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Masters by Coursework
- Master of Journalism
Duration of the course with a full-time study load. Studying part-time will extend the duration of your course.
- 2 years full-time
A full-time study load usually consists of 200 credits (approximately eight units) per year, with 100 credits (approximately four units) in each semester.
- Curtin Perth
Combine your undergraduate knowledge with the practical reporting skills required for the journalism industry.
Opportunities to work at Seven West Media in journalism initiatives.
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The master course provides you with multimedia reporting skills, an understanding of the vital role of journalism in a democracy and valuable industry connections.
You will learn advanced research, investigative and interviewing skills, produce journalism for multimedia formats including social media, videos and podcasts, and use industry-standard facilities and equipment. You’ll also acquire valuable and transferable media literacy and communication skills.
Subjects include video news, radio news, broadcast presentation, news writing, media law and ethics, entrepreneurial journalism and long form journalism. You will also be able to choose four subjects from other areas, to suit your interests and career goals.
During your studies you will work in the Curtin student newsroom, producing journalism for the news website Western Independent to daily deadlines. You may have the opportunity to intern at a local media organisation, and in your final semester you will undertake a supervised journalism project.
The program is suitable for professionals from all disciplines considering a career change, and may be suitable for practising journalists aiming to upgrade their qualifications.
Students who complete the master degree to a high standard can apply for doctoral-level studies.
Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.
- Curtin's journalism program has developed a reputation for excellence over 45 years and has strong connections to media organisations throughout Western Australia.
- You may have the opportunity to undertake an internship with one of Curtin’s media industry partners, giving you valuable real-world experience.
- You will be able to practise your reporting skills by producing journalism for the Western Independent news website.
- You will acquire the abilities to accurately interpret and present information and keep the public informed – valuable skills in this communication age.
How this course will make you industry ready
Curtin's partnership with Seven West Media
Curtin has signed a formal fieldwork agreement giving high-performing journalism students the opportunity to intern at Western Australia’s largest media company, Seven West Media.
Seven West Media owns Channel 7, PerthNow, Community Newspaper Group; and The West Australian, The Sunday Times and 20 WA regional newspapers.
The initiative adds to the journalism internship arrangements that Curtin has with the ABC, Channel 9, Channel 10, GWN and WAtoday.
The future of journalism
Journalism is a dynamic and fast-paced industry that has witnessed much change in recent decades. This has led to many new niche and boutique media startups, creating varied employment opportunities.
Many of Curtin’s journalism graduates find work at major media organisations. We aim to produce skilled multimedia journalists who thrive in the contemporary digital environment and can demonstrate the fundamental skills of research, interviewing, writing and broadcast presentation.
- Corporate and public sector communications
- Public relations
What you'll learn
- understand and apply a range of learning strategies; take responsibility for one's own learning and development; sustain intellectual curiosity and develop a commitment to professional research and publication, as well as reflective practice
- assess and evaluate information, and synthesise key facts, themes, and ideas in creating journalism
- communicate appropriately with colleagues, professional contacts and a range of audiences. Assess the application of existing and emerging technologies on journalism to create effective professional work
- understand the discipline Journalism and the role of journalists and journalism in a globalized world; understand and apply established knowledge, principles, and professional practices in Journalism
- acknowledge the interrelationship between local, national, and global perspectives and the impact of these on journalism: recognise individual human rights, and appreciate the importance of cultural diversity and the sensitivities which may be created when engaging with and representing issues pertaining to marginalised groups
- demonstrate professional behaviour and standards and work collaboratively within the legal and ethical parameters of journalism
A bachelor degree or equivalent in an unrelated field from a recognised institution OR a Graduate Certificate or Diploma in Journalism (applicants may be eligible for credit for recognised learning). Students with a Bachelor of Arts (Mass Communication) or Bachelor of Communications including the Journalism Stream or Specialisation may be eligible for credit for recognised learning.
Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.
|IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)|
|Overall band score||7.0|
At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.
You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.
If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.
A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.
CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.
Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:
Tel: 1300 222 888
Fees & charges
Domestic fee paying postgraduate
Fee year: 2021
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What is a domestic fee-paying (DFP) place?
A domestic fee-paying place is a place at university which is not Commonwealth supported, that is, not subsidised by the Australian Government.
Domestic fee paying students will be charged tuition fees and may be eligible for FEE-HELP assistance for all or part of those tuition fees.
Fees are indicative only.
* Based on a first-year full-time study load of 200 credits. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).
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