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    Ranked 21st in the world for communication and media studies in the 2020 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

  • #1 in Australia

    Our graduates are ranked 1st in Australia and 4th in the world for employability by the QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020.

Overview

This stream of the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Advanced Studies will provide you with a broad array of skills tailored to meet the needs of the fast-changing media and communications landscape.

Gain real-world experience in media writing, radio, video and digital media production, and media relations as well as a scholarly and critical education in media and communications theory and practice. You will also undertake a second major from a range of disciplines available in the shared pool, and advanced coursework including a substantial final-year project.

You will take a compulsory internship where you will get hands-on experience and make valuable contacts. Internships are available in a variety of areas, including national and international journalism placements, public relations and advertising agencies, national television and radio, and major print and online media.

This practical work experience in your chosen field of interest can give you a definite edge over other graduates as you seek professional employment after graduation.

Our majors include:

American Studies Indigenous Studies
Ancient Greek Indonesian Studies (Introductory)
Ancient History Indonesian Studies (Intermediate)
Anthropology Indonesian Studies (Advanced)
Arabic Language and Cultures (Introductory) International Relations
Arabic Language and Cultures (Intermediate) International and Comparative Literary Studies
Arabic Language and Cultures (Advanced) Italian Studies (Introductory)
Archaeology Italian Studies (Intermediate)
Art History Italian Studies (Advanced)
Asian Studies Japanese Studies (Introductory)
Biblical Studies and Classical Hebrew Japanese Studies (Junior Intermediate)
Chinese Studies (Introductory) Japanese Studies (Senior Intermediate)
Chinese Studies (Intermediate) Japanese Studies (Advanced)
Chinese studies (Advanced) Jewish Civilisation, Thought and Culture
Criminology Korean Studies (Introductory)
Cultural Studies Korean Studies (Intermediate)
Digital Cultures Korean Studies (Advanced)
Econometrics Korean Studies (Heritage Speaker)
Economic Policy Latin
Economics Linguistics
English Media Studies
Environmental, Agricultural and Resource Economics Modern Greek Studies (Introductory)
European Studies Modern Greek Studies (Intermediate)
Film Studies Modern Greek Studies (Advanced)
Financial Economics Music
French and Francophone Studies (Introductory) Philosophy
French and Francophone Studies (Intermediate) Political Economy
French and Francophone Studies (Advanced) Politics
Gender Studies Socio-Legal Studies
Germanic Studies (German) (Introductory) Sociology
Germanic Studies (German) (Intermediate) Spanish and Latin American Studies (Introductory)
Germanic Studies (German) (Advanced) Spanish and Latin American Studies (Intermediate)
Hebrew (Modern) (Introductory) Spanish and Latin American Studies (Advanced)
Hebrew (Modern) (Intermediate) Studies in Religion
Hebrew (Modern) (Advanced) Theatre and Performance Studies
History Visual Arts

Subject areas

Minors can be completed in any of the below areas, as well as standalone minors in Australian Literature, Celtic Studies, Criminology, Diversity Studies, Sanskrit, Social Policy or Writing Studies.

Shared pool

Admission, fees and how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status

My qualification is

The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

Your fee

How to apply

Prospective domestic students apply through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) for a Commonwealth supported place . Refer to the UAC website for key dates. Separate scholarship deadlines apply, visit the scholarships website for details.

For other useful information, visit our How to apply page.

Current University of Sydney students applying to transfer from one bachelor's degree to another apply directly to the University. The exact process will depend on the course you are currently in and the course to which you wish to transfer. For more information visit the Change your course page.

Current students applying to transfer from a diploma to a bachelor's degree must apply through UAC.

Refer to the UAC website . Separate scholarship deadlines apply visit the scholarships webpage for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March)

Visit the How to apply page for detailed information on if you need to apply directly to the University or through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). If you are a direct applicant, when you are ready to apply select the `Apply’ button on this course page.

Current University of Sydney students applying to transfer from one bachelor's degree to another apply directly to the University. The exact process will depend on the course you are currently in and the course to which you wish to transfer. For more information visit the Change your course page.

Closing dates

Direct applicants:

Semester 1 - 31 January of the commencing year.

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - visit the scholarships webpage for details.

UAC Applicants: Refer to the UAC website

Starting date

Semester 1 (March)

What you'll study

For full course details see our Handbook.

Units of Study

Work component

Mandatory work component = 140 hours.

This mandatory work component must be completed as part of the award requirements for the course. 

Completion requirement

Under normal progression, a full-time student completes prescribed units of study to the value of 24 credit points per semester. Part-time students may undertake prescribed units of study up to the value of 12 credit points per semester. You are required to attend all lectures, tutorials and other activities prescribed for your units of study.

Sample study plan

Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Media and Communications (MECO) stream, majors in Media Studies and English)

Year Sem Units of study      
1 1 MECO program MECO program Gender Studies elective English major
  2 MECO program MECO program Gender Studies elective English major
2 1 MECO program MECO program Open Learning Environment English major
  2 MECO program MECO program Gender Studies elective English major
3 1 MECO program MECO program Open Learning Environment English major
  2 MECO program MECO program Gender Studies elective English major
4 1 MECO internship MECO project elective English major
  2 MECO advanced coursework MECO project elective English major


This is an indicative study plan only, students may choose other electives.

Assumed knowledge

Depends on the areas or units of study. For language studies: pathways are available for applicants with no prior language experience, as well as for those with prior experience in the respective language of study.

Capstone (compulsory project)

You will undertake an internship where you will get hands-on experience and make valuable contacts.

The internship consists of a work placement comprising 140 working hours in a media organisation, assisted and supervised by both the workplace and the department. Placements include print, broadcast, and online, in journalism, public relations and advertising organisations. Students are required to submit a 2,000-word journal reflecting on and analysing their experiences during the internship.(Special conditions may apply to overseas fellowships conducted as part of this unit). The internship and internship journal are assessed on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

Students have undertaken internships in a variety of areas, including competitive national and international journalism placements, public relations and advertising agencies, national television and radio and major print and online media. This practical work experience in your chosen field of interest can give you a definite edge over other graduates as you seek professional employment after graduation.

Admission criteria

Admission to this course is on the basis of the following criteria:

Admission pathways are open to domestic applicants on the basis of equity or other adjustment factors, including for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants. For details, visit admission pathways.

Credit for previous study

If you’ve already completed university-level or equivalent subjects, you may be able to apply for credit for previous study.

Course opportunities

Most subject areas within the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Media and Communications) allow you to take part in an international exchange program.

The degree encompasses a host of diverse and expanding industries that will offer you exciting national and international employment opportunities. You will graduate with the skills required for entry into areas such as print, broadcast and online journalism, international communications, media regulation and public policy, media and public relations.

Career Pathways

Our graduates can be found in a broad range of careers and roles, including:

  • Creative lead
  • Digital journalist
  • Events and marketing executive
  • Media adviser
  • Multimedia producer
  • Native content editor
  • Production coordinator
  • Social media editor
  • Staff writer
  • Web producer
Future study options

Eligible candidates may apply for admission to a rich postgraduate program in the humanities and social sciences, comprising advanced learning and professional courses. Master's degrees include capstone projects ranging from internships with government and non-government organisations in Australia and overseas, the gallery and museum sector, and leading media organisations to opportunities for independent research projects. These projects prepare students for higher degrees by research.

Domestic students

International students

To help you understand common terms that we use at the University, we offer an online glossary.