Master of Communications and Media Studies


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Program Description

The Master of Communications and Media Studies corresponds with the unprecedented change in communications and media content, forms, technology, and policy.

This program distinguishes itself with wide-ranging implications for business, politics, public administration and everyday life. It specifically caters to the increasing challenges posed by digital media, globalization and cross-cultural exchange. In examining past, present and future trends, this program seeks to further the understanding of communications and media systems both locally and globally. Contemporary policy debates which shape markets will determine and engage responses to address the changing processes of mediation and consumption.


By undertaking this program, you will learn contemporary skills necessary for participation in and the management of sophisticated communicative processes in regional, urban, national and international contexts. These include critical thinking, cultural sensitivity, advanced reading and communication skills (both written and verbal), and high-level analytical skills. More widely, the degree aims to develop skills in communications and media research. This methodological training will enable you to participate in a relevant research-based study and equip you with an edge in today’s competitive workplace.


The course is made up of 72 credit points (six units) of study. These are divided into the following:

(a) Two core units (24 points)

  • Communication research methods
  • Communication theories and practices

(b) One of the following capstone/research options (24 points):

  • A capstone unit of Communications research project (12 points) plus one level-5 elective unit (12 points)
  • A Research thesis (24 points)*

(c) Two elective units (24 points).

*Students may undertake the research thesis if they have achieved a minimum distinction average and with the approval of the coordinator.


Completion of the research thesis (24 points) will provide a pathway to a higher degree by research.


  • Journalism, publishing, editing, writing, electronic media, public relations, corporate communications
  • Marketing, advertising, business research, and analysis
  • Management consulting, international trade, human resources, training and development, management and administration
  • Diplomacy, foreign affairs, politics
  • Tourism, hospitality, entertainment
  • Production, direction, management and administration, film, television and video
  • Academia
  • Research and policy institutes

In addition to the career opportunities listed above, the Master of Communications and Media Studies will prepare you for careers in various sectors, including healthcare and financial institutions, and non-profit organizations whereby graduates can design communication strategies, develop and implement communication policy plans, act as media spokespersons and offer expert communication advise through industry and market research.

Scholarships and Financial Assistance

As a student at Monash University Malaysia, you will have access to various scholarships and financial assistance provided by both the university and external benefactors.

  • Honours Degree Scholarships
  • Postgraduate Coursework
  • Postgraduate Research (HDR) Scholarships
  • External Sponsorship
  • Study Loans
  • Other Financial Support
Last updated Sep 2019

About the School

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