• Toll free: 1800 258 5772

The University of Notre Dame Australia

Fremantle , Fremantle ,Australia

Bachelor of Commerce (Major: Public Relations)

Alongside marketing and accounting, public relations is a fundamental function of any business. This broad-based program will give you the skills to manage the internal and external relations and communications of the organisation you work for. Topics include consumer behaviour, integrated marketing, media planning and analysis. Graduates go on to have careers in politics, consumer research, marketing, sponsorship development and many areas of business.

Why study this degree?

Public relations is a mechanism through which organisations manage internal and external relations and communication with potential consumers and various stakeholders. Good communication practices improve the external reputation and productivity of organisations whether they are in the public, private or not-for- profit sectors. Our three-year program therefore covers every aspect of current public relations practice – from professional writing to events management. Along the way you will also learn some essential business skills, such as accounting and business law. This program will therefore appeal to students who have good organisational abilities and a strong creative flair.

Like other degree programs in the School of Business, this Public Relations Major offers the benefit of smaller classes to ensure you get the attention you need. Students will also participate in realistic case studies and client-based projects so that they can hone their skill in a practical setting. During the program you will produce public relations plans and campaigns for real business clients.

Upon graduation, you will become eligible to join the Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA) and work in a range of exciting industries and roles. Whether you choose to pursue a career in events management, public policy, media relations, consumer research, reputational management or crisis management, a degree from our university will put you ahead of the pack.

Campus Information

Sydney Campus

Our Sydney Campus is based across two sites – Broadway and Darlinghurst – both located in the vibrant social hub of the harbour city. The Broadway site is at the heart of Sydney’s uni precinct, a short walk from Central Station and close to Darling Harbour. Darlinghurst is situated to the east of the CBD, nestled in Sydney’s shopping and cafe district.

Intakes

  • Feb
  • July

Application Processing Time in Days: 20

Application Process

More Information Required
10 Days
GTE/Possible Interview call from Institution
10 Days
Provisional/Unconditional Offer
20 Days
Visa Process
30 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

The following careers are open to graduates of this program:

  • Events management
  • Political advisor
  • Media relations
  • Consumer research
  • Issue and crisis management
  • Corporate reputation management
  • Sponsorship development

PSW Opportunity

Sydney / Melbourne / Brisbane: 

Regular 2 years post study work visa for international students completing Bachelors and Masters degrees (minimum 92 weeks), 3 years for Masters by Research and 4 years for PhD. graduates 

Other Locations (Regional centres and other regional areas):

International students studying at regional universities will be eligible to access an additional
2 years in Australia on a post-study work visa
(Which means a Bachelors or Masters graduate can get up to 4 years of PSW visa) 

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

Academic requirements for this program are outlined below.  We also consider your application more broadly – your non-academic achievements (such as any previous leadership roles, volunteering, work, church and/or community involvement) as well as personal qualities - your aspirations and interests and your capacity to complete your chosen program.

Applicants with recent Secondary Education

  • HSC Performance Band Results with a Band 4 in English, a minimum average of Bands 4s and an overall minimum average HSC mark of 70% in HSC Category A Courses (or Interstate equivalent). Applicants must be eligible for an ATAR or OP; or
  • Minimum International Baccalaureate (IB) score of 24.

Applicants with Higher Education Study

  • Other University Studies completed at undergraduate level or higher. A minimum number of 2 successfully completed subjects; or
  • Successful completion of the Notre Dame Tertiary Pathway Program or of another Enabling Program at a level deemed sufficient by the University.

Applicants who have successfully completed subjects at another University, which are relevant to the selected program of study, may be eligible for Advanced Standing.

Applicants with Vocational Education and Training (VET) study

  • Completed AQF Certificate IV or higher in a relevant discipline, from an accredited provider such as TAFE or a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

Applicants with Work and Life Experience

Applicants with relevant work and life experience who left secondary education more than two years ago and have not undertaken VET or higher education study since then may seek admission on the basis of:

  • Their experience. ‘Experience’ could include a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education such as Mature Age entry, relevant professional experience, community involvement or work experience. Applicants may have undertaken non-formal programs that have helped prepare them for tertiary education or are relevant to the proposed higher education field of study. Evidence must be provided as to the type and duration or employment (minimum of two years) in a relevant industry. The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) may be required.
  • STAT – Scores of 150 in the Multiple Choice and Written English sections are required.
  • Higher School Certificate (HSC) (or equivalent) results if these have been completed within the last 5 years.