Bachelor of Communication - Public Communication / Bachelor of Laws

University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00099F

This course is offered jointly by UTS: Law and UTS: Communication. It provides students with interdisciplinary knowledge of public communication processes and industries, and their social, economic and political contexts with specialised expertise in public relations and/or advertising, together with studies in law. It allows students to graduate with the separate degrees of Bachelor of Communication (Public Communication) and Bachelor of Laws. The course provides full-time study for students wishing to obtain a professional legal qualification that satisfies the requirements for admission as a lawyer in NSW together with practical skills and knowledge for contemporary public communication practice. Assessments and a professional industry placement ensure industry relevance and that students are work-ready. Career options include advertising account manager, corporate communications adviser, lawyer in the public communication industry, media liaison officer, political media adviser, public or community relations manager or special events coordinator.

Structure

The course comprises 240 credit points. The study components for course completion are as follows. The law component is made up of 144 credit points. The communication component is made up of 96 credit points. The course is offered on a five-year, full-time basis. Students are required to attend approximately 17 hours of seminars and lectures a week, and may be required to attend evening classes for the law component.

Subjects

  • Communication
  • Public communication
  • Law

Standard entry requirements

  • Applicants must have completed an Australian Year 12 qualification, Australian Qualifications Framework Diploma, or equivalent Australian or overseas qualification at the required level. The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0
  • Or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21
  • Or AE5: Pass
  • Or PTE: 58-64
  • Or CAE: 176-184. HSC English and computer literacy are assumed knowledge.

Recognition

This course has professional recognition from the Public Relations Institute of Australia and the International Advertising Association. This course satisfies the requirements for admission to the Supreme Court of NSW as a lawyer, provided students complete a practical legal training program, such as the Graduate Certificate in Professional Legal Practice.

Study pathways

Students can graduate with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) if they complete subjects Research Methodology and Research Thesis within the course. The degree may be awarded with first or second class honours, which does not require an additional honours year. The rules concerning the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) can be found in undergraduate course information. Students who meet these criteria for honours are eligible for transfer into the appropriate undergraduate honours exit course on completion of all coursework. This transfer is managed by the Haymarket Student Centre and occurs just prior to graduation. The Bachelor of Communication (Honours) is offered on a one-year, full-time basis.

Study information

Campus Fees Mid year intake Attendance
City Yes
  • Full-time : 5 years

Further information

This course replaces the Bachelor of Arts in Communication (Public Communication) Bachelor of Laws. To practise as a lawyer in NSW, students need to successfully complete an accredited legal academic qualification (e.g. Bachelor of Laws) and an accredited course of practical legal training (PLT), which UTS offers through its PLT program. Students enrolled in this course may complete their practical legal training by undertaking a postgraduate course in PLT, such as the Graduate Certificate in Professional Legal Practice. Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

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