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Postgraduate course information


Applicants need to lodge an application through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) or make a direct application at the UTS: Communication postgraduate information evening.

Postgraduate coursework

UTS: Communication offers graduate coursework programs in:

  • digital information management
  • advanced journalism
  • sports media
  • media arts and production
  • public communication, and
  • creative writing.

Within each program, courses may be offered at the level of graduate certificate, graduate diploma or master's degree.

Most programs are articulated so that students can progress through the program at their own pace and more effectively meet their individual study and development needs. This also allows students to enter the program at a point appropriate to their qualifications and experience.

The graduate programs are normally structured as follows:

  • master's degrees: 72 credit points
  • graduate diplomas: 48 credit points
  • graduate certificates: 24 credit points.

Students who successfully complete the graduate certificate or graduate diploma and who are admitted to a more advanced-level course in the program are eligible for recognition of prior learning in the more advanced course for completed subjects.

All graduate courses are fee-paying courses.

Session load

Full-time study is usually undertaken at the normal load of 24 credit points a session.

Part-time study is usually undertaken at the normal rate of 8 or 16 credit points a session.

Subject availability

Subjects in the graduate programs are normally offered every session or every year. Classes proceed in a given session only when there is sufficient demand. UTS: Communication reserves the right to cancel a class or a subject if it is not viable.


Where course requirements allow a free choice of electives, students may select subjects from graduate programs in UTS: Communication or subjects from other course areas in the University. Students may select subjects beyond the lists of elective subjects for particular courses with the approval of the graduate adviser. Not all subjects are available every session.

Progression rules

Postgraduate students are advised that they will be excluded from a course if they:

  • fail more than 50% of the total number of enrolled subjects over a 12 month period (section 10.2.3 of the Student and Related Rules), or
  • exceed the maximum time allowed for completion of a course (section 10.5 of the Student and Related Rules).

Postgraduate research

The Faculty's postgraduate research degrees encourage both disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches, and focus on developing research capabilities relevant to academic and professional careers. Applicants are required to locate their research within one of the three schools of the Faculty: Communication, Education, and International Studies. Applicants should ensure that their interests fit with a minimum of two researchers in the Faculty.

Postgraduate research students at UTS belong to a vibrant research community working with leading academics in their area of study. Students come from a variety of professional communities and academic backgrounds, are encouraged to be active members of the faculty’s research groups, and are integral to the success the faculty’s research activities and profile.

How to apply

Applications for research degrees should be made through UTS: Graduate Research School.