University of Technology Sydney

C09047v2 Bachelor of Communication (Honours)

Award(s): Bachelor of Communication (Honours) (BComm(Hons))
CRICOS code: 088589E
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 48
Course EFTSL: 1
Location: City campus

Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Inherent requirements
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Levels of award
Other information


The Bachelor of Communication (Honours) offers graduates the opportunity to pursue advanced-level study in communication, social sciences, cultural studies and creative arts. It prepares graduates for professional and/or higher degree research practice. Emphasis is placed on interdisciplinary approaches and the integration of scholarship with contemporary issues in society and culture.

An honours degree in communication provides an excellent opportunity for students to develop their research skills for professional or higher degree communication research or creative practice. Supported by leading researchers, teachers and creative practitioners, students undertake a program of advanced coursework and produce a project relevant to their academic, professional and/or creative major.

Career options

This course equips graduates with the critical thinking, creativity and professional project skills to pursue careers in a number of communication and creative industries, such as digital media, public relations, journalism, music, creative practice, policy and advocacy and writing. Graduates are also well prepared to undertake postgraduate research degrees or begin a career as a researcher. Specific career options depend on the student's core discipline.

Course intended learning outcomes

This course engages with the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs), which are tailored to the Graduate Attributes set for all graduates of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences:

1.1 Demonstrate an advanced knowledge of professional practice in a specific communication industry or field
1.2 Apply theoretically informed understandings of a communication industry in an independent research project
2.1 Employ research and inquiry skills to independently locate, gather, organise and analyse information across diverse platforms to inform understandings of a specific communication industry
2.2 Exhibit intellectual curiosity, reflexive critical thinking and innovative creative practice and be able to plan and execute ethical research
3.1 Demonstrate a strong awareness, knowledge of, and sensitivity to, diversity, equity and global contexts
4.1 Critically analyse the crucial place of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples within contemporary Australian politics, history, culture and industry
5.1 Produce work that is informed by knowledge of ethical practice in the personal, political and professional contexts of civil society
6.1 Communicate knowledge and ideas clearly and coherently to a variety of audiences


The first digit of each CILO indicates the relevant graduate attribute:

  1. Professional Readiness
  2. Critical and Creative Inquiry
  3. International and Intercultural Engagement
  4. Indigenous Competencies
  5. Active Citizenship
  6. Effective Communication

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline at an appropriate level.

Applicants are admitted to the honours program only if appropriately qualified UTS: Communication academic staff are available for supervision for the thesis component.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 7.0 overall with a writing score of 7.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 584-609 overall with TWE of 5.0, internet based: 94-101 overall with a writing score of 27; or PTE: 65-72 overall with a writing score of 65; or C1A/C2P: 185-190 overall with a writing score of 185.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

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.

Inherent requirements

Inherent requirements are academic and non-academic requirements that are essential to the successful completion of a course. For more information about inherent requirements and where prospective and current students can get assistance and advice regarding these, see the UTS Inherent requirements page.

Prospective and current students should carefully read the Inherent Requirements Statement below and consider whether they might experience challenges in successfully completing this course.

UTS will make reasonable adjustments to teaching and learning, assessment, professional experiences, course related work experience and other course activities to facilitate maximum participation by students with disabilities, carer responsibilities, and religious or cultural obligations in their courses.

For course specific information see the Communication Inherent (Essential) Requirements Statement.

Course duration and attendance

The course is offered on a one-year, full-time basis.

Course structure

Students complete two 12-credit-point subjects (24 credit points) and an honours project (24 credit points). The project is based on their original work informed by theoretical study and independent research. The project may be presented in a variety of traditional and/or non-traditional formats.

Course completion requirements

55993 Honours Research Design 12cp
55994 Honours Project 24cp
55990 Honours Theoretical Frameworks 12cp
Total 48cp

Course program

The example program below is for a student commencing in Autumn session.

Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
55993 Honours Research Design   12cp
55990 Honours Theoretical Frameworks   12cp
Spring session
55994 Honours Project   24cp

Levels of award

The Bachelor of Communication (Honours) may be awarded with first class, second class division 1, second class division 2 or third class honours. Satisfactory completion of 55993 Honours Research Design is a requirement for obtaining any level of honours. The final level of honours achieved is determined by a weighted calculation of the three components of the honours course as follows:

  • 55994 Honours Project: 50 per cent
  • 55993 Honours Research Design: 25 per cent
  • 55990 Honours Theoretical Frameworks: 25 per cent.

Other information

Further information is available from the UTS Student Centre on:

telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)
or +61 2 9514 1222