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Bachelor of Development Studies/Bachelor of Communication

The University of Newcastle

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Combining the Bachelor of Development Studies with the Bachelor of Communication will allow you to focus on real-world issues such as globalisation, environmental change, sustainable development and social justice, and develop cutting-edge skills to communicate these issues in thought-provoking and engaging ways across diverse media industries.

The Bachelor of Development Studies provides you with the opportunity to study the causes and consequences of uneven development and assess policy options for a more equitable and sustainable future.

The Bachelor of Communication offers a range of course options where you will learn to push your individual creative boundaries and embrace the fluid transformations across today’s complex communication landscape.

This combined program is highly structured, comprising core courses and a number of major pathways.

For additional information about this degree, refer to 482550 Bachelor of Development Studies and 482350 Bachelor of Communication.

Areas of study

Communication, cultures and citizenship, environmental sustainability, globalisation and economic development, media production, news media, public relations, urban and regional development.

Career opportunities

Community development or advocacy; foreign or political correspondent; Indigenous, environment, urban, economics or social affairs reporter; communications and/or public relations manager of an NGO, or within the government or business sectors.

Professional recognition Students who complete this degree with the Public Relations major will graduate with a degree accredited with the Public Relations Institute of Australia.

Practical experience: Students have a number of opportunities to participate in embedded practical learning experiences, field trips, work placement or industry projects. Students are invited to take advantage of our business partnership networks with NBN Television, The Newcastle Herald, ABC 1233, the University radio station 2NURFM, and internships with Channel 7 and Foxtel.


Available as an additional year (or part time equivalent) to meritorious students.

Fees and charges

Refer to University of Newcastle current fee information.

Admission criteria

Applicants with recent secondary education

Assumed knowledge: Any 2 units of English.

Applicants with higher education study

If you have completed, or partially completed, higher education studies your grade point average can be converted to a selection rank to be used for admission purposes.

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

If you studied vocational education and training, the type of qualification, whether or not you completed it, and if it was graded or competency-based, will all be taken into consideration to assess your eligibility for admission.

Applicants with work and life experience

If you haven't completed any formal secondary, VET or higher education studies we offer a range of options to get you on the pathway to your dream degree.

Explore University of Newcastle entry options.

Advanced standing

If you have already successfully undertaken relevant study at another higher education institution or from the TAFE/VET sector, you may be granted credit on enrolment in a program. This is in addition to using that study to help determine your rank and eligibility to enter a program at the University of Newcastle.

Further information

View all details of this course on the UON website.

ATAR profile

ATAR-based offers only (semester 1, 2021)

Use all ATAR profile data as a guide only; it provides a broad overview of the ATARs and selection ranks of previous Year 12 students admitted into that course. ATARs and selection ranks required for entry in 2020 may be different. If you are unsure about including a course among your preferences, contact the relevant institution.

  1. This ATAR profile table is in line with Commonwealth Government transparency requirements. It is based on offers to recent school leavers (ie completed Year 12 in 2016 to 2018) who were selected solely or partly on their ATAR. Note that some institutions further differentiate this information on their websites by publishing:
    • separate data for 2018 Year 12 students and 2016/17 Year 12 students
    • data relating to an entire year's intake (eg all offers made in 2019 – semesters 1 and 2).
  2. The ATAR values exclude any adjustment factors.
  3. The selection ranks include the ATAR and any adjustment factors.


– = data is not available.
<5 = less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made.
N/A = no offers were made on the basis of ATAR.
NC = new course
NP = Not provided by institution
NR = No reportable profile
NS = No Semester 1 offers
NN = Unavailable (other)
NO = Entry on other criteria

Student profile

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Applicants should note that under the revised Australian Qualifications Framework some programs with honours are four-year programs available with direct entry. Other programs are three-year bachelor degree programs. Meritorious students have the option to apply for an additional one-year end-on honours component after graduation. Check the course descriptions carefully.