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Overview

  • This 2 year program can be completed in 1.5 years if you have a bachelor degree in business or a related field. See entry requirements for details.
  • Hone your analytical, decision-making, communication and problem solving skills to advance your career
  • Study public relations theory and practice; problems and opportunities in communication; mass media strategy; and planning, managing and evaluating public relations campaigns
  • Your knowledge and research skills are developed throughout the course and taken to an advanced level in the capstone unit, which can comprise a workplace experience project or business case project
  • Prepares you for a career as a public relations manager and consultant, special event manager, promotions manager, media adviser, information officer, or corporate communications officer
  • Graduates are accredited by the Public Relations Institute of Australia
  • Find out more at our upcoming MBA and Postgraduate Business Information Event.
QUT course code BS11
Attendance Part-time or Full-time
Course duration 1.5 years full-time
3 years part-time
Note: Business and related discipline graduates: 1.5 years full-time; 3 years part-time. All other graduates: 2 years full-time; 4 years part-time. Please refer to the entry requirements tab for further information.
Start month 2017 February, July
Delivery On campus
  • Gardens Point
External
  • Online
Faculty
  • QUT Business School
Course contact
CRICOS code 085448J
Careers
  • Corporate Relations Manager
  • Media or Communications Adviser
  • Public Affairs Manager
  • Public relations manager
  • Public Relations Officer/Consultant
  • Stakeholder Relations Specialist

Details

This course is designed for practitioners to sharpen or further their skills, or for those seeking a career change to this field. The discipline studies are designed as a comprehensive survey of public relations. They provide an overview of the foundations of public relations theory and practice; problems and opportunities in communicating with the corporate audience; development of mass media strategy and tactics; and a systematic exploration of the planning, management and evaluation of public relations campaigns.

QUT’s Master of Business has been redesigned to ensure it meets the new quality assurance standards set by the Australian Qualifications Framework for masters by coursework programs. The learning outcomes of the course have been refreshed to provide you with a more engaging and real world learning experience.

Why choose this course?

This course is designed to extend your real-world public relations knowledge and skills. Public relations focuses on how to build organisational relationships, write for and liaise with the media, and make public relations decisions across the corporate, government, agency and not for-profit sectors.

In undertaking this study area you will also acquire the skills to manage public relations issues, respond to public opinion and work to protect reputations for real world organisations. Throughout the course you will develop a portfolio of work to demonstrate your advanced knowledge, skills and potential to employers.

Flexible delivery

Units in this postgraduate program are delivered using a mix of face-to-face, online and blended learning technologies. All course materials are placed online including course lecture materials, practical session guides, readings and help guides.

Real-world learning

Developed in consultation with industry, our programs incorporate real-world case analysis, activities and workplace projects. You will also benefit from meaningful connections with industry leaders and practitioners as they share their insights into essential skills and attributes needed for professional practice.

You will learn how to exercise creativity, independent judgement and critical reflection, to plan, design, adapt and implement strategies and solutions that contribute to real world business practice and research.

Your knowledge and research skills are taken to an advanced level in the capstone unit of this course. This unit comprises a workplace experience project or a business case project.

Career outcomes

Public relations specialists advise on how to manage and portray corporate and organisational identities. You will acquire professional communication skills for employment in corporate, government, consultancy and not-for-profit sectors. Our graduates enter the marketplace as public relations managers and consultants, special event managers, promotions managers, media advisers, information officers, and corporate communication officers.

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the industry’s peak professional body, the Public Relations Institute of Australia, which provides access to professional education and career opportunities. Graduates of accredited courses are eligible for entry to professional levels of membership of the Institute. QUT maintains strong links with this body and a number of our teaching staff hold executive positions.

Advanced standing

Students who have articulated from the Graduate Certificate in Business (Public Relations) may receive exemptions for up to 48 credit points.

Advanced standing may also be available to students who have studied a related postgraduate program with another institution within the last five years.

Recognition of prior learning

If you hold a recognised undergraduate degree, in a related discipline study area, your experience in our Master of Business program will be tailored to your learning needs.

Your work experience in a related field may also be considered for recognition of prior learning.

Early exit

Students may exit from the Master of Business (BS11) at the following stages, once those particular course requirements have been met:

  • Graduate Diploma of Business (BS79) (Study Area A)
  • Graduate Certificate in Business (BS39) (Study Area A).

International double masters program

If you would like to attain two internationally accredited masters in about the same time that it would normally take you to get one, you may consider our international double masters program. In an exchange study, you complete part of your degree at one of two leading institutions in Europe. Through cross-crediting of your course content, you are able to obtain the full degrees from both institutions – and you may be able to complete the double degree in the same time that it would take you to complete your QUT Master of Business program. For more information, visit international double degrees.

Business advantage

The QUT Business School’s Business Advantage program is a free program offered to all business students. It can help you develop skills through interaction, discussion, cooperation and debate with other students and leaders from business, government, education and community sectors. The program includes: guest presentations from inspiring industry, community and university leaders; sessions focused on specific social and professional skills; challenging interaction aimed at developing skills through new experiences; and provides a certificate of completion for you to include in your resume or portfolio. Not only does this program offer you excellent networking opportunities, but also the opportunity to gain highly relevant experiences and skills that you can apply throughout your career.

Units

Download course structures and unit outlines for Master of Business (Public Relations)

The Master of Business is designed in three blocks of study:

1. Foundation studies (48 credit points)
2. Discipline studies (96 credit points)
3. Complementary studies (48 credit points)

Students with an undergraduate degree that is not in Business or a related field of study will undertake 192 credit points of study commencing with Foundation studies.

Students who have completed an undergraduate degree in Business or related field of study with a minimum GPA of 4 (on a 7 point scale) will undertake 144 credit points of study in their course.  The enrolment program students will undertake will depend on their prior study:

• Undergraduate degree in the same discipline as their chosen major: Students will commence their study in the Discipline studies block.

• Undergraduate Business degree in a different discipline to their chosen major: Students will commence their study in the Foundation studies block.

Students will be able to access course progression advice from the School of Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations.

Entry requirements

Academic entry requirements

Master of Business - 1.5 year program

A completed recognised bachelor degree in business or related field with a minimum grade point average of 4.0 (on QUT's 7 point scale).

Master of Business - 2 year program

A completed recognised bachelor degree in any discipline with a minimum grade point average of 4.0 (on QUT's 7 point scale).

Note: You don't need to apply for the 1.5 year program. You'll be automatically assessed for eligibility as part of QUT's application for admission process.

 
 

Course fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually.

2017: $25300 per year full-time (96 credit points) (subject to annual review)

Student Services and Amenities Fee

You may need to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) as part of your course costs.

More information on the SSAF

FEE-HELP: loans to help you pay your course fees

You may not have to pay anything upfront if you're eligible for a FEE-HELP loan.

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Scholarships and financial support

You can apply for scholarships to help you with study and living costs.

These scholarships are available for this course:

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You may also be eligible for Centrelink payments

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How to apply for Master of Business (Public Relations)

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  4. Checked course costs and if you're eligible for financial support
  5. Checked if you're eligible for credit for prior learning
  6. Collected supporting documents (see application form)

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