Master of Media Practice
The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.
Amid the media industry’s unprecedented state of flux, media practitioners are increasingly expected to operate across platforms, generating content for increasingly fragmented and global audiences. The Master of Media Practice prepares you for entry into this dynamic industry through core units in media writing, media liaison, broadcast and online journalism, ethical and legal issues in the media, and international media practice.
Offering a rare mix of media production, media relations, cultural studies and digital cultures units of study, our program will train you with the knowledge, understanding and expertise to become an innovator in rapidly transforming media industries.
Our graduates are equipped with multi-purpose and highly developed skills in written and spoken communication, as well as production capabilities in print, broadcast and online media. You will also develop a sophisticated understanding of media industries, audiences and global media environments and have the opportunity to develop an understanding of digital cultures, internet governance and new media publishing.
The Master of Media Practice is aimed at students who wish to embark upon, or already occupy, career positions in media or in other organisations where an in-depth understanding of media and communications industry practices would enhance their professional prospects.
Career readiness is offered for all aspects of journalism and communications, particularly content production for print, radio, television, online and convergent media. With a well-regarded internship program and a valuable alumni social network, you will leave this program with both the skills and professional connections that count towards building your media career.
Please note: The units of study listed below are subject to change and are to be used as a guide only.
Units of study
For full information on Units of Study available in this course, please visit the Sydney Courses website
Full units of study list
- ARIN6902 - Internet Cultures and Governance
- ARIN6904 - Mobile Media and Games
- ARTS7000 - Academic Communication for Postgraduates
- ASNS6905 - Asian Popular Culture
- ASNS6908 - Media Industries in East Asia
- ECOP6015 - Global Employment and Migration
- ECOP6016 - China in the World Economy
- EDPJ5024 - English in Academic Settings
- ENGL6946 - Writing in Professional Contexts A
- ENGL6962 - Writing in Professional Contexts B
- ENGL6984 - Creative Non-Fiction Workshop
- GCST6901 - Cultural Policy
- LNGS7006 - Cross-Cultural Communication
- LNGS7274 - Media Discourse
- MECO6900 - News Writing
- MECO6901 - Dealing with the Media
- MECO6902 - Legal & Ethical Issues in Media Practice
- MECO6904 - Dissertation Part 1
- MECO6905 - Dissertation Part 2
- MECO6906 - Literary Journalism: History and Theory
- MECO6908 - Strategy Selection in Corporate PR
- MECO6909 - PR Management and Conflict Resolution
- MECO6912 - Political Public Relations
- MECO6913 - Public Opinion,Policy and Public Sphere
- MECO6914 - Making Magazines
- MECO6915 - Writing Features: Narrative Journalism
- MECO6924 - Broadcast Journalism
- MECO6925 - Online Journalism
- MECO6926 - International Media Practice
- MECO6927 - Organisational Communication
- MECO6928 - Media and Communication Internship
- MECO6929 - Chinese Media Studies in Global Contexts
- MECO6932 - Advanced Media Project
- MECO6934 - Social Marketing
- PACS6914 - Conflict-Resolving Media
- WMST6903 - Gender,Media and Consumer Societies
Further course information
The MMediaPrac requires the satisfactory completion of 8 units of study (48 credit points) (cp) including 4 core units of study (24cp) chosen from MECO6900 News Writing, MECO6901 Dealing with the Media, MECO6902 Legal and Ethical Issues in Media Practice, and MECO6926 International Media Practice. The remaining units of study are chosen from the list of approved electives or undertaken in a relevant or related field, subject to the approval of the academic coordinator. Candidates electing to undertake a dissertation (12cp) must prepare a research proposal and discuss their topic with the academic coordinator prior to enrolling. Approval is subject to the department's discretion and the availability of an appropriate academic supervisor. The dissertation is normally undertaken over two semesters and comprises research and writing toward a project of approximately 12,000 words.
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.
Eligible candidates undertaking the degree of Master of Media Practice 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
The Master of Media Practice equips students with the skills and knowledge for a career in all aspects of journalism, particularly, content production for print, radio, television, online and convergent media.
Career opportunities exist for all aspects of journalism, particularly content production for print, radio, television and online and convergent media.
Graduates of the Master of Media Practice who have completed a dissertation with a meritorious grade are eligible to pursue a higher degree by research in their chosen subject area.
Admission to candidature for the Master of Media Practice requires:
(a) a bachelor’s degree with a minimum credit (65%) average, from the University of Sydney, or an equivalent qualification; or
(b) completion of the embedded Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in Media Practice with a minimum credit (65%) average, or an equivalent qualification.
How to apply
How to apply
Australian citizens, permanent residents, New Zealand citizens, and holders of a permanent humanitarian visa, apply through UAC - 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.
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).
Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount
This student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. If you are a Commonwealth supported student and was enrolled in a University course before 1 January 2013 your student contribution may differ.
Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount
Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.
Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee
This 2014, tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student represents the fee that is payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2013 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.
Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee
Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.
Additional incidental fees
For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.
Potential for inaccuracy
Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information in this prospectus, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.
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Please note that if you are classified by the University as a Research Training Scheme student in accordance with the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010, you will be exempt from the payment of any SCA or tuition fees for courses undertaken as part of a Research Masters degree and Research Doctoral degree. More information about your eligibility for this Scheme is available here.
International tuition fees for postgraduate students
This 2014, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.
Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.
Additional incidental fees and health insurance
For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. The University's Future Students' webpage has further information about these additional incidental fees for postgraduate coursework students and postgraduate research students.
In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.
Potential for inaccuracy
Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.