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The University of Queensland

Brisbane , Queensland ,Australia

Graduate Certificate in Communication

Graduate with the knowledge and skills required to excel in the ever-expanding communication industries.

This half year full-time (or part-time equivalent) program is designed to enhance the skills of existing communication graduates and professionals. 

You can choose from two fields of study – Communication for Social Change or Strategic Communication – and from a range of courses designed to increase your understanding of the application of communication theory and research to health promotion, business, public relations, policy and politics, intercultural relations and globalisation.

The emerging field of Communication for Social Change explores the different ways in which communication can be leveraged to bring about change in attitudes, behaviour and knowledge in individuals, organisations and communities. If you already have experience in these fields, the program will make you even more competitive as it complements and capitalises on studies and experience in other disciplines.

Strategic Communication develops your understanding and skill-set in professional communication practice and public relations, including campaign development, digital media strategy, and issues and crisis management. Graduates with a specialisation in Strategic Communication are well-equipped for diverse roles in public relations and marketing communication consultancies, not-for-profit organisations and government bodies, including organisational communication, crisis management, government relations, social media management and political campaigning roles.

Program highlights

  • Benefit from outstanding research, practical experiences and career opportunities.
  • Study at the only Australian university to offer a field in the study of Communication for Social Change.
  • Undertake a combination of advanced level coursework and research.

Fields of study
Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

  • Communication for Social Change
  • Strategic Communication

Campus Information

St Lucia

Situated on 114 hectares of Brisbane River-bound land, UQ’s main campus is a vibrant mix of majestic sandstone buildings and contemporary architecture, landscaped gardens and lakes. Fanning out from the heritage-listed Great Court, you’ll find modern teaching and research facilities, including laboratories, lecture theatres, and Queensland’s largest research library. The expansive grounds are also home to a variety of sporting facilities, museums, cafes, and those famous Jacaranda trees. The St Lucia campus is only seven kilometres from Brisbane’s city centre, making it an appealing place to study, work or visit.

Intakes

  • Feb
  • July

Application Processing Time in Days: 28

Application Process

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

Career possibilities
Postgraduate study can take you anywhere. Depending on which field you choose, here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • International aid officer
  • Community development manager
  • Health promotion manager
  • Corporate change consultant
  • Social media manager
  • Marketing strategist
  • Political campaign manager

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

Prerequisites

  • Approved degree or equivalent in any discipline; or
  • Have completed post-secondary study and/or work experience approved by the executive dean.