Graduate Diploma in Strategic Communication

This course focuses on the skill, knowledge and capabilities required to participate in the contemporary global communications environment across industry, government agencies and community organisations. Today's communications and media environment is global, internationalised and requires sound leaders who understand the implications of digital, traditional and intercultural media, the methods of communicating strategically to reach audiences, communications project management and the requirements for managing an organisation's image and messages. Through practical and analytical engagement, students gain both skills and understanding relevant to a broad range of communications and media roles, capabilities in developing effective communication strategies that operate across digital and traditional formats, and skills in managing communications projects.

Course overview

Course title
Graduate Diploma in Strategic Communication
Award abbreviation
Course code
Course type
postgraduate diploma
current / 2021
Administered by
Social Sciences

Course details

Intake periods
Beginning of year and mid-year
Attendance type
full- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
Credit points required
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration
1 year
Time limit
4 years
Delivery mode
Locations offered
UWA (Perth)
Domestic fee type
Commonwealth supported and/or HECS-HELP
Available to international students
Yes. For information on international student fees see 'Schedule 2: Fees'. (Enquiries:
Course Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Helen Fordham
Visit the fees calculator.

Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; NS = non-standard teaching period

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Take all units (24 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S2COMM5104Public Communication
COMM7484 Honours Seminar 4 (Communication Studies); COMM4104 Public Communication
NSCOMM5701Strategic Communications in a Digital Era
up to 24 hours
NSCOMM5702Digital Media: Theory and Practice
lectures: up to 1 hr per week. seminars: 2 hours per week for 6 weeks
NSCOMM5703Strategic Communications Planning and Management
up to 24 hours

Take unit(s) to the value of 24 points:

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1COMM5200Digital Advocacy
SOCS5200 Digital Advocacy (ID 6812)
up to 3 hours per teaching week
S1COMM5604Media Governance
up to 24 hours
NSCOMM5605Issues in Contemporary Global Journalism
This unit will be delivered online and it will consist of a mix of recorded lectures, structured activities and zoom tutorials.
S1COMM5706Accountability and Responsibility in the Media
seminars: 2 hours per week
NS, S1, S2WILG5001Professional Development Practicum A
Completion of 24 points of post graduate units and approval from the unit coordinator.
150 hours for pre-placement, placement and post-placement activities

See also the rules for the course and the Student Rules.


Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The Student Rules apply to students in this course.

(2) The policy, policy statements and guidance documents and student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials and Communication and Research Skills modules

2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module) and the Communication and Research Skills module (the CARS module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the CARS module is not required to repeat the module.

(3) A student must successfully complete the ACE module within the first teaching period of their enrolment. Failure to complete the module within this timeframe will result in the student's unit results from this teaching period being withheld. These results will continue to be withheld until students avail themselves of a subsequent opportunity to achieve a passing grade in the ACE module. In the event that students complete units in subsequent teaching periods without completing the ACE module, these results will similarly be withheld. Students will not be permitted to submit late review or appeal applications regarding results which have been withheld for this reason and which they were unable to access in the normally permitted review period.

English Language competency requirements

3. To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework.

Admission requirements

4.(1) To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

(a) a Bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA;


(b) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 50 per cent; or

(2) completed a Graduate Certificate in Strategic Communication at UWA.

Admission ranking and selection

5. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.

Articulations and exit awards

6.(1) The following courses form part of an articulated sequence:

  • 12240 Graduate Certificate in Strategic Communication (24 points)
  • 12340 Graduate Diploma in Strategic Communication (48 points)
  • 12540 Master of Strategic Communication (96 points)

(2) A student who withdraws from the Graduate Diploma in Strategic Communication course before completing it, but after fulfilling the requirements of a lesser award in the above sequence, may apply for the relevant award.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 48 points.

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

Satisfactory progress

8. To make satisfactory progress in a calendar year a student must pass units to a value of at least half the total value of units in which they remain enrolled after the final date for withdrawal without academic penalty.

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the Communication and Research Skills module (the CARS module) when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.

Progress status

10.(1) A student who fails to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 after being enrolled at the University for one or two semesters only is assigned a progress status of 'On Probation' by the Faculty.

(2) Unless the Faculty determines otherwise in exceptional circumstances a student who fails to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 and has been enrolled at the University for more than two semesters is assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' by the Faculty.

(3) Unless the Faculty determines otherwise in exceptional circumstances a student who has previously been allocated a progress status of 'Suspended' and fails again to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'Excluded' by the Faculty.

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 9 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.

Award with distinction

12. This rule is not applicable to this course.