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Graduate Diploma of Business Specialisation Professional Communication

Graduate Diploma of Business Specialisation Professional Communication (GDBZ)

Entry requirements
Study mode
  • On-campus
  • Online
Campus
  • Springfield
  • Toowoomba
Duration
  • 1 year(s) (or part-time equivalent)
Start date
  • February
  • July
  • November
Note: Semester 3 (November) intake is only available via online study.

Overview

  • Learn how to cut through the multitude of information sources in modern life to successfully communicate with your target market and become equipped to effectively manage an advanced public relations portfolio.
  • Studying topics from writing public relations content for various mediums to developing strategic communication plans and project management, you will graduate with the tools to expertly manage the reputation of your organisation.

Further study

After completing the Graduate Diploma of Business (Professional Communication), you have the option to take the credit from your studies and go on to complete the Master of Business and Innovation (Professional Communication)

Career outcomes

  • People who have the capacity to successfully communicate are in increasingly high demand across all industries and sectors.
  • Graduates may work as a communication officer, digital and social media officer, media officer, digital communications officer, content developer, content writer, internal communications professional, copywriter, media planner.

Entry requirements 

  • Australian university Bachelor degree in the area of business, or equivalent.

English language requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements and this degree requires a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

Recognition of prior learning or work experience

You may be eligible for recognition of prior learning if you have previously studied or have relevant work experience. This will help to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.

Pathways

If you don't meet the entry requirements, we have pathway options available to you.

Degree structure

To complete this degree students must complete 8 units. Most courses (similar to ‘subjects’) are valued at 1 unit. To study full-time you would usually complete 4 units per semester.

You have 2 options to complete the Graduate Diploma of Business:

Option 1 - Named specialisation and general specialisation

Students must complete the four-unit Professional Communication specialisation courses from the Master of Business and Innovation, plus any four courses from the Master of Business Administration, Master of Project Management or Master of Business and Innovation, Master of Professional Accounting or Master or Information Systems or from other USQ postgraduate programs as approved by the Program Coordinator.

Option 2 - Two named specialisations

Students must complete the four-unit Professional Communication specialisation courses from the Master of Business and Innovation, plus another four-unit named specialisation from the Master of Business Administration, Master of Project Management or Master of Business and Innovation.

Option 1

Courses to be studied Units
Professional Communication specialisation courses 4
General specialisation courses 4
Total 8

Option 2

Courses to be studied Units
Professional Communication specialisation courses 4
Second named specialisation courses 4
Total 8

Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

Fees and scholarships

Your actual fees may vary depending on the courses you select. We review our fees annually so these may be subject to change.

Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (8 units) in this degree are:

Study Mode Cost
Domestic full fee paying

You are responsible for the full cost of your course and are charged a tuition fee.

AUD 24720

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2020. 

Student services and amenities fees

You may need to pay student services and amenities (SA) fees as part of your course costs.

Loan to help you pay your fees

You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. FEE-HELP allows you to defer your fees until your income reaches a certain level. Find out if you are eligible for FEE-HELP. 

You may also be eligible to receive financial support from Centrelink.

Scholarships

At USQ, we offer a range of scholarships to support your success at university. Find a scholarship that works for you.

How to apply

Complete your online application directly to USQ.

The closing dates for applying directly to USQ are:

  • Semester 3, 2020 - applications close Friday 20 November, with semester 3 commencing on Monday 16 November, 2020.
  • Semester 1, 2021 - applications close Monday 22 February, with semester 1 commencing on Monday 22 February, 2021.
  • Semester 2, 2021 - applications close Monday 12 July, with semester 2 commencing on Monday 12 July, 2021.
  • Semester 3, 2021 - applications close Monday 15 November, with semester 3 commencing on Monday 15 November, 2021.

More information on applying key dates is available.

Further information

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