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Bachelor of Arts (Communication and Media Studies)

  • Qualification:

    Bachelor's Degree

  • Study mode:

    On Campus

  • Payment options:

    HECS-HELP may be available
    Payment plan
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

  • Start date:

    Enquire now for upcoming start dates!

  • Awarded by:

    Murdoch University

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What you'll learn

About this course

This Bachelor of Arts (Communication and Media Studies) through Murdoch University will have you ready to pursue a career in the fast-paced digital world of communication and media. You'll develop critical thinking and analytical skills as well as the practical means to communicate through the written word, and using audio and video content.

The course features essential core units, along with research skills units in your second and third year. You'll be given the opportunity to choose a primary major, and are encouraged to undertake a second major based on the general electives you select. On-the-job placements are a crucial part of the course.

Throughout the course, the university's leading academics are joined by a host of expert professionals as they teach you how to use your knowledge and creativity to thrive in this truly global industry.


To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Completed Australian senior secondary studies with an ATAR equal to or above this year's admission cut-off; OR
  • Achieved a multiple choice score of 135 or above in the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT); OR
  • Completed a recognised post-secondary course; OR
  • Completed approved university preparation (foundation) studies; OR
  • Completed at least one year of study at a recognised tertiary or higher education institution; OR
  • Completed 2 units at an Australian university or through Open Universities Australia

If you don't meet any of these academic entry requirements, Murdoch University offers several pathways, including the FlexiTrack university preparation program, to help you qualify for this course.

Areas of study

In this media and communications course, the subjects you may study include:

Year 1

  • Academic learning skills
  • Ideas and identity
  • Introduction to communication
  • Introduction to media studies
  • Contemporary culture

Plus a prescribed number of general electives and university-wide breadth units.

Year 2

  • Screen: small, medium and large
  • Old media, new media
  • Audiences, users and participants

Plus a research skills unit, according to your chosen major, and a prescribed number of general electives.

Year 3

  • Communicating global issues
  • Media governance and the public sphere
  • Critical topics in communication and media studies

Plus a research skills unit, according to your chosen major, and a prescribed number of general electives.

You may be eligible for advanced standing if your previous education or work experience meet certain criteria.

One of the top 500 universities in the world (2016-2017 Times Higher Education World University Rankings), Murdoch University has a reputation for excellence in teaching and research. Across its campuses in Australia, Dubai and Singapore, Murdoch offers over 200 undergraduate and postgraduate courses spanning a broad range of disciplines, including veterinary science, Information Technology, law, business, psychology and counterterrorism. Murdoch University is part of the Innovative Research Universities network, a group of universities that advises the Australian government on higher education policy.
Murdoch University is committed to providing tailored support to all its students in order to help them meet their educational objectives. It provides a wide range of dedicated services, including career and employment assistance, counselling, disability support, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs and study advice. In addition, students have access to a wide range of services including mentoring for first-year students and bespoke programs to support learners who are elite athletes, international students, LGBTIQ students or reservists in the Australian Defence Force.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised Bachelor of Arts (Communications and Media Studies) from Murdoch University.

A wide range of opportunities are available to media and communication specialists, whose skills are required by corporate, government and not-for-profit employers alike. Graduates can pursue paths in strategic communications, community engagement, public relations, publicity and promotions, information and knowledge management, marketing, advertising, sponsorship and stakeholder liaison.

Curious about where a career in communications could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

  • Journalist
  • Information Manager
  • Marketing Officer
  • Content Producer
  • Public Relations Officer
  • Social Media Officer
  • Analytics Expert

Payment options & support

Finance options

Eligible students can apply for a HECS-HELP loan to cover the upfront costs of all or part of your fees.

Alternatively, you can pay annually for the units you choose to study in that year.

Murdoch University also offers a number of scholarships to successful applicants.

You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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