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Deakin University

Burwood, Melbourne , Victoria ,Australia

Bachelor of Communication (Honours)

Undertake a year of specialist study in a communication discipline that interests you most (advertising, journalism, public relations, digital media) with the Bachelor of Communication (Honours). You will work with experienced researchers and a dedicated supervisor to develop and research your own project, gaining valuable research skills and advanced knowledge sought after by employers. 

Honors is an optional year of study that allows you to combine the theory and practical skills gained throughout your undergraduate degree. 

You will engage with theories and concepts in your chosen discipline, explore various research methods, and then design a research project that you will carry through to its fruition under the guidance of an experienced academic supervisor. You’ll improve your critical and constructive thinking and gain practical research skills that you can use in a range of private and public sectors to positively impact issues you care about. 

Do you want to specialize in a particular aspect of communication? 

Work with a dedicated supervisor on a research project that you’re passionate about. Focusing on an issue with real-world application, you can specialize in any facet of communication including:

  • advertising
  • digital media
  • journalism
  • public relations.

Combine coursework along with your research project by engaging with theories and concepts in your chosen discipline. Use the opportunity this course brings to showcase your talents and work ethic to potential employers across a range of sectors.

Campus Information


The Melbourne Burwood Campus is Deakin’s largest. A short trip from Melbourne’s central business district, Burwood offers the perfect balance between city lifestyle and suburban comfort. On campus you will find impressive buildings and world-class facilities, a wide range of learning and social spaces, and a relaxed atmosphere. If you enjoy getting outdoors between classes, the Melbourne Burwood Campus also sits alongside parkland, which is great for walking, jogging and cycling.


  • March

Application Processing Time in Days: 5

Application Process

Application Outcome
7 Days
Visa processing time
35 Days

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

Work across a range of industries from public relations, multimedia production, and journalism, to advertising and marketing communication.

Deakin graduates find work across various organizations in the following roles:

  • advertising art director
  • advertising copywriter
  • brand manager
  • digital marketing or media specialist
  • digital media designer
  • event operations manager
  • illustrator
  • journalist
  • marketing and communications officer
  • media analyst
  • media and communications adviser
  • public relations manager
  • social media coordinator
  • tourism officer.

PSW Opportunity

  • N/A

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

Entry will be based on performance in:

  • a Bachelor degree or major in a related discipline with a WAM (Weighted Average Mark) of at least 65% in all level 3 and level 4 units (for Deakin awards) or final year units (for awards from other providers) OR
  • other evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent

Mandatory student checks

Any unit which contains work-integrated learning, a community placement, or interaction with the community may require a police check, Working with Children Check, or another check.

Supporting documents

When you apply to Deakin, it’s important to attach all requested supporting documentation, otherwise, your application could be delayed or disallowed.

Remember, most documents need to be certified before you upload them, so give yourself plenty of time to get organized.

Examples of certified copies you’ll need to include:

  • award certificates
  • academic transcripts
  • formal identity papers (e.g. your passport).

Documents in languages other than English will need to be translated. If you’re applying for a scholarship, please also check the specific supporting documents for that application.