Undergraduate Major

Journalism

Embark on a career as a storyteller in the digital age with practical writing, reporting and producing skills developed within our online newsroom.

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Murdoch code

MJ-JNL

Study mode

Full Time or Part Time

Selection rank

70

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Overview

In our Journalism course, you’ll develop the skills you need to thrive in the digital era of news. Learn everything you need to know to work within a professional news organisation, gathering information and producing editorial content in text, audio and video and multimedia formats.

You’ll learn the skills you need to get a job in today’s evolving media landscape, from practical reporting and writing, through to using social media and video journalism, and learning how to manage the back end of a website.

You will learn how to use Adobe Photoshop, Premiere Pro and Audition, as well as drones to capture stories from a completely different angle. You will investigate the ethical, legal and cultural contexts of the media, analyse the influence journalism has on society as well as the rapidly changing world of news delivery.

You have the choice to focus on broadcasting or digital journalism. If you are interested in radio broadcasting, we recommend you also take the minor in Radio, which gives you live, on-air experience through Radio Fremantle and other radio productions.

With the help of our industry-experienced lecturers, you’ll conduct interviews, shoot photos and videos and create multimedia content to tell amazing stories. In your final unit, your stories will be written and uploaded to our student news website, as you work in an online newsroom and find out how the industry really works.

3 reasons to study Journalism at Murdoch

  1. You’ll get the chance to follow in the footsteps of some of our students who have interned at the ABC, the West, Channel Seven, The Fremantle Herald and other Perth newsrooms.
  2. Have the chance to get some real-world experience in our on-campus student creative consultancy MESH and work on real projects.
  3. Join professional networks and build valuable connections through our academics and their close relationships with industry.

What you’ll learn

Build the knowledge and skills you need to meet your career or study goals. Here are some of the things you’ll learn:

  • Digital newsgathering and reporting
  • Online and mobile journalism
  • Digital media skills
  • TV news reporting
  • How to work in a digital newsroom

Your future career

When you graduate you can follow a career in the media industry or work for yourself as a freelance writer or producer. You will have the skills to research, write and communicate effectively- all are useful in corporate and public sector settings. Careers could include:

  • Journalist
  • Freelance Writer
  • TV News Reporter/Producer
  • Foreign Correspondent
  • Radio Journalist/Presenter
  • Media Liaison Officer
  • Documentary Producer

For further admission information about this course, please download our Information Pack.

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Internal External
Murdoch University Dubai, UAE Trimester 1 Trimester 1
Trimester 2 Trimester 2
Trimester 3 Trimester 3
Murdoch Semester 1 Semester 1
Semester 2 Semester 2
Kaplan Higher Education Institute and Kaplan Higher Education Academy, Singapore Trimester 1 Trimester 1
Trimester 2 Trimester 2
Trimester 3 Trimester 3
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Entry requirements

I have completed studies in
Select which option best describes your path to university :
Means of admission Minimum academic requirement Minimum english requirement
Murdoch Institute of Technology (MIT) courses Successful completion of one of the following:Murdoch University Preparation Course with a minimum of 50% in every subjectMUPC (1 Trimester)Foundation Studies Course with a minimum of 50% in every subject. Successful completion of one of the following:Murdoch University Preparation CourseIntroduction to Academic Communication unitFoundation Studies Course with a minimum of 50% in every subject.
Enabling courses Successful completion of one of the following within 12 months of bachelor course commencement:OnTrack, FlexiTrack, OnTrack Sprint or K-Track at Murdoch UniversityMurdoch FlexiTrack High program in year 12 and the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE)TLC – Learning for Tomorrow, the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) and achievement of a scaled score of 50+ in ATAR English or a grade of 'C' or better in General Englishan enabling or bridging course at another Australian University.   Successful completion of the course.
University study Successful completion of 2 units at an Australian University or Open Universities Australia (OUA). Successful completion of 2 units at an Australian University or Open Universities Australia (OUA).
Creative Portfolio Successful Portfolio application as assessed by the Academic Chair of the course.Find out more Scaled mark of 50 or higher in one of the following:English ATARLiterature ATAREnglish as an Additional Dialect (EALD) ATAR or interstate equivalent, or a STAT Written English score of 140 or higher.
Murdoch Institute of Technology (MIT) courses

Minimum academic requirement

Successful completion of one of the following:Murdoch University Preparation Course with a minimum of 50% in every subjectMUPC (1 Trimester)Foundation Studies Course with a minimum of 50% in every subject.

