Postgraduate Diploma in Communication

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