Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
The Graduate Diploma in Public Relations offers students a professional qualification and scholarly development in essential features of public relations practice; from campaign development to issues management and media relations. The course is suitable for students early in their careers as communication professionals. Academic staff involved in the course have substantial industry experience and have undertaken research in the field.
Students early in their careers as communication professionals
This course totals 48 credit points of study consisting of three core foundation subjects (24 credit points) and three core subjects in the Public Relations specialisation (24 credit points). Full-time students are required to undertake 24 credit points a session. Part-time students should undertake 8 or 16 credit points a session.
- Public relations
Standard entry requirements
- UTS recognised bachelor degree, or equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate studies. Applicants who have not completed a bachelor's, master's, graduate diploma or graduate certificate in any field of study (or overseas equivalent) must provide: a personal statement (approximately 500 words) explaining why they wish to study the course
- A CV which should include details of paid and voluntary work or other experiences that could be relevant to the course. If applicants do not submit these documents, their application may not be considered. 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.
Courses in the postgraduate program in Communication Management at UTS have been accredited with the Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA) for over 20 years. As this graduate diploma is accredited with PRIA, graduates have an accelerated path to its professional membership.
Students who have graduated with a UTS Bachelor of Arts in Communication (Public Communication) may be granted up to one-third of the postgraduate course in credit recognition. Other relevant qualifications are considered on a case-by-case basis. This course is part of an articulated program comprising the Graduate Diploma in Public Relations, Graduate Diploma in Communication Management, Graduate Diploma in Integrated Communication and the Master of Arts in Communication Management.
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Career options include roles in public relations and communication management, community relations, corporate communication, integrated communication, internal communication, international communication, media liaison, public affairs and positions related to communication advising.