Minimum english requirement

Successful completion of one of the following:Murdoch University Preparation CourseIntroduction to Academic Communication unitFoundation Studies Course with a minimum of 50% in every subject.
Enabling courses

Minimum academic requirement

Successful completion of one of the following within 12 months of bachelor course commencement:OnTrack, FlexiTrack, OnTrack Sprint or K-Track at Murdoch UniversityMurdoch FlexiTrack High program in year 12 and the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE)TLC – Learning for Tomorrow, the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) and achievement of a scaled score of 50+ in ATAR English or a grade of 'C' or better in General Englishan enabling or bridging course at another Australian University.  

Minimum english requirement

Successful completion of the course.
University study

Minimum academic requirement

Successful completion of 2 units at an Australian University or Open Universities Australia (OUA).

Minimum english requirement

Successful completion of 2 units at an Australian University or Open Universities Australia (OUA).
Creative Portfolio

Minimum academic requirement

Successful Portfolio application as assessed by the Academic Chair of the course.Find out more

Minimum english requirement

Scaled mark of 50 or higher in one of the following:English ATARLiterature ATAREnglish as an Additional Dialect (EALD) ATAR or interstate equivalent, or a STAT Written English score of 140 or higher.
Means of admission Minimum academic requirement Minimum english requirement
Western Australian Universities Foundation Program (WAUFP) CPS 54 or higher. 50% in English Language and Australian Cultural Studies (ELACS).
GCE A Levels

Aggregate of 6 points from:

  • A maximum of the best three A-level subjects; OR
  • A combination of A-level and AS-level subjects

 

At least two A-level subjects are included in the calculation

AS-level subject attempted at A-level is not eligible to be included

 

A-level grades (A*=6, A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1)

AS-level grades (A=2.5, B=2, C=1.5, D=1, E=0.5)

A Levels: D in one of the following:English LanguageEnglish LiteratureKnowledge and Inquiry. AS Level: C in one of the following:English LanguageEnglish Literature Knowledge and Inquiry.
Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) Overall Position (OP) of 13 or lower. Sound Achievement (4) or better in a Queensland Studies Authority approved subject of one of the following:EnglishEnglish Extension (Literature)English for ESL Learners. Evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic Applicants Only) Evidence of completing a minimum of 2 years of studies at TAFE or an RTO (Domestic Applicants Only).
Minimum Selection Rank (WA/ACT/NSW/NT/SA/TAS/VIC) 70 Scaled mark of 50 or higher in one of the following (or interstate equivalent):English ATARLiterature ATAREnglish as an Additional Dialect (EALD) ATAR Or a STAT Written English score of 140 or higher. Or evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic applicants only)​.
Portfolio entry For Creative Media, Arts and Design and Communications courses A successful portfolio application that demonstrates relevant aptitude and ability in a related learning area.​ Find out more about the Portfolio Entry Pathway.
Extenuating circumstances We'll consider applications from prospective students whose education has been compromised due to genuine hardship, resulting in them falling short of entry requirements for an undergraduate course.Find out more. Case-by-case assessment.
VET course studied at school Successful completion of a Certificate IV or higher. Evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic Applicants Only) Evidence of completing a minimum of 2 years of studies at TAFE or an RTO (Domestic Applicants Only). Scaled mark of 50 or higher in one of the following:English ATARLiterature ATAREnglish as an Additional Dialect (EALD) ATAR or a STAT Written English score of 140 or higher. ​
Overseas Year 12 Please refer to the information under the country of study. Please refer to the information under the country of study.
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Total score of 24 or higher. Higher level (HL): 3 or better. Standard Level (SL): 4 or better. Evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic Applicants Only) Evidence of completing a minimum of 2 years of studies at TAFE or an RTO (Domestic Applicants Only). ​
Western Australian Universities Foundation Program (WAUFP)

Minimum academic requirement

CPS 54 or higher.

