Bachelor of Journalism and Bachelor of Commerce, Monash University

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Bachelor of Journalism and Bachelor of Commerce for 2015


Why study Bachelor of Journalism and Bachelor of Commerce?

The media and commerce are two of the most rapidly evolving and complex institutions in the modern world. Advances in technology and the rise of globalisation mean they are also two of the most influential. This double degree will prepare you for the challenge of being a journalist, while also giving you a comprehensive understanding of a range of commerce disciplines.

Your journalism studies will give you the skills and knowledge to practice high-quality journalism. You will develop an understanding of print, video, radio and online reporting - in regional, metropolitan and international contexts. You will gain advanced skills in research and communication, and learn about the role of journalism in contemporary society.

Commerce is the cornerstone of the modern economy. It relates to the economic, political, legal, social, cultural, and technological activities that impact on commercial interactions around the world. Our degree offers a world-class education across a wide range of commerce areas. Four of our commerce students represented Australia in the 2011 international final of the Global Management Challenge.

The journalism component consists of an eight-unit journalism major, a six-unit journalism studies specialisation, and a four-unit arts minor in a different area of study. The commerce component consists of six core commerce units, an eight-unit major, and additional units in the Bachelor of Commerce at Clayton campus to reach the required minimum of 16 units.

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Visit the Faculty of Business and Economics undergraduate website.

Download the undergraduate course guide.

Professional recognitions


A Bachelor of Journalism and Bachelor of Commerce allows graduates to satisfy the educational requirements of various professional registrations and memberships. It all depends on what units you take. To learn more, visit professional recognition or talk to your course adviser.


For further details on possible international professions and memberships, visit professional recognition.


Entry requirements

View entry requirements and applications for domestic students

Fees for 2015

Fees are subject to change annually.

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
Commonwealth supported place not offered for this course.

The Student Services and Amenities Fee applies to some students each calendar year.


First Semester (February)


Journalism studies require attendance at the Caulfield campus.


Faculty of Business and Economics

Course code: 4425

CRICOS code: 074397F

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Single degree options

Admissions information for domestic students

Entry requirements

Minimum entrance requirements

Equivalent Australian Year 12.

Minimum entrance requirements for non-school-leavers

All applicants should note that the english and mathematics prerequisites for the courses must be satisfied.

TAFE Although successful completion of at least two units at university level is preferred, students with at least a 80% average in a relevant TAFE diploma or advanced diploma may apply. Preference will be given to students whose prior studies are related to the course in which they are seeking admission. Programs that involve competency-based assessment without grades or marks will not meet the admission requirements. All applicants should note that the English and mathematics prerequisites for the courses must be satisfied.

UNIVERSITY Normally four single units with at least a distinction average are required to be competitive for selection. Preference will be given to students whose prior studies are related to the course in which they are seeking admission. If undertaking studies at Monash University, students are advised to take the first-year units of their desired degree. Students should normally achieve at least a 70% average to be considered for admission. All applicants should note that the English and mathematics prerequisites for the courses must be satisfied.

VCE prerequisites

Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL; and a study score of at least 25 in one of Maths: Mathematical Methods (CAS) or Maths: Specialist Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate subject prerequisites

  • A score of at least 4 in English SL or 3 in English HL or 5 in English B SL or 4 in English B HL.
  • A score of at least 4 in mathematics SL or 3 in mathematics HL or 4 in further mathematics SL.

Extra requirements


Non-year 12 (eg. transfer, mature age, TAFE) applicants must complete the VTAC Personal Information (Pi) form.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.


Semester one (March)

Applications for on campus studies should be made online through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre.

Semester two (July)

This course is not available for Second Semester (July) entry.

Study areas


Accounting is the systematic recording, reporting, and analysis of financial transactions. It can be done on a large scale - for international corporations - or for individuals or for any sized business in-between. There are agreed national and international rules and regulations that govern the work of accountants. Accounting allows a company to analyse its financial performance, and report important statistics such as profit and loss to managers and shareholders.

Find out more about studying Accounting at Monash.


