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Master of Global Media Communication (MC-GMCOM)

Masters (Coursework)Year: 2019 Delivered: On Campus (Parkville)

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Overview

Award titleMaster of Global Media Communication
Year & campus2019 — Parkville
CRICOS code045345C
Fees informationSubject EFTSL, level, discipline and census date
Study level & typeGraduate Coursework
AQF level 9
Credit points200 credit points
Duration24 months full time or 48 months part time

The Master of Global Media Communication (MGMC) equips graduates to work in media and communication sectors as well as across a broad range of professional domains, including government, corporate and NGO sectors, in which communication skills and knowledge of media platforms and strategies provide a key competitive advantage.

In the contemporary globalised world, knowledge of the changing landscape of media industries, production pathways, and a critical understanding of social and economic transformations are vital professional attributes.

Students undertaking the course will acquire a deep and critically informed understanding of how media industries, policies, technologies and formats are implicated in contemporary social and economic life. They have the opportunity to build knowledge relating to key areas, such as journalism, public relations and communications advocacy, and skills in audiovisual media production and media writing.

Students can opt to do an industry internship as part of their masters degree. MGMC students also have the opportunity to undertake a research thesis that can provide a pathway to PhD study.

Entry requirements

1. In order to be considered for entry, applicants must have completed:

  • an undergraduate degree with a weighted average mark of at least H2B (70%), or equivalent.

Meeting this requirement does not guarantee selection.

2. In ranking applications, the Selection Committee will consider:

  • prior academic performance; and
  • relevance of previous studies.

3. The Selection Committee may seek further information to clarify any aspect of an application in accordance with the Academic Board rules on the use of selection instruments.

4. Applicants are required to satisfy the university’s English language requirements for graduate courses. For those applicants seeking to meet these requirements by one of the standard tests approved by the Academic Board, performance band 6.5 is required.

Applicants with the following may be awarded up to 50 points of credit:

  • an undergraduate degree in a cognate discipline with a weighted average mark of at least H2B (70%), or equivalent.
  • an undergraduate degree in any discipline, with at least H2B (70%) average, or equivalent, and at least two years of documented, relevant work experience

Applicants with the following may be awarded up to 100 points of credit:

  • an honours degree in a cognate discipline, with a weighted average mark of at least H2B (70%), or equivalent; or
  • an undergraduate degree in a cognate discipline, with a weighted average mark of at least H2B (70%), or equivalent, and at least two years of documented, relevant work experience.

Applicants seeking credit for relevant work experience must document their experience with a brief curriculum vitae detailing the experience, contact details of two referees who can confirm the authenticity and nature of the experience claimed, and a covering letter that explains how the experience is relevant to the program and prepares them for it.

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005) and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF127). For the purposes of considering requests for reasonable adjustments, academic requirements for this course are articulated in the overview, attributes, outcomes and skills of this entry. Further details about how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home

Intended learning outcomes

Students who complete the Master of Global Media Communication should:

  • demonstrate the knowledge and capacities required to work at high levels in industry, government and advocacy;
  • provide leadership in the areas of public communication and policy at a national and global level;
  • understand the fundamental principles for making critical and ethical judgments regarding professional practice;
  • evaluate the dynamic processes of change operating in contemporary media and communication industries;
  • develop strategy and policy, and communicate effectively through written and oral presentations to academic, policy and cross-cultural forums;
  • combine an understanding of the different perspectives of industry, public sector and civil society professionals with the research skills and methodologies of professional media and communications; and
  • demonstrate advanced skills in research, analysis and interpretation with particular emphasis on questions of globalisation/localisation, identity, citizenship, power and democracy.

Generic skills

Students who successfully complete the Masters should enhance their skills in:

  • research: through competent use of advanced information sources and retrieval of appropriate information;
  • critical and theoretical thinking: through presentation of research papers, conceptualising theoretical problems, forming judgements and arguments from conflicting evidence, and by critical analysis;
  • time management and planning: through managing and organising workloads;
  • team work: through group activities; and
  • advanced skills in writing, reporting and communicating facts and ideas.

