Master of Communication

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Entry requirements

Admission to the Master in Communication is open to students who meet the University admission requirements and have completed the following:

  • A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification in a field related to the study of communication and have achieved a B grade average across the 300-level courses; or
  • Have been awarded or qualified for a Bachelor of Communication with Honours or equivalent, or a Postgraduate Diploma in Communication or equivalent, having achieved a B grade average; and
  • 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.

Students who have been awarded or qualified for a Bachelor of Communication with Honours or a Postgraduate Diploma in Communication or equivalent and who have achieved a B grade average would be eligible for a 120-credit Master of Communication.

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.

Transition

All students commencing study towards the Master of Communication on or after 1 January 2016 must satisfy the requirements specified in these regulations.

All students who commenced study towards the Master of Communication prior to 2016, and who have passed at least 30 credits whilst enrolled in the Masterate, may complete under the Master of Communication regulations in the 2015 Massey University Calendar (or earlier regulations) until the end of the 2018 academic year.

Students who commenced study towards the Master of Communication in 2015 or earlier may choose to transfer to the 2016 regulations, but must satisfy all requirements specified in these regulations.

In all cases students must complete the qualification within the timeframes for completion as specified in the Completion Requirements.

These transition arrangements expire in 2018.

Master of Communication structure

Students shall complete a parts-based course of study, which shall consist of courses totalling at least 180 credits, including:

Part One (120 credits):

  • The core courses listed in schedule A
  • A minimum of 30 credits from Schedule B
  • A maximum of 30 credits from Schedule C

Part Two (60-120 credits):

60-credit research project at 800-level. Progression within the Master of Communication from Part One to Part Two will require students to have achieved a B grade average across the Part One courses.

Students who have been awarded or qualified for a Bachelor of Communication with Honours or a Postgraduate Diploma in Communication or equivalent and who have achieved a B grade average would be eligible for a 120-credit Master of Communication. They are required to complete 120 credits comprising either:

  • 60 credits from Part One and a 60 credit Research Project from Part Two; or
  • 120-credit thesis from Part Two (note: students must take both Part 1 (60 credits) and Part 2 (60 credits) of the same prefix numbered thesis

Part One:

Schedule A: Core Courses (60 credits)

154.721 The Communication Field
219.721 Transdisciplinary Communication Research Methods

Schedule B: Communication Courses (minimum 30 credits)

139.749 Writing Science
139.765 New Directions in Creative Writing
139.763 Community Theatre
139.764 Theatre for Innovation and Communication
139.765 New Directions in Creative Writing 
154.702 Advanced Film Studies
154.708 Modern Fiction, Popular Culture and the Media
154.709 Technology and Cultural Change
154.747 Media Practice and Global Culture
156.755 Advanced Electronic and Mobile Marketing
156.758 Advanced Social Marketing
172.712 Multimodal Discourse Analysis
172.713 Language and Communication in Late Modernity
219.702 Management Communication
219.703 Advanced Business Communication
219.704 Advanced Cross-Cultural Communication
219.705 Advanced News Media Processes
219.706 Advanced Public Relations
219.708 Political Communication
219.709 Advanced Journalism Issues
219.710 Persuasive Communication Practice

Schedule C: Elective courses (maximum 30 credits)

114.702 Human Resource Management and Workplace Relations
130.705 Emergency Management
150.701 Tino Rangatiratanga: Strategic Maori Development
200.761 International Relations: Theory and Practice
230.701 Evaluation: Theory and Principles
287.730 Quality Management

Part Two:

139.855 Master of Communication Research Project
154.855 Master of Communication Research Project
156.855 Master of Communication Research Project
172.855 Master of Communication Research Project
219.855 Master of Communication Research Project
139.851 Thesis 120-credit Part 1 (60 credits)
154.851 Thesis 120-credit Part 1 (60 credits)
156.851 Thesis 120-credit Part 1 (60 credits)
172.851 Thesis 120-credit Part 1 (60 credits)
219.851 Thesis 120-credit Part 1 (60 credits)
139.852 Thesis 120-credit Part 2 (60 credits)
154.852 Thesis 120-credit Part 2 (60 credits)
156.852 Thesis 120-credit Part 2 (60 credits)
172.852 Thesis 120-credit Part 2 (60 credits)
219.852 Thesis 120-credit Part 2 (60 credits)

The Master of Communication is awarded without specialisation.

These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates


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