Minimum english requirement

50% in English Language and Australian Cultural Studies (ELACS).
GCE A Levels

Minimum academic requirement

Aggregate of 6 points from:

  • A maximum of the best three A-level subjects; OR
  • A combination of A-level and AS-level subjects

 

At least two A-level subjects are included in the calculation

AS-level subject attempted at A-level is not eligible to be included

 

A-level grades (A*=6, A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1)

AS-level grades (A=2.5, B=2, C=1.5, D=1, E=0.5)

Minimum english requirement

A Levels: D in one of the following:English LanguageEnglish LiteratureKnowledge and Inquiry. AS Level: C in one of the following:English LanguageEnglish Literature Knowledge and Inquiry.
Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE)

Minimum academic requirement

Overall Position (OP) of 13 or lower.

Minimum english requirement

Sound Achievement (4) or better in a Queensland Studies Authority approved subject of one of the following:EnglishEnglish Extension (Literature)English for ESL Learners. Evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic Applicants Only) Evidence of completing a minimum of 2 years of studies at TAFE or an RTO (Domestic Applicants Only).
Minimum Selection Rank (WA/ACT/NSW/NT/SA/TAS/VIC)

Minimum academic requirement

70

Minimum english requirement

Scaled mark of 50 or higher in one of the following (or interstate equivalent):English ATARLiterature ATAREnglish as an Additional Dialect (EALD) ATAR Or a STAT Written English score of 140 or higher. Or evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic applicants only)​.
Portfolio entry

Minimum academic requirement

For Creative Media, Arts and Design and Communications courses A successful portfolio application that demonstrates relevant aptitude and ability in a related learning area.​ Find out more about the Portfolio Entry Pathway.
Extenuating circumstances

Minimum academic requirement

We'll consider applications from prospective students whose education has been compromised due to genuine hardship, resulting in them falling short of entry requirements for an undergraduate course.Find out more.

Minimum english requirement

Case-by-case assessment.
VET course studied at school

Minimum academic requirement

Successful completion of a Certificate IV or higher.

Minimum english requirement

Evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic Applicants Only) Evidence of completing a minimum of 2 years of studies at TAFE or an RTO (Domestic Applicants Only). Scaled mark of 50 or higher in one of the following:English ATARLiterature ATAREnglish as an Additional Dialect (EALD) ATAR or a STAT Written English score of 140 or higher. ​
Overseas Year 12

Minimum academic requirement

Please refer to the information under the country of study.

Minimum english requirement

Please refer to the information under the country of study.
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma

Minimum academic requirement

Total score of 24 or higher.

Minimum english requirement

Higher level (HL): 3 or better. Standard Level (SL): 4 or better. Evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic Applicants Only) Evidence of completing a minimum of 2 years of studies at TAFE or an RTO (Domestic Applicants Only). ​
Means of admission Minimum academic requirement Minimum english requirement
Certificate IV AQF level 4 Successful completion of a Certificate IV. ​Evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic Applicants Only) Evidence of completing a minimum of 2 years of studies at TAFE or an RTO (Domestic Applicants Only). STAT Written English score of 140 or higher (145 if prior to May 2010).
Diploma or Advanced Diploma AQF level 5–6 Successful completion of a Diploma or Advanced Diploma. Successful completion of a Diploma or Advanced Diploma.
Certificate IV AQF level 4

Minimum academic requirement

Successful completion of a Certificate IV.

Minimum english requirement

​Evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic Applicants Only) Evidence of completing a minimum of 2 years of studies at TAFE or an RTO (Domestic Applicants Only). STAT Written English score of 140 or higher (145 if prior to May 2010).
Diploma or Advanced Diploma AQF level 5–6

Minimum academic requirement

Successful completion of a Diploma or Advanced Diploma.

