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Key facts

The ability to communicate effectively is essential in many aspects of our lives, but none more so than in the workplace. Improving your communication skills can not only improve your performance in your current professional role, it can help you to progress in your career.

Our Diploma in Professional Communication is specifically tailored to help you improve your communication in a professional setting, including written, spoken and analytical skills. In a rapidly changing world, strong communication skills have never been more important in helping you to future proof your career.

  • Up to 4 years part-time
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
  • Trimester 3 - Oct 2021
  • Online
Entry requirements
  • Guaranteed ATAR: Not applicable
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  • Commonwealth Supported Place (quotas apply)
    Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) (Quotas Apply)

    An Australian Government subsidised university place, only granted where Commonwealth Supported Places are still available. UNE has a cap on the number of CSP places that can be granted for certain course types and bands.

  • International

    Tuition fees for international students, i.e. those not Australian or New Zealand citizens or residents.

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Course information

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Why study the Diploma in Professional Communication with UNE?

The Diploma in Professional Communication gives you a solid grounding in the fundamentals of effective communication, while at the same time allowing you to design a course that suits your professional circumstances, or areas in which you feel you can improve.

Our core subjects include public speaking, writing for work, and communicating in culturally diverse contexts. You can also choose from a diverse range of listed units, including (but not limited to):

  • Communication for Business
  • Language and the Law
  • Working with Aboriginal People
  • Persuading the Public: Rhetoric in Public Affairs.

What makes our course different?

The subjects in the Diploma of Professional Communications have been assembled from across a range of our bachelor degrees, covering media and communications, arts, law, linguistics and theatre studies. This gives you a broad scope to tailor your diploma to suit your personal needs.

  • Learn from lecturers and tutors who have years of industry and/or research experience in the field.
  • Choose to study when it suits you. Our degree allows you to fit study around your busy lifestyle, not the other way around, no matter where you are in the world.
  • UNE is Australia’s oldest regional university and a pioneer in the delivery of distance education – more than 80% of our students are online.
  • We’re highly rated — UNE’s humanities and social sciences courses were given 5-star ratings for Overall Experience, Graduate Salary, Student Support and Teaching Quality in the 2021 Good Universities Guide.

Year after year, students award UNE the maximum 5-star ratings for Overall Experience and Student Support, so when you choose to study with us, you are in very good hands.

Core units

  • COMM103 - Creative Industries and Communications
  • MUSI160 - Aural Skills 1
  • LING150 - Communication in Culturally Diverse Contexts
  • THEA234 - Speaking in Public
  • WRIT101 - The Craft of Academic Writing
  • WRIT306 - Writing for Work: Styles and Contexts

Study online

Most of our students choose to study online across three study periods with 24/7 tutor support* and fit study around work and family commitments. Uniquely, our online students are mostly over 30 and bring valuable experience with them. They form a community of adults juggling the same challenges and priorities and who bring their life and work experience together to build real world networks for the future.

* 24/7 tutor support includes: essay feedback (within 24 hours); live chat 24/7 for generic feedback on academic writing; and subject-specific help at a foundation or first-year level for subjects including mathematics, chemistry, biology, physics, business, accounting, microeconomics, macroeconomics and statistics. There are also a wide range of workshops, resources and courses available in academic skills support to assist your and help you to succeed.


Admission periodMode/location
Trimester 1Online
Trimester 2Online
Trimester 3Online

Entry requirements

A candidate shall be qualified for admission (see Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Rule and the Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Procedures).

Candidates are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing.

Fees and scholarships

How much will it cost?

Estimated fees for your first year of study in this course are:

Fee typeCost
Commonwealth Supported Place (quotas apply)$14,500*
*The costs will depend on the units you choose to study as the cost of individual units vary. “Estimated fees” are provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking a study load of 48 credit points in the first year of this course. For courses that require less than 48 credit points the fees indicated are based on the total credit points required for completion of that course. For more information, please see fees and costs.


