Master of Strategic Public Relations

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

The Master of Strategic Public Relations focuses on developing your professional public relations knowledge and expertise. Our degree is suitable for those who want to take up career positions in public relations directly, as well as for those who feel an in-depth understanding of public relations would enhance their professional prospects.

Our course covers aspects of government, media, investor, community and environmental relations work, but places its strongest emphasis on the political and corporate communication fields. The political communication strand of our course will make you adept at issuing campaign briefs, developing candidate campaigns and analysing and applying these key messages to forums such as Twitter.

The corporate communication strand develops and applies strategies across companies both large and small throughout the business cycle.

Taught by current industry professionals with extensive experience,
the Master of Strategic Public Relations will equip you for a career in corporate, government, political, investor, community and environmental relations, as well as for a media, social media and communications advisory roles. Students will also be well served by a valuable social network of alumni.

Embedded courses

Further course information

Study plan

The Master of Strategic Public Relations requires the satisfactory completion of:

(a) a minimum of 18 credit points of core units of study; and
(b) a minimum of 12 credit points of core elective units of study; and
(c) a maximum of 36 credit points from elective units of study. With the permission of the Degree Coordinator a maximum of 12 credit points of elective units can be taken from units of study outside those listed in the Art Curating subject area of the Postgraduate Unit of Study Table, including a maximum of 6 credit points from units of study offered by other faculties.
(d) at least 6 credit points of capstone units of study.

Progression rules

Under normal progression, a student shall undertake and successfully complete all units of study to the value of 24 credit points per semester as prescribed for the course. Candidates must maintain a credit average result or above, normally over at least the first 4 units of study, in order to qualify for admission to the dissertation units of study. Students are required to attend all lectures, tutorials and other activities prescribed for their units of study.

Capstone experience

Eligible candidates undertaking the degree of Master of Strategic Public Relations have the option of completing a dissertation on an approved topic over two units of study, normally undertaken over two semesters, with a value of 12 credit points, under the supervision of an academic staff member.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

Graduates of the Master of Strategic Public Relations are prepared to pursue career opportunities in communications in corporate, government, media, investor, community, political and environmental fields.

Further study

Graduates of the Master of Public Relations who have completed a dissertation with a meritorious grade are eligible to pursue a higher degree by research in their chosen subject area.

Admission

Admission requirements

Admission to candidature for the Master of Strategic Public Relations requires:

(a) a bachelor's degree with a minimum credit (65%) average calculated over the whole degree, from the University of Sydney, or an equivalent qualification.

Upgrade is possible from a Grad Cert to a Grad Dip or Masters in the embedded degree.

Upgrade is possible for a Grad Dip to Masters in the embedded degree.

(b) completion of the Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in Strategic Public Relations with a minimum credit (65%) average, or an equivalent qualification.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Australian citizens, permanent residents, New Zealand citizens, and holders of a permanent humanitarian visa, apply through the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - click on the 'Apply now' icon on this page to proceed with your application.

Please note: not all courses are offered in the July semester intake.

International students

How to apply

Overseas applicants may apply:

(i) directly to the University via the International Office. Further information on applications and English language requirements and support services for international students is available on the International Office website; or

(ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent).

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

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International students

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Potential for inaccuracy

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