Courses & Units

Course rules for R7Y Master of Strategic Communication

Entry

1. These specifications shall take effect from 1 January 2020.

1.1 The College of Arts, Law and Education may accept as a candidate for the Master of Strategic Communication a person who:

  1. has completed a bachelor’s degree with a credit average and a major or equivalent in journalism, media studies or Communications or relevant disciplines as determined by the College from the University of Tasmania or other approved tertiary institution;
  2. has completed the Graduate Diploma in Strategic Communication; or
  3. in exceptional circumstances, as approved by the College, has qualifications and/or relevant work experience equivalent to a bachelor's degree.

2. The College of Arts, Law and Education may accept as a candidate for the Graduate Diploma of Strategic Communication a person who:

  1. has completed a bachelor’s degree and a major or equivalent in journalism, media studies or Communications or relevant disciplines as determined by the College from the University of Tasmania or other approved tertiary institution;
  2. in exceptional circumstances, as approved by the College, has qualifications and/or relevant work experience equivalent to a bachelor's degree. Time limits

2. Candidates for the award must complete the award requirements within five calendar years from the time of first enrolment.

Course Structure

3. To qualify for the Master of Strategic Communication a candidate must complete 150 credit points from the Schedule including;

  • a core unit of 25 credit points
  • a specialisation of 25 credit points chosen from;
    1. Science Communication
    2. Arts, Events and Culture
    3. Public Relations
  • a maximum of 100 credit points of Elective units;

3.1 To qualify for the Graduate Diploma of Strategic Communication a candidate must complete 100 credit points from the Schedule including;

  • a core unit of 25 credit points
  • a specialisation of 25 credit points chosen from;
    1. Science Communication
    2. Arts, Events and Culture
    3. Public Relations
  • a maximum of 50 credit points of Elective units;

3.2 To qualify for the Graduate Certificate in Strategic Communication a candidate must complete 50 credit points from the Schedule including;

  • a core unit of 25 credit points
  • a specialisation of 25 credit points chosen from;
    1. Science Communication
    2. Arts, Events and Culture
    3. Public Relations

4. The units which may be included in a course for the award shall, unless otherwise approved by the Executive Dean, be in accordance with Schedules of units for the Master of Strategic Communication accompanying these specifications.

5. Units may be counted towards the award only if they have been taken in accordance with prerequisites determined by the College and as summarised in Schedule of units for the Master of Strategic Communication.

6. Where two or more units of the same name or content are offered within the University, only one may be counted towards the award.

7. In every case the candidate's choice of units and the order in which they are taken shall be subject to approval by the Executive Dean in accordance with the requirements of paragraph 3.

Recognition of Prior Learning

8. Subject to 8.1 passes in subjects or units in other honours or postgraduate courses (completed or otherwise) in this University or another approved tertiary institution (or other approved professional examining body) may be credited towards the degree, provided that the College specify what more a candidate shall be required to do to qualify for the award.

8.1 Reduction in Volume of Learning Candidates for the Master of Strategic Communication may be eligible for a reduction in the volume of learning required to complete the course of up to 50 credit points subject to the following limits.

  1. candidates with a bachelor’s degree with Honours at level 8 of the Australian Qualifications Framework with a major or equivalent in journalism, media studies or Communications or relevant disciplines as determined by the College, may be eligible for up to 50 credit points of recognised prior learning.
  2. candidates with professional experience in a relevant field equivalent to level 8 of the Australian Qualifications Framework may be eligible for up to 50 credit points of recognised prior learning.

Miscellaneous

10. The College may from time to time make amendments to the Schedules to these specifications.

11. Should any difficulty arise for a candidate previously enrolled because of any difference between course requirements and units offered under these specifications and those previously in force, the College shall ensure that the candidate is not materially disadvantaged by these specifications.

12. The approved abbreviation for the award of Master of Strategic Communication shall be MStratComm

12.1 The approved abbreviation for the award of Graduate Diploma of Strategic Communication shall be GradDipStratComm

12.2 The approved abbreviation for the award of Graduate Certificate in Strategic Communication shall be GradCertStratComm