Actuaries identify, analyse and assess risk. They determine the likelihood of economic or property losses such as those that occur during natural disasters and calculate insurance premiums that allow individuals, business and governments to insure against these risks. Actuaries do this by applying the concepts of mathematics and statistics to real life scenarios.

Find out more about studying Actuarial Studies at Monash.


Business modellers use data to identify and analyse business opportunities. They also use data to simulate the performance of a business using a range of different assumptions. These simulations are sometimes known as scenario or what-if models and they enable managers to refine strategies and optimise resource allocation to achieve the best possible outcomes.

Find out more about studying Business Modelling at Monash.


Careers in the business world that use quantitative skills include the financial sector (stockbrokers, the insurance industry, finance companies, banks - e.g. developing models for investment opportunities), the manufacturing sector (e.g. providing quality control), and market research. Opportunities in the public sector include economic modelling, policy evaluation, and research into industry development.

Find out more about studying Econometrics and Business Statistics at Monash.


Economists analyse the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services. They focus on how individuals, households, firms and governments interact and how economies work. Microeconomics examines the behaviour of buyers and sellers in the economy while macroeconomics analyses the entire economy and issues affecting it, including unemployment, inflation, economic growth, and monetary and fiscal policy.

Find out more about studying Economics at Monash.


Financial institutions work with individual and institutional investors. They develop, negotiate, sell and trade financial products (assets and liabilities) and provide financial advice to assist their clients to obtain the financial products most suitable for their needs.

Find out more about studying Finance at Monash.


Experts in the area of financial and insurance mathematics apply mathematical and statistical techniques to the understanding of financial markets. Like actuaries they determine the likelihood of specific outcomes and develop strategies that allow businesses and governments to either pursue new business opportunities or insure against risks.

Find out more about studying Financial and Insurance Mathematics at Monash.


International Commerce is similar to International Business but it has a broader focus. While international business generally refers to the activities of a single organisation, international commerce refers to the factors making up the economic environment that the business is operating in. These factors might be legal, political, social, cultural or technological.

Find out more about studying International Commerce at Monash.


Journalism prepares students for the professional practice of high quality journalism. It addresses all production technologies for journalism - print, video, radio and online - in metropolitan, regional and international contexts. It imparts advanced skills in research and communication for professional practice, fosters a critical understanding of the role of journalism and the media in contemporary Australian society, in all its diversity and dynamism, and is founded in the principle that robust and accurate journalism is an essential component of a democratic society.


Journalism studies explores recent and contemporary scholarship about the institutional context and practice of journalism in Australia and internationally. It takes an interdisciplinary approach, drawing on media studies, political economy, history, philosophy and sociology among other disciplines. It develops advanced skills in media research, and fosters a critical while sympathetic interrogation of journalism practice.


Management Studies is designed to complement and enhance discipline studies in areas such as human resources and international business. It develops management skills in the context of changing and dynamic organisational environments both in Australia and internationally. It equips students to pursue leadership roles within their discipline specialisations.

Find out more about studying Management Studies at Monash.


Identifying and satisfying customer needs profitably form the basis of marketing. It includes creating, communicating, delivering and exchanging goods and services that have value to potential customers and, often, building strong relationships between an organisation and its customers. It can include market research, product development and communication strategies as well as product delivery logistics.

Find out more about studying Marketing at Monash.


Sustainability is about living - and doing business - in a way that does not jeopardise future generations. This means acting in a way that does not pollute or deplete resources like water, air, land or forests. Sustainability professionals help businesses operate in sustainable ways.

Find out more about studying Sustainability at Monash.

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  • Career opportunities

    Graduates from this double degree will have an exciting combination of journalism and commerce skills. Our graduates work all over the world. They work in print and electronic media, banking, politics, public relations, insurance and marketing. They work for the government, major corporations and themselves. The range of career options depends on the subjects chosen but, given we offer such a dynamic combination of skills, graduates will be able to explore many career paths.

    Examples of roles that graduates can pursue include news journalist for a local newspaper, operations manager for a small-to-medium enterprise, economics advisor to a government minister, business and finance reporter for a major metropolitan newspaper, technical writer for a business or finance company, communications advisor for a federal or state government department, self-employed freelance writer, or business analyst for a bank or financial institution.

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