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Key to the tables

P Prerequisite: Course(s) you must complete to a defined standard (or have waived) before your enrolment in another course is confirmed.

C Corequisite: Course(s) that must be completed in the same semester as another course, unless already passed or waived.

R Restriction: Similar courses, that cannot both be credited to the same qualification.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Communication

Qualification Regulations

Part I

These regulations are to be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas, and Postgraduate Certificates.

Part II


1. Admission to the Postgraduate Diploma in Communication requires that the candidate will:

(a) meet the University admission requirements as specified; and

(b) shall have been awarded or qualified for a university Bachelor's degree or an equivalent qualification in a field related to the study of communication and have achieved a B grade average over the 300-level courses; and

(c) have achieved an IELTS of 7 with no band less than 6.5 within the preceding five years, if English is not the applicant's first language and the qualifying degree was not completed at a University where English was the medium of instruction.

Qualification Requirements

2. Candidates for the Postgraduate Diploma in Communication shall follow a flexible programme of study, which shall consist of courses totalling at least 120 credits at 700 level, including:

(a) the core courses listed in Schedule A to the Qualification;

(b) a minima of 30 credits from Schedule B to the Qualification;

(c) a maxima of 30 credits from Schedule C to the Qualification;

(d) attending field trips, Contact Workshops, studios, workshops, tutorials and laboratories as required.


3. The Postgraduate Diploma in Communication is awarded without specialisation.

Completion Requirements

4. The timeframes for completion as outlined in the General Regulations Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas, and Postgraduate Certificates will apply.

5. Candidates may be graduated when they meet the Admission, Qualification and Academic requirements within the prescribed timeframes; candidates who do not meet the requirements for graduation may, subject to the approval of Academic Board, be awarded the Postgraduate Certificate in Arts or the Postgraduate Certificate in Business should they meet the relevant qualification requirements.

Unsatisfactory Academic Progress

6. The general Unsatisfactory Academic Progress regulations will apply.

Schedule for the Postgraduate Diploma in Communication

Schedule A: Core courses (60 credits from)

154.721 The Communication Field 30 credits  
219.721 Transdisciplinary Communication Research Methods 30 credits  

Schedule B: Communication courses (No more than 60 credits from)

139.749 Writing Science 30 credits  
139.763 Community Theatre 30 credits  
139.764 Theatre for Innovation and Communication 30 credits  
139.765 New Directions in Creative Writing 30 credits  
154.702 Advanced Film Studies 30 credits  
154.708 Modern Fiction, Popular Culture and the Media 30 credits  
154.709 Technology and Cultural Change 30 credits  
154.747 Media Practice and Global Culture 30 credits P 154.204 or 154.224 or 154.304
156.755 Advanced Social Media and Mobile Marketing 30 credits P 156.700 or Appraisal Required
156.758 Advanced Social Marketing 30 credits  
172.712 Multimodal Discourse Analysis 30 credits  
172.713 Language and Communication in Late Modernity 30 credits P A Bachelor of Communication or close equivalent, with at least 15 credits in Linguistics at 300 level
219.702 Management Communication 30 credits  
219.703 Perspectives in Business Communication 30 credits  
219.704 International and Intercultural Communication 30 credits  
219.705 Advanced News Media Processes 30 credits  
219.706 Strategic Public Relations 30 credits  
219.708 Political Communication 30 credits  
219.709 Advanced Journalism Issues 30 credits  
219.710 Persuasive Communication Practice 30 credits  

Schedule C: Elective courses (No more than 30 credits from)

114.702 Human Resource Management and Workplace Relations 30 credits  
130.705 Emergency Management 30 credits  
150.701 Tino Rangatiratanga: Strategic Māori Development 30 credits  
200.761 International Relations: Theory and Practice 30 credits  
230.701 Evaluation: Theory and Principles 30 credits  
287.730 Quality Management 30 credits R 143.719, 287.733

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