Bachelor of Communication (Public Relations)

Qualification: Bachelor's Degree
Study mode: Online
Payment options: HECS-HELP may be available
Duration: 3 years full-time or equivalent part-time
Start date: Enquire now for upcoming start dates
Awarded by: Swinburne Online (RTO 3059)

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About this course

In an increasingly digitalised and fast paced economy, information travels fast. That’s why managing the image and brand of an organisation is so crucial to keeping a company relevant and connected with their target market. This Bachelor of Communication (Public Relations) course will teach you to develop public relations strategies to improve and a business’ image to all stakeholders.

This online course, provided by Swinburne Online, covers both communication and marketing principles to give you a comprehensive range of skills and theory to apply to the modern day workforce. Your written and verbal communication skills will also be honed as you learn to build and sell messages to a wide range of audiences and cultures.

The course, designed by public relations professionals, will teach you public relations principles and skills that can be directly applied to your current or future workplace. That includes campaign planning and evaluation, industry specific and audience targeted writing, and the use of digital technologies.


Applicants must meet the following entry requirements to enrol in this course:

  • Successful completion of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), or its equivalent, including units 3 and 4 in English with a minimum score of 25, and meeting the associated minimum ATAR score


  • Completion or partial completion of an approved tertiary qualification


  • Significant and relevant work experience

Areas of study

In this public relations course, the subjects you will study include:

  • Learning and communicating online
  • Professional communication practice
  • Fundamentals of marketing
  • Introduction to media studies
  • Integrated marketing communications
  • Global public relations practice
  • Public relations theory and practice
  • Public relations writing
  • Events management
  • Issues, crisis and risk communication
  • Public relations project and campaign planning
  • Professional practice: client and agency management
  • Introduction to design principles and processes
  • Contemporary design issues
  • Marketing and communication information and decision making
  • Media/literature project A

Students must also complete 8 elective units.

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How will this course advance my career?

Designed by industry experts and public relations professionals, this course provides workplace transferable skills for roles in public relations, media coordination and events management. Additionally this online course will improve your communication ability and understanding of the media and its relationships to other industries.

How else will I benefit from this bachelor’s degree?

  • Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised, accredited Bachelor of Communication (Public Relations) from Swinburne University of Technology.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and a qualification that’s highly valued.
  • Course materials provided.
  • Recognition of Prior Learning may be available for formal training or qualifications in this field.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen you may be eligible to receive a government study loan through HECS-HELP.

Swinburne Online also offers a number of scholarships and grants as a means of promoting equality, recognising excellence, and alleviating financial hardship. Enquire now for more information.

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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).

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RTO 3059
Swinburne Online combines the prestigious name and high-quality education of Swinburne University of Technology with the ease and flexibility of online study. Drawing on over 20 years’ experience in the online tertiary education space, Swinburne Online has already helped over 5,000 students graduate with an industry-recognised qualification. With a range of university degrees and vocational diplomas that cover specialities including education, social sciences, business, design and communication – Swinburne Online is dedicated to helping students achieve their potential.
As a Swinburne Online student, you will have access to variety of support options to help you get the most out of your learning experience. A dedicated team of Student Liaison Officers (SLOs) are available seven days a week to answer any of your questions – be it academic, technical or administrative. You will also be assigned an eLearning advisor for the duration of your course, who will be your academic point of contact.

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