UNE scholarships are open for all to apply and offer financial help while you are studying. If you are commencing your university studies or if you are already a student at UNE, there are a number of scholarships to help you throughout your studies. There are UNE scholarships for students:

  • with high academic achievement
  • from rural areas
  • studying specific degrees
  • in disadvantaged groups
  • who excel at sport
  • living in a UNE residential college.

UNE scholarship applications are free and confidential. You may apply for more than one scholarship.

Course structure

To qualify for the award a candidate must pass units to the value of 48 credit points.

30 credit points

Complete the following units:

18 credit points

Complete 18 credit points from the following units:

See UNE Handbook for more details. The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course plans, intensive schools, and work placement requirements.

Course outcomes

The Diploma in Professional Communication aims to develop an understanding of and competence in the core elements of professional communication. This gives graduates a competitive advantage in a variety of workplaces, whether in Australia or overseas.
  1. demonstrate knowledge within communication studies, with depth in some of the themes, concepts, theories, practices and techniques studied in this field;
  2. demonstrate cognitive and communication skills to identify, analyse, evaluate and synthesise ideas and information from a variety of sources;
  3. select and use appropriate communication technologies, forms, styles and techniques to investigate problems and present ideas and arguments coherently for specific purposes and intended audiences within a range of professional contexts;
  4. transfer and apply theoretical concepts to plan and develop project, solve problems and make decisions in a range of professional or further learning situations; and
  5. demonstrate initiative, judgement and personal responsibility in decision-making and problem-solving while working both in collaboration with others and independently.
Knowledge of a Discipline

Graduates will be able to demonstrate knowledge and skills within communication studies and its underlying principles, concepts and methods. Graduate will develop the skills needed to analyse local, national and international media practices, with an understanding of diverse cultural contexts and perspectives.

Communication Skills

The course develops skills of writing, reading, listening and communication ideas and arguments in diverse genres, contexts and forms.

Problem Solving

Graduates will be able to solve problems by exercising critical thinking and judgement.

Information Literacy

Graduates will be able to demonstrate an ability to gather, analyse and evaluate information and ideas from a range of sources.

Ethical Conduct and Social Responsibility

The study of media representations, cultural perspectives and communication ethics provides students with a basis for socially responsible action.

Lifelong Learning

The attainment of disciplinary knowledge and skills in media and communications provides graduates with the capacity for independent lifelong learning.

Independence and Collaboration

The course provides students with the opportunity to learn and apply constructive principles of team work and social interaction in diverse social contexts of communication.

A five-star experience

Teaching Quality
Teaching Quality NSW
Good Universities Guide 2021
#1 in Australia Postgraduate Teaching Quality
Postgraduate Teaching Quality
Good Universities Guide 2021
Student Support
Undergraduate Student Support
Good Universities Guide 2021
Overall Experience
Overall Experience
Good Universities Guide 2021
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Studying online

At UNE we know it takes more than just being online to be a great online university. It takes time and experience. We pioneered distance education for working adults back in the 1950s, so we’ve been doing this longer than any other Australian university.

We understand the challenges faced by busy adults studying at home. We know that a vital part of online study is your engagement with the learning community. Communication with your classmates, teaching staff and university support staff will enhance your study experience and ensure that your skills extend beyond the subject matter. UNE’s teaching staff are experts in their field which is why UNE consistently receives five stars from students for teaching quality, support and overall experience.*

*The Good Universities Guide

Your career

Career outcomes

When you successfully complete the Diploma in Professional Communication you will have a wide range of knowledge and skills in professional communication, including highly effective written and spoken communication. These capabilities are highly valued by most employers across all industries.

Other career information

The Diploma in Professional Communication is an ideal precursor to further study, such as a Bachelor of Media and Communications or Bachelor of Arts. You may also receive advanced standing (sometimes called recognition of prior learning) into these degrees, meaning you can complete them sooner.

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Why study with us?

What’s more is that being able to advance my skills and understanding within my field alongside like-minded individuals was incredibly rewarding.

Testimonial placeholder icon of a university graduateJacob Johnston, Bachelor of Media and Communications with Honours

What happens next?

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1. Decide on your course

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3. Receive an offer, enrol and start studying

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