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Master of Professional Communication

Course code L44

Communication is the key to solving the world’s problems. Diplomatic breakthroughs, scientific discoveries, life-saving health advice – all these things depend on the ability to communicate clearly and effectively.

Communication also increasingly relies on an understanding of cultural context, across complex global networks.
If you have a bachelor’s degree in any field, this course will equip you with the communication skills to unlock the potential of your degree; and to really have an impact. You’ll master successful oral communication techniques, learn how to write for specific audiences and become proficient at analysing digital texts. You’ll also learn best-practice communication strategies to manage interactions between organisations.
As part of the course and to contextualise your learning to your own interests and expertise, you’ll design and execute a Masters project. This will be a guided independent study that emphasises a process of inquiry, analysis, and synthesis of communications theory and practice to your own discipline.

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Course overview

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Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

L44

Fees

Domestic fee paying - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $19,150

See Fees and Scholarships for further information.

Duration

2 years full-time or part-time equivalent

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Availability & Campus

Semester 1 Semester 2
Joondalup
Mount Lawley FT PT FT PT
South West
Online
FT - Full-time PT - Part-time

Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

L44

CRICOS code

083661J

Fees

International students - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $31,350

See Fees and Scholarships for further information.

Duration

2 years full-time

See Course Details for further information.

Availability & Campus

Semester 1 Semester 2
Joondalup
Mount Lawley FT FT
South West
Online
FT - Full-time PT - Part-time

Course Entry

Admission requirements you'll need to meet for this course.

  • Academic admission requirements (Band 6) may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

    • Bachelor degree; or
    • Equivalent prior learning including at least five years relevant professional experience.
  • English competency requirements may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

    • IELTS Academic Overall band minimum score of 6.5 (no individual band less than 6.0);
    • Bachelor degree from a country specified on the English Proficiency Bands page;
    • Successfully completed 0.375 EFTSL of study at postgraduate level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent);
    • Where accepted, equivalent prior learning, including at least five years relevant professional experience; or
    • Other tests, courses or programs defined on the English Proficiency Bands page.

Course Details

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Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Mount Lawley

Semester 1: Study part-time at Mount Lawley

Semester 2: Study full-time at Mount Lawley

Semester 2: Study part-time at Mount Lawley

Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Mount Lawley

Semester 2: Study full-time at Mount Lawley

Course Structure

Year 1 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
CMM5160Effective Communication in Professional Contexts20
CMM5165Media and Society in a Globalised World20
CMM5170Advertising and Brand Awareness20
Year 1 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
CMM6116Methods of Inquiry20
CMM6150Media and Transnational Asia20
CMM5180Public Relations Strategies20
Year 2 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
CMM5175Journalism in the New Media: Converged Environment20
CMM5110Globalisation, Cultural Diversity and Innovation20
CCA6150Project Preparation20
Year 2 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
CCA6240Masters Project 130
CCA6250Masters Project 230

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For more detailed unit information for this course take a look at our Handbook. To organise your life for next semester visit the Semester timetable.

Student handbook

Course notes

Important course notes

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply cognitive, technical and creative skills to investigate, evaluate and synthesise complex concepts in authentic situations.
  2. Apply communication and collaboration skills to produce contributions to professional practice.
  3. Reflect critically on a complex body of knowledge, research principles and methods to demonstrate mastery of Communications principles.
  4. Use high level self management skills to plan and execute a substantial project.

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Our future student events include a mix of on-campus and online sessions designed to help you decide what to study at ECU.

Fees and Scholarships

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AUD $19,150 *

* Domestic fee paying - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'Estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the actual amount you'll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

AUD $31,350 *

* International students - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, and has been calculated based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for each individual unit you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the actual amount you'll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

Scholarships

ECU has a scholarship program that provides many opportunities each year to students undertaking studies here.

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    • If a course is available to study part-time you can generally expect it to take twice as long to complete as it would in full-time mode. Part-time students are enrolled in 1 or 2 units maximum per semester.

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