Undergraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2013 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2013 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Science

Managing facultyScience
Partner facultyArts
Abbreviated titleBJourn/BSc
CRICOS code076916E
Total credit points required192
Standard duration of study (years)4 years FT, 8 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton)
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  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • Except with the permission of both faculties, the maximum time for completion of the course is 10 years, including intermissions. Students cannot take additional units that exceed the 192 credit points required for the course. Students wishing to take additional units can only do so on a single subject basis (full-fee paying basis) with the approval of the faculty.
  • The science component of this course is offered on the Clayton campus. The journalism component is offered on the Caulfield campus.


The journalism component of this course prepares students for the professional practice of journalism and/or business. 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. Graduates can expect to possess high order skills in professional practice and scholarly analysis that will enable them to find appropriate industry employment, and enter further study at a higher level as and when needed.

The science component of this course provides students with a broad, general science education, as well as specialist training in one or more science disciplines. The flexibility of the course and the wide range of areas of specialisation allows students to explore new areas, further develop their strengths in science and to pursue their interests. The emphasis on generic skills - quantitative literacy, data analysis, information literacy, problem solving, communication and presentation skills, and the capacity to work in teams - and specialisation in at least one discipline ensures a firm foundation for a career in science. Graduates will be equipped for a variety of careers or for honours and postgraduate study, leading to global employment opportunities in any of the traditional and emerging careers for scientists.


Hardware, software and internet access requirements

The journalism component of the course will require the use of an adequate computer, high-speed internet access and audio-visual software and hardware, such as still and video cameras, audio recorders and microphones. For off-campus students, Monash University makes no provision for the supply of access to this hardware and software, and it is the responsibility of students to organise it for themselves. In all cases, off-campus students with queries or doubts about their access to the required hardware and software should seek confirmation from the nominated unit coordinator before enrolling.




Journalism component

Students must complete:

(1.) 96 points of arts units including:

(a.) a journalism major (48 points)

(b.) a journalism studies specialisation (36 points) including:

  • ATS1901 News media and society
  • ATS1902 News media and social theory
  • ATS2784 News and power
  • ATS2785 Journalism and the law
  • ATS3802 Journalism practice and discourse
  • one other journalism studies unit

(c.) additional units from the Faculty of Arts to make up to a total of 96 points.

For the specific requirements of arts majors and minors and information on other arts units refer to the 'Areas of study' section in this Handbook at

Science component

Students must complete:

(2.) 96 points of science units including:

(a.) a major sequence in a science area of study (48 points)

(b.) a minor sequence in a different science area of study (24 points)

(c.) at least one mathematics or statistics unit from the following (6 points):

  • MTH1020 Analysis of change
  • MTH1030 Techniques for modelling
  • SCI1020 Introduction to statistical reasoning
  • STA1010 Statistical methods for science

(d.) the following core unit:

  • SCI2010 Scientific practice and communication (6 points)

(e.) science electives to complete a total of 96 points of science studies.


The Faculty of Science requires science studies to be chosen from the science units listed in the section 'Science areas of study and sequences' in this handbook available via

Within the science component students must complete a minimum of four level-three science units (24 points), and a maximum of six level-one science units (36 points) can be taken overall.

The level one mathematics/statistics unit taken will depend on the mathematics background and interests as follows:

  • The statistics units SCI1020 (Introduction to statistical reasoning) and STA1010 (Statistical methods for science) are normally recommended for students planning to study areas where experimental design and data analysis skills are particularly important, such as the life sciences.
  • SCI1020 is for students without a strong mathematics background, while STA1010 requires the student to have studied VCE Mathematical Methods Units 3 and 4 (or equivalent).
  • The mathematical methods unit MTH1030 is recommended for students with an interest in mathematics and/or physics. MTH1030 requires the student to have studied VCE Specialist Mathematics (or equivalent) or MTH1020.
  • Students with a strong mathematics background and a keen interest in the subject could replace the units MTH1030 and MTH2010 with their advanced versions MTH1035 and MTH2015 respectively. Enrolment in these units is with permission from the head of the School of Mathematical Sciences.

Alternative exit(s)

Students may be eligible to exit the double degree program and graduate with either a Bachelor of Journalism or a Bachelor of Science after three years, depending on the units studied.

Students who wish to graduate with a Bachelor of Science prior to the completion of the double degree course must have completed at least 144 points of studies, including all of the science requirements for the double degree course.


Bachelor of Journalism
Bachelor of Science