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The University of Queensland

Brisbane , Queensland ,Australia

Master of Communication (MCommun)

Gain highly valued communication skills and specialist knowledge to prepare yourself for career success in a range of communication industries.

This 1.5 year full-time (or part-time equivalent) postgraduate program, designed for communication graduates and professionals, will help you develop highly valuable communication skills and set yourself up for career success in a range of communication industries.

You can choose one of two fields of study – Communication for Social Change or Strategic Communication.

UQ is the only Australian university to offer study in the emerging field of Communication for Social Change. This field 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 areas, 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

  • Choose to specialise in Communication for Social Change or Strategic Communication.
  • Access outstanding research, practical experiences and career opportunities.
  • Undertake a combination of advanced level coursework and research.
  • Complete a research project or a thesis on the topic of your choice.

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.


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Application Processing Time in Days: 28

Application Process


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
  • Public relations and social media manager
  • Social media manager
  • Marketing strategist
  • Political campaign manager
  • International communications consultant
  • Communications manager

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

Approved degree in the same discipline with a GPA of 5; or

GCCommun* or GDipCommun* with a GPA of 5; or

Approved degree in any discipline with a GPA of 5 and have at least 2 years of professional full-time work experience relevant to the chosen field of study.

Same discipline is defined as a degree with demonstrated prior learning in Communication, Journalism, Public Relations, Mass Media, Media Studies, Film and Television, Writing, Advertising, Marketing, Business Management, Event Management, Psychology, Sociology, International Relations, Peace and Conflict Studies, Community Development, Rural Development, Social Work, Speech Pathology, Linguistics, Criminology, Educational Studies, Anthropology, Political Science, Digital Studies, Information Technology.

To satisfy the requirement for "same discipline" a minimum amount of content in that discipline is required - this would be at least a major, field of study, or approximately 30% of program content including a mix of introductory and advanced courses.

Work experience relevant to the field of Communication is defined as a demonstrated record of having worked in communication, public relations, marketing, advertising or community development roles, as a journalist/reporter/media producer or researcher in communication related fields, or in any other profession in which a portfolio was built up demonstrating communication expertise.