University of Newcastle

Bachelor of Communication / Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

University of Newcastle

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00109J

This degree is offered as a combined program which means you combine your Bachelor of Laws with the Bachelor of Communication and get two qualifications in only five years of study. If you want to be a practising lawyer you can also complete the Diploma of Legal Practice and work in the legal system as soon as you graduate. Studying the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) at our Newcastle Law School is your passport to a career as a successful lawyer, or a range of other related legal professions. Our law courses are tailored to provide you with a study program that will prepare you for work in diverse employment contexts. Study a Bachelor of Communication degree to develop cutting-edge skills to produce ground-breaking, thought-provoking and engaging work in diverse media industries. This degree provides a solid foundation and in-depth understanding of both communication theory and practice. With a range of course options in communications students learn to push their individual creative boundaries, as well as embrace the fluid transformations across today's complex communication landscape. Choose from four major area/s of study and develop strong work-ready skills; writing, creating and producing creative content for television, film, print, radio and digital media. Communication studies at UON integrate intensive practical experience and industry opportunities, preparing students for a range careers that contribute to cultural enrichment and commercial success. This degree gives students the analytical skills and knowledge to work creatively in all forms of media including production, print, broadcast, film, the internet, public relations and policy development. Students will learn to push their individual boundaries and work as part of a team contributing to the dynamic cultural and creative industries both in Australia and around the globe. Students develop critical and analytical awareness of the cultural, economic and social significance of communication in a complex and rapidly changing global media environment. Graduates will be enabled to successfully navigate and leverage the changing information landscape. Depending on the chosen major/s, students study courses in various sectors of media production and theory including: cultural studies; magazine and broadcast journalism; media interviewing; media production; photomedia; professional writing; public relations practice; screenwriting. Our University of Newcastle Legal Centre provides hands-on experience with opportunities to work on real cases and gain essential courtroom experience. Even if you choose not to practise law, a strong legal understanding and the ability to apply logical reasoning means that law graduates are extremely competitive for employment opportunities in a range of different career sectors. This combined degree may meet the academic requirements to practice Law in NSW.


The first 3 years cover the requirements of the Bachelor of Communication. In the final 2 years students complete the requirements of the Bachelor of Laws (LLB) (Honours).


  • Law
  • Journalism
  • Media production
  • Media studies
  • Public relations

Standard entry requirements

  • Year 12 or equivalent
  • Selection is via academic merit only


Students completing this combined degree may meet the academic requirement to practice Law in New South Wales.

Study pathways

Honours in the Bachelor of Communication is available as an additional year to students who achieve a credit grade point average in their degree.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Newcastle City Precinct International: $176,061
  • ATAR: 92
  • Full-time : 5 years

Fee comments

Campuses: Newcastle City Precinct.

Fees are indicative and subject to variation. Overall program fee may vary based on course selection.

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