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Media and Communications


The Department of Media and Communications offers coursework degrees in Health Communication, Media Practice, Publishing, Strategic Public Relations and Digital Communication and Culture. For further information, please refer to the coursework entries for the respective degrees.


The Department of Media and Communications is a fast growing department in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Our highly qualified staff, many with years of industry production, policy and research experience, actively contributes to scholarly and public debates about the characteristics and dynamics of Australia’s pluralist media system, including media politics, business, professional practice and policy. We are interested in the many and diverse ways media and communications help us to make sense of who we are, where we are, and our connections and interactions with others. Current postgraduate research projects examine cultural and social aspects of digital media, gaming and mobile phones, investigate changes in digital journalism, and analyse telecommunications, broadcasting and social media policies. Our staff research strengths are digital media transformations (including games studies, new media arts and robotics), public service and participatory media, journalism studies, political communication, media activism and social movements; media histories and cultures, political ecology and the environment, and health communication.

Supervision is available in these and many other specialised media and communications fields, including communication technologies and digital cultures, literary and slow journalism, public and community broadcasting, media policy and regulation, strategic corporate communication, media literacies, media and youth culture, disability and the media, media relations, magazine studies, philosophy of communications, and cultural politics. We are interested to supervise candidates who have a background in the media industries, regulation and screen governance, furthering their capacity for cutting edge research and analysis.
For more details of the specific research interests of MECO academics, go to the staff webpages on the department website.

Awards and Requirements

Please refer to the degree resolutions in this Handbook and to the ‘Faculty Admissions Policy and Procedure for: Doctor of Philosophy: Pathways to admission’, for information on the specific admission requirements for different research award courses.

Doctor of Arts
Doctor of Social Sciences
Doctor of Philosophy
Master of Philosophy
Master of Arts (Research)


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Postgraduate Research Coordinator: Dr Benedetta Brevini
Phone: +61 2 9351 4734