Minimum english requirement

Successful completion of a Diploma or Advanced Diploma.
Means of admission Minimum academic requirement Minimum english requirement
Portfolio entry For Creative Media, Arts and Design and Communications courses A successful portfolio application that demonstrates relevant aptitude and ability in a related learning area.​ Find out more about the Portfolio Entry Pathway.
Mature Age Pathway (MAP) MAP involves an interview and a portfolio submission to be assessed by the Academic Chair of the course. Admission is based on relevant work and life experience. Applicants must also meet the English Language Competency requirements for the course. Email us for more information. Evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic Applicants Only). Evidence of completing a minimum of 2 years of studies at TAFE or an RTO (Domestic Applicants Only). Must be met according to the respective courses standard ELC requirements, STAT Written English 140, etc. ​
Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) Multiple Choice score of 135 (145 if taken prior to May 2010). Evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic Applicants Only). Evidence of completing a minimum of 2 years of studies at TAFE or an RTO (Domestic Applicants Only). Written English Score of 140 (145 if taken prior to May 2010). ​
Portfolio entry

Minimum academic requirement

For Creative Media, Arts and Design and Communications courses A successful portfolio application that demonstrates relevant aptitude and ability in a related learning area.​ Find out more about the Portfolio Entry Pathway.
Mature Age Pathway (MAP)

Minimum academic requirement

MAP involves an interview and a portfolio submission to be assessed by the Academic Chair of the course. Admission is based on relevant work and life experience. Applicants must also meet the English Language Competency requirements for the course. Email us for more information.

Minimum english requirement

Evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic Applicants Only). Evidence of completing a minimum of 2 years of studies at TAFE or an RTO (Domestic Applicants Only). Must be met according to the respective courses standard ELC requirements, STAT Written English 140, etc. ​
Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

Minimum academic requirement

Multiple Choice score of 135 (145 if taken prior to May 2010).

Minimum english requirement

Evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic Applicants Only). Evidence of completing a minimum of 2 years of studies at TAFE or an RTO (Domestic Applicants Only). Written English Score of 140 (145 if taken prior to May 2010). ​
As per normal undergraduate admission requirements.

English Requirements

You must meet a minimum standard in English to study at Murdoch, which can be demonstrated through either English proficiency tests, university preparation courses, English language courses, previous tertiary study or vocational education.

Advanced Standing

Everyone has a different path to university so if you’ve already completed formal or informal learning, you could receive advanced standing. Also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing can reduce the amount of study needed to complete your degree by giving you credit for certain units.

Formal learning can include previous study in higher education vocational education or adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning, various kinds of work and life experience.

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Adjustment for Murdoch RISE

Murdoch RISE is a selection rank adjustment, as part of our commitment to helping students from regional, Indigenous and low socio-economic backgrounds gain university entry.

If you achieve an ATAR of 60.00 - 89.95, a Murdoch RISE adjustment factor of up to 10.00 points may help you get into your preferred course. Murdoch RISE can increase your selection rank up to a maximum of 90.00.

There’s no application or need to register. If you are eligible, the adjustment factor is automatically added to your raw ATAR score when you apply.

Advanced Standing

Everyone has a different path to university so if you’ve already completed formal or informal learning, you could receive advanced standing. Also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing can reduce the amount of study needed to complete your degree by giving you credit for certain units.

Formal learning can include previous study in higher education vocational education or adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning, various kinds of work and life experience.

Find out more

 

This information applies to courses offered at our Australian campuses only. Courses offered at our Dubai  and Singapore campuses or delivered by Open Universities Australia may have different requirements.

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Make the most of your university experience by reducing the financial costs with a scholarship. Our International Welcome Scholarship offers eligible students between $8,000 and $11,000, depending on the course you study.

The Australian Government also offers scholarships to students from developing countries through the Australia Awards Scholarship program.

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To start studying in Trimester 1 you can apply direct to Murdoch online.

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Ready to apply? Before you start, make sure you have some or all of the following documentation ready for a quick application.

  • Completed official Academic Transcripts and Certificates of Completion
  • ATAR results
  • STAT Test results

Your Document Checklist

Ready to apply? Before you start, make sure you have some or all of the following documentation ready for a quick application.

  • Complete or incomplete official Academic Transcripts and Certificates of Completion – both original and English translated versions
  • English Language Proficiency Document (if available)
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