Qualification Level



3 years full time or equivalent part time

Start Date

Mar, Jul, Nov



Become a public relations practitioner

Influence and manage the public perception of an organisation with a public relations degree from Swinburne. Combining core communication and marketing principles, this degree gives you the skills to help companies build lasting relationships with the people most important to their success. You will learn how to effectively communicate with your target audience through the production of engaging content, targeted messaging and strategic campaigns.  

Along with your writing skills, you will develop an understanding of new media and digital marketing. You’ll also learn how to manage stakeholders and find out how to best protect an organisation’s reputation in times of crisis. And once you graduate, you’ll be equipped to work in a range of public and private sector industries, from corporate communications to publicity. 

Career opportunities

Media Relations Coordinator

Develop and manage important brand relationships with the public and the media.

Community Manager

Build, grow and manage a brand’s community through social media and other online channels.

PR and Events Manager

Build a company’s presence through a range of messaging and events.

Public Relations Manager

Plan and implement public relations strategies to build a favourable public image.

Learning at Swinburne Online

Led by industry leaders

The Swinburne Online Bachelor of Communications (Public Relations) is an accredited qualification from a university ranked among the top 3% in the world. Taught by industry professionals, this course has been designed to give you the skills employers are looking for. You will graduate with the same degree as on-campus students, which will open doors to opportunities both here and overseas. 

A community of communicators

At Swinburne Online, you will form part of an online community of natural communicators. Like you, each person will bring a unique perspective to discussions. You will work on a range of activities that simulate real-life scenarios, and form valuable networks with those already working in public relations.

A unique learning experience

You shouldn’t have to put your life on hold to study, so we have created a degree that can fit around it. You’ll learn in an interactive environment with other students from your discipline. Here you will manage campaigns, learn from industry examples and develop a skill set you can take straight into the workplace.

What you will learn

  • Professional Communication

    Build your skills and confidence as a professional communicator.

  • Intercultural Communication

    Learn how to effectively communicate within a multicultural society. 

  • Campaign Planning

    Learn how to plan and manage PR campaigns and evaluate their success. 

  • Writing

    Develop industry-specific writing skills that will allow you to effectively engage and influence your audience. 

  • Digital Communities

    Understand communication theories in relation to social media, online communities and blogging. 

Support and assistance

Everyone has questions from time to time. That’s why we have a dedicated team of tutors and support staff on-call to help you, seven days a week. So whether you need help with writing a communications strategy or have a technical issue, there’s always someone you can talk to.

Course units

Entry criteria

Non-Year 12 entry

Completion or partial completion of an approved tertiary qualification (including diplomas, advanced diplomas, associate degrees and degrees). Additional performance criteria and prerequisite requirements may also apply.

Students admitted to the course with prior tertiary studies that satisfy part of the academic requirements of this course may be eligible for academic credit.

Applicants without a formal qualification but with significant and relevant work experience and appropriate English language skills, or a suitable Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) result, will be considered if they can demonstrate that they can undertake the course with a reasonable prospect of success. Read our Applying and Enrolling FAQs.

The University may determine selection criteria and restrictions in respect of courses to apply in addition to these entry requirements.

Year 12 entry

Successful completion of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or its equivalent, such as an interstate or international Year 12 qualification.

VCE Pre-requisites

  • Applicants must meet the associated minimum ATAR score
  • Units 3 and 4 – a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL

The full Course Information Set and Whole of Institution Set are available for reference.

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