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Diploma in Professional Communication

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  • Payment options:

    HECS-HELP may be available

  • Duration:

    Up to 4 years part-time

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  • Awarded by:

    University of New England

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What you'll learn

About this course

If you're a communications professional seeking skills development, or a keen writer looking for a qualification, the Diploma in Professional Communication from the University of New England (UNE) is for you.

No experience is required to commence this course, but its broad focus across a range of particular skill areas and contexts leaves both amateur and professional students with a well-rounded, well-developed skillset.

You'll study units on screenwriting, digital publishing, academic writing, rhetoric, and speaking in public, leaving you with a broad range of technical communications skills. You'll also study the style, context, and diversity of language and writing across a variety of cultures - giving you a culturally nuanced understanding of the context your writing sits in.

You'll develop an ability to analyse and critically engage with information, and graduate with the professional qualification and abilities to enhance your career prospects.


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

  • Have completed Australian senior secondary studies with an ATAR equal to or above this year's admission cut-off; OR
  • Have completed an overseas secondary or tertiary qualification/s deemed equivalent; OR
  • Have completed, or part-completed, an approved Australian post-secondary or tertiary qualification; OR
  • Have completed an approved admission scheme or pathway; OR
  • Satisfied the requirements of an approved inter-institution agreement; OR
  • Obtained other equivalent qualifications and/or vocational experience; OR
  • Satisfied the requirements for non-standard admission.

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

Areas of study

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

  • Screen media
  • Media convergence and culture
  • The craft of academic writing
  • Writing for work: styles and contents
  • Communication in culturally diverse contexts
  • Speaking in public
  • Bridging languages and cultures in the digital age
  • Persuading the public: rhetoric in public affairs
  • Language and the law
  • Aboriginal resilience and the arts
  • Working with Aboriginal people
Established in 1938, the University of New England (UNE) is Australia’s longest standing provider of distance education and continues to be at the forefront of innovations in online learning. The university offers over 200 courses at the undergraduate, postgraduate and higher degree research levels. UNE is committed to offering a variety of flexible study options so that students are able to manage their personal commitments while undertaking a university education.
The University of New England (UNE) prides itself on providing the highest quality student support to ensure that students have the necessary tools to pursue their goals. Students can easily access a plethora of dedicated services including counselling, disability needs, academic and study skills, Aboriginal affairs and career development.

With over 60 years of distance education experience, UNE has devised flexible online study options over 3 study periods a year so that students are able to utilise their time more effectively or even accelerate their degree. For courses that require hands-on experience, UNE offers Intensive School programs where students are exposed to vital practical components of their course.

To support ongoing learning, students can get the help they need via email, phone or online chat. You can expect a well-rounded and supported experience throughout your UNE study journey.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised Diploma in Professional Communications from the University of New England.

Graduates have the opportunity to pursue employment in a range of areas, including writing, journalism, editing, publishing, public relations, and presenting. Students may also choose to undertake further study after completing this course in order to specialise further.

UNE is committed to a holistic approach to education, ensuring that all graduates also possess the following transferable attributes:

  • Communication skills
  • Capacity for problem solving
  • Information literacy
  • Awareness of ethical conduct and social responsibility
  • Independence and collaboration
  • A thirst for lifelong learning

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

  • Writer
  • Journalist
  • Editor
  • Media Presenter
  • Marketing Officer
  • Public Relations Officer

Payment options & support

Finance options

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

The University of New England 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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