Digital world, socially constructed

Many Masters in Communications and Media Studies graduates find success in various communications and media-related roles across the corporate and not-for-profit worlds, research and international organisations.

WE live in a world that is currently experiencing a massive flux. From emerging and frontier technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) being deployed across industries to the rise of platformised governance, the digital revolution that is often now mapped to the fourth industrial revolution is a phenomenon to contend with.

How do we make ourselves job-ready in this changing environment? And how do we draw on our passion and interests, social backgrounds and cultural coordinates to make sense of these "tech"-tonic shifts?

The Masters in Communications and Media Studies (MCMS) at Monash University Malaysia is a carefully curated programme that allows students to bring their interests to the classroom and sharpens them to take on real-world challenges and living conditions.

Sharing space with peers from across Asia and beyond, students are provided with ample scope to bring their ideas to the class, engage in enriching discussions and become carriers of knowledge and expertise at the end of the programme.

It is unsurprising that many alumni find themselves in various communications and media-related roles across the corporate and not-for-profit worlds, research and international organisations.

Deepening academia-industry linkages

With its faculty working on research and engagement with different industry partners and social groups from all walks of life, Monash offers deep commitment to ensuring students acquire values and skills that make them relevant and thrive in the real world.

For instance, the memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the United Nations University in Macau enables the faculty to dabble in cutting-edge research on critical technologies with global organisations like UN bodies.

Students are exposed to these real-world case studies and examples, networking opportunities and practical exposition of what they learn in class. Further, Monash’s industry advisory board ensures that the programme is well-rounded and that students are equipped to take on key roles in the industry.

Making knowledge matter

Enrolling in the MCMS degree helps students develop an in-depth, nuanced understanding of the changing global contexts of media and communication practices. It guides them through key issues affecting global communications and industries today.

The programme trains students in research methods and theories, besides exploring the challenges that digital technologies, geopolitics and cross-cultural interactions pose in the Asian region.

Students are provided with the option of completing an internship programme and extending this to a semester-long industry immersion in their final semester. For the more academically oriented, our internationally qualified faculty ensure that students undertake a dissertation project – setting them up for a career in academia and research.

The MCMS is crafted to cater to the needs of working professionals, especially those in the media and communications industries. A key strength of the programme is the flexibility and support it provides to working students.

Running in both full-time and part-time options, the course allows you to pick up a postgraduate qualification without compromising on career progression or work experience. In dialogue with your accomplished peers and lecturers, you will be encouraged to actively reflect and draw on your own work experiences to inform classroom discussions and strengthen your professional network.

In today's world, the skilful management and understanding of communications processes have tremendous practical application, both in the workplace and beyond. To this end, the MCMS programme uniquely blends an internationally recognised curriculum, collaborative learning from leading experts, independent research, and cutting-edge insight to help students advance professionally and personally.

Dr Preeti Raghunath is the coordinator for Master of Communications and Media Studies (MCMS) at the Monash University Malaysia School of Arts and Social Sciences. She provides insights into the programme and how to strategically manoeuvre a rapidly transforming world.

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