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Digital and Social Media, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 18 months
    Duration
University rank #190 (BCR) Perth, Australia
This Digital and Social Media course from Curtin University extends the work done in the graduate diploma, adding more advanced individual project, production and/or research work. You will complete at least 33 per cent, and up to 50 per cent, of your studies by research or applied research.
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Overview

You will select a major as in the graduate diploma, but will experience increased autonomy and self-management in your learning in the last four units of this course.

The internet communications postgraduate courses provide you with the chance to study the most important socio-technological phenomenon of the late 20th and early 21st century: the internet.

This Digital and Social Media course from Curtin University is designed to provide you with relevant and useful knowledge for your current or planned professional life. You will learn essential skills and develop deeper understandings of the growth, uses and application of the internet in many fields, with a particular emphasis on the creative communication of ideas in knowledge networks and the establishment of web presence through social media.

You will add specific internet knowledge and skills to your existing proficiencies and abilities. Creative overlap between current employment or personal interests and study is encouraged. The program has been designed specifically to allow you to study in a way that best suits you, with an emphasis on the specialised skills and knowledge you want. 

Upon successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Internet Communications, you may transfer to the Graduate Diploma in Internet Communications and subsequently enrol in the masters degree.

Why study Master of Digital and Social Media

  • Curtin was one of the first universities to offer a degree in Internet studies.
  • Many of our staff have received Curtin teaching excellence awards and the founding professor of the course received a national teaching award.
  • You will learn to be an independent and successful leader of Internet development. The net is not simply ‘another technology’ but a socially productive, culturally rich and practically successful information and communication environment.
  • Our staff and students continue to be contributors to the International Association of Internet Researchers (AOIR). Matthew Allen, one of our academics, is President of this association, and many staff have presented papers at the yearly conference.
  • All full-time staff in the Internet Studies area have doctorates and are active researchers into the Internet, publishing in the field and presenting at conferences.

Career information

Our graduates find work in web design and development, in independent online businesses, and as members of the media industry as it develops to include and prioritise the online world. Because of the open structure of the course, they can add almost any skill or knowledge to their core Internet learning. The course provides graduates with the chance to shape and manage their own careers and become leaders in using and managing the internet in our society.

Our graduates are well-positioned to undertake management, operational and policy work concerning the Internet, giving informed advice, making good decisions, and basing their professional work in a deeper understanding of the profound changes that the internet is bringing. You may develop expertise in the use of web communication, media, social media, digital production, online communication and in other industries.

This course will assist your career development and allow you to take up new employment opportunities. You will then be able to help our society harness the technological development of the internet for practical and valuable social uses.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Web Communications 
  • Digital Culture and Everyday Life 
  • Power, Politics and the Internet 
  • Social Media, Communities and Networks 
  • Writing on the Web 
  • The Digital Economy 
  • Internet Collaboration and Innovation 
  • Web Development Project 
  • Web Media 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 18 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 18 months
  • Credits
    300 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:

    79

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:

    570

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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General Requirements

CRICOS code: 032988G

  • Certified copies of academic transcripts for previously attained qualifications that are relevant to the Curtin course for which you are applying.
  • English test results, see our English prerequisites for more detail.
  • Supporting information for your application, including supplementary forms for certain courses. Please note that if the required ‘supplementary forms’ are not completed and attached to this application, we will not proceed with the assessment of your applications.
  • As part of the Simplified Streamlined Visa Framework (SSVF), you may be required to provide additional information in order for us to perform Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) assessments as part of your application.

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Perth

  • 1328 - 2370 AUD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

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