception, our Master’s degree will fast-track your future.

Career opportunities

La Trobe’s Department of Media and Communication is well connected. Through internships and employment involving students, alumni and academics, the La Trobe name is valued by high-profile organisations including:

  • ABC
  • Fairfax
  • News Corp
  • Melbourne WebFest
  • SBS
  • Channel 9
  • The McGrath Foundation
  • International Musicians League (New York)
  • Tennis Australia

Depending on your major you could forge a career in:

  • advertising
  • communications practice
  • issues and crisis management
  • journalism
  • marketing
  • media management
  • public relations
  • sales promotion
  • senior and general management positions
  • social media
  • strategic planning.

The insights, expertise and industry connections you gain with a Master of Communication will ensure you have the career know-how to spot opportunities and act. Across Australia and around the world, our communication graduates have secured jobs in:

  • custom magazines
  • government
  • in-house media
  • major listed companies
  • new and emerging media
  • newspapers
  • not-for-profits.
  • online media
  • politics
  • radio
  • television.

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Effective professional development for graduate researchers and early career researchers.

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Staff profile

Professor Lawrie Zion

Department of Communications and Media
Humanities and Social Sciences
College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce

Knowing how to navigate a newsroom is easier when you learn from someone who has lived and breathed the media industry in Australia for their entire career.

Lawrie Zion has over 25 years’ experience in the media, including a nine-year stint at ABC radio, where he was based at Triple J. Lawrie has worked for The Australian, The Age, US-based trade paper The Hollywood Reporter, Rolling Stone Australia and HQ. He’s also been a regular guest on the Ten Network’s The Panel. Lawrie continues to appear regularly on ABC radio and on ABC TV's News Breakfast.

See Professor Zion's full profile

Course details for international students

Master of Communication (Journalism Innovation) (090067B)

Course offer year:
2018
Semester starts:
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Fees amount ($A):
30 800
Campus:
Melbourne
Duration:
2 years
English language requirements:
IELTS (Academic) score of 7.0 with no individual band score less than 6.5.
Academic entry requirements:
NB: Meeting minimum entry requirements does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
See Student Handbook for more details:

The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

Master of Communication (Public Relations) (090068A)

Course offer year:
2018
Semester starts:
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Fees amount ($A):
30 200
Campus:
City
Duration:
2 years
English language requirements:
An overall IELTS academic score of 7.0 with a score of no less than 7.0 in writing, listening, reading and speaking.
Academic entry requirements:
An approved Bachelor's degree with 60% average in the humanities, social sciences or similar discipline. NB: Meeting minimum entry requirements does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
See Student Handbook for more details:

The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

Sample course structure

Journalism Innovation

Core subjects

  • Academic Integrity Module (online)
  • Digital Editing and Publishing
  • Digital Journalism
  • Social Media Practice and Journalism
  • The Working Journalist
  • Journalism Internship

Electives

  • Advanced Journalism and Design
  • Contemporary Approaches to Development
  • Contemporary International Relations
  • Digital Editing and Publishing
  • Human Security and Development (City Campus)
  • International Business
  • Internet Client Engineering
  • Introduction to Accounting and Finance
  • Issues in International Studies and Development (City Campus)
  • Journalism Research
  • Managing Innovation in Organisations (City Campus)
  • Online Journalism Production
  • Political Economy (online)
  • Principles of Economics
  • Social Policy Analysis and Advocacy
  • States in Transition: Peacebuilding after Civil War and Regime Change
  • Strategic Communication Practices
  • Sustainable Management and Marketing

Public Relations

Core subjects

  • Academic Integrity Module (online)
  • Issues Management in Strategic Communication
  • Strategic Communication in Society
  • Strategic Communication Research
  • Strategic Communication Strategy
  • Strategic Communication Thesis/Research Project
  • Strategic Communication Writing
  • Strategic Political Communication

Electives

  • Advanced Journalism and Design
  • Applied Market Research
  • Digital Editing and Publishing
  • Digital Journalism
  • Entrepreneurship in IT
  • Governance in a Globalising World
  • How Social Change Happens
  • Inclusion in Communities
  • Law and Ethics in Journalism
  • Management Practice and Theory
  • Online Journalism Production
  • Podcasting
  • Principles of Economics
  • Project Management (City campus)
  • Quantitative Skills for Social Research
  • Security in a Borderless World
  • Social Media Practice and Journalism
  • Strategic Communication Practices
  • The Working Journalist

Exit points

  1. Graduate Certificate – successful completion of 60 credit points (six months’ full time study)
  2. Graduate Diploma – successful completion of 120 credit points (one-year full time)

This sample course structure is only indicative. For an up to date version please consult the Handbook.

Note: Student visa holders must enrol in the full-time Master’s degree due to visa requirements.

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