Graduate attributes

Graduates will be equipped with the skills necessary for advanced critical analysis, strategic management, problem-solving and policy making in media-related organisations, including the skills to:

  • analyse key areas of contemporary media strategies, governance and advocacy;
  • engage with the social, political, economic and ethical dimensions of media practice;
  • understand communication as a process that is central to the exercise of contemporary power, and apply research skills to a range of contexts; and
  • draw on a range of disciplines and develop a future-oriented, comparative and global focus.

Course structure

200 point program

Duration: 2 years full-time / 4 years part-time

Coursework only option

  • Foundation Compulsory Subjects (37.5 points)(must be taken in the first semester)
  • Foundation Elective Subject (12.5 points) (must be taken in the first semester)
  • Core Subjects - List A (50 points)
  • Core Subjects - List B (minimum 62.5 points)
  • maximum of 37.5 points of elective subjects

or

Minor Thesis Option

  • Foundation Compulsory Subjects (37.5 points)(must be taken in the first semester)
  • Foundation Elective Subject (12.5 points) (must be taken in the first semester)
  • Core Subjects – List A (50 points)
  • Core Subjects – List B (50 points)
  • MECM90029 Media and Communication Thesis Part 1 and MECM90030 Media and Communication Thesis Part 2 (37.5 points total)
  • MULT50001 Research Principles & Practice subject (12.5 points)

150 point program

Duration 1.5 years full-time / up to 3 years part-time

Coursework Only Option

  • Core Subjects - List A (50 points)
  • Core Subjects - List B (minimum of 62.5 points)
  • Maximum of 37.5 points elective subjects

or

Minor Thesis Option

  • Core Subjects - List A (50 points)
  • Core Subjects - List B (50 points)
  • MECM90029 Media and Communications Thesis Part 1 and MECM90030 Media and Communications Thesis Part 2 (37.5 points)
  • MULT50001 Research Principles and Practices (12.5 points)

100 point program

Duration: 1 year full-time / 2 years part-time

Coursework Only Option:

  • Core Subjects (minimum of 62.5 points)
  • Elective subjects (maximum of 37.5 points)

or

Minor Thesis Option:

  • Core Subjects (50 points)
  • MECM90029 Media and Communications Thesis Part 1 and MECM90030 Media and Communications Thesis Part 2 (37.5 points)
  • MULT50001 Research Principles & Practices (12.5 points)

Please note the following:

Students who undertake the thesis option are not eligible to undertake the Internship subject.
Any variation of the electives must be discussed with the program coordinator.

Capstone Requirement:

All students are required to complete the Capstone Requirement for the program (at least 25 points). Students must complete one capstone option, towards the end of their program.

Capstone Stream 1: MULT90019 Internship II (Semester Long) (25 points)

Purpose: An opportunity to apply knowledge and research skills to solve problems that arise in professional contexts and develop an integrated understanding of knowledge, research and practice

Capstone Stream 2: MECM90029 Media and Communications Thesis Part 1 and MECM90030 Media and Communications Thesis Part 2 (37.5 points total)

Purpose: An opportunity to integrate knowledge and research skills to address a research question

Capstone Stream 3: PUBL90012 Practicum (25 points)

Purpose: An opportunity to apply knowledge and research skills to develop an integrated understanding of knowledge, research and practice within a professional context

Capstone Streams 4 - 9: (25 points total)

MECM90020 Global Media: Theory and Research and

MECM50001 Political Economy of the Network Society or

MECM90002 Global Media Governance and Policy or

MECM90003 Mobility, Culture and Communication or

MECM90009 Global Crisis Reporting or

MECM90016 Representation and Advocacy or

MECM90017 Media Writing: Rhetoric and Practice

Purpose: Multiple opportunities to acquire research methods skills and integrate knowledge and research skills to address a research question, project or substantial piece of work

For policies that govern this degree, see Academic Services Policy in the University Melbourne Policy Framework. Students also should also refer to information in the Student Policy Directory.

Majors, minors & specialisations

Name Credit Points
200pt Program 200
150pt Program 150
100pt Program 100

Further study

Students who complete the thesis option may be eligible to undertake a PhD or Masters by Research program.

Last updated: 16 February 2019