Honours Overview


Honours in Communication and Media Studies develops your understanding of the field and your capacity to contribute to this field. It introduces you to sophisticated disciplinary concepts and texts while developing your theoretical, creative and practical media skills. You will work on an original major research project, involving the development of research skills, including preparation of research proposals and critical bibliographies, acquisition of research materials and consideration of method. You will also develop a range of communication skills. Successful completion of an honours degree in Communication and Media Studies will be very valuable in areas such as journalism, the media, advertising, public relations, multimedia production, public administration, business, government and education, as well as preparing you for postgraduate research.


Students are able to (1) demonstrate coherent and advanced knowledge of key theories and methods in communication and media studies; (2) have cognitive and technical skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of empirical and theoretical concepts in communication and media studies; (3) demonstrate ability to critically review, analyse, consolidate and synthesize knowledge with with intellectual independence to provide understanding of complex problems and issues in communication and media studies; (4) identify, plan and implement an original research project or creative work in communication and media studies, including appropriate ethical issues; and (5) produce high-level oral and written communication appropriate to the discipline.

Entry requirements

The equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 70 per cent in the Level 3 units of the Communication and Media Studies major.

Intake periods

Beginning of year only


Honours in Communication and Media Studies can be taken as a specialisation in the following degrees:

No study plans found for this course. See study plans for more information.


Key to availability of units:
Semester 1
Semester 2
non-standard teaching period

See the School of Social Sciences Honours Handbook for details on semester study patterns.

Take all units (42 points):
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit nameUnit requirements
NS ANTH4103 Knowing Social Realities: Theoretical Foundations
ANTH7483 Honours Seminar 3 (Anthropology)
S2 COMM5104 Public Communication
COMM7484 Honours Seminar 4 (Communication Studies).
COMM4104 Public Communication
NS SOCS4100 Social Sciences Research Skills
Enrolment in
any Honours Programme
or a Masters dissertation project.
COMM4101 Concepts in Communication, COMM7481 Honours Seminar 1 (Communication Studies)
S1, S2 SOCS4140 Honours Dissertation 1None
S1, S2 SOCS4141 Honours Dissertation 2
Successful completion of
SOCS4140 Honours Dissertation 1
Take unit(s) to the value of 6 points:
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit nameUnit requirements
NS COMM5701 Strategic Communications in a Digital EraNone
NS COMM5702 Digital Media: Theory and PracticeNone