University of Technology Sydney

C09047v1 Bachelor of Communication (Honours)

Award(s): Bachelor of Communication (Honours) (BComm(Hons))
CRICOS code: 088589E
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 48
Course EFTSL: 1
Location: City campus

Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Levels of award
Other information


The Bachelor of Communication (Honours) offers graduates the opportunity to pursue advanced-level study in communication, social sciences, cultural studies and creative arts. It prepares graduates for higher degree research and professional activity. Emphasis is placed on interdisciplinary approaches and the integration of scholarship with contemporary issues in society and culture.

An honours degree in communication provides an excellent opportunity for students to develop their creative practice, research and communication skills. Supported by leading researchers, teachers and creative practitioners, students undertake a program of advanced coursework and produce a project relevant to their academic, professional and/or creative major.

Career options

This course equips graduates with the critical thinking, creativity and professional project skills to pursue careers in a number of communication and creative industries, such as policy, journalism, music, creative practice, advocacy and writing. Specific career options depend on the student's core discipline. Graduates are also well prepared to undertake postgraduate research degrees or begin a career as a researcher.

Course intended learning outcomes

This course engages with the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs), which are tailored to the Graduate Attributes set for all graduates of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences:

1.1 Possess an advanced knowledge of professional practice in a specific communication industry
1.2 Apply theoretically informed understanding of a communication industry in an independent research project
2.1 Possess information literacy skills to locate, gather, organise and synthesise information across diverse platforms to inform the understanding of a communication industry
2.2 Be reflexive critical thinkers and creative practitioners who are intellectually curious, imaginative and innovative, with an ability to plan and execute a piece of research
3.1 Demonstrate an awareness and knowledge of global contexts and openness to cultural exchange
3.2 Employ professional skills responsibly and respectfully in a global environment
4.1 Possess a critical understanding of the importance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples within contemporary Australian politics, history and culture
4.2 Integrate knowledge of Indigenous issues in professional practices and engage responsibly in communicating with and about Indigenous people and communities
5.1 Possess the awareness of ethical practice in the personal, political and professional contexts of civil society
5.2 Possess the skills to behave ethically in personal and professional contexts
6.1 Possess well-developed communication skills and proficiencies to present a clear and coherent exposition of knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences
6.2 Demonstrate digital literacy and production skills across a range of media and media texts


The first digit of each CILO indicates the relevant graduate attribute:

  1. Professional Readiness
  2. Critical and Creative Inquiry
  3. International and Intercultural Engagement
  4. Indigenous Competencies
  5. Active Citizenship
  6. Effective Communication

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline at an appropriate level.

Applicants are admitted to the honours program only if appropriately qualified UTS: Communication academic staff are available for supervision for the thesis component.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 7.0 overall with a writing score of 7.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 584-609 overall with TWE of 5.0, internet based: 94-101 overall with a writing score of 27; or AE6: Pass; or PTE: 65-72; or CAE: 185-190.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Course duration and attendance

The course is offered on a one-year, full-time basis.

Course structure

Students complete two 12-credit-point subjects (24 credit points) and an honours project (24 credit points). The project is based on their original work informed by theoretical study and independent research. The project may be presented in a variety of traditional and/or non-traditional formats.

Course completion requirements

55993 Honours Research Methods 12cp
55994 Honours Project 24cp
CBK91149 Honours seminar choice 12cp
Total 48cp

Course program

The example program below is for a student commencing in Autumn session.

Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
55993 Honours Research Methods   12cp
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
55995 Honours Seminar in Communication and Society 12cp  
55996 Honours Seminar in Culture and Creativity 12cp  
Spring session
55994 Honours Project   24cp

Levels of award

The Bachelor of Communication (Honours) may be awarded with first class, second class division 1, second class division 2 or third class honours. Satisfactory completion of 55993 Honours Research Methods is a requirement for obtaining any level of honours. The final level of honours achieved is determined by a weighted calculation of the three components of the honours course as follows:

  • 55994 Honours Project: 50 per cent
  • 55993 Honours Research Methods: 25 per cent
  • CBK91149 Honours seminar choice: 25 per cent.

Other information

Further information is available from the UTS Student Centre on:

telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)
or +61 2 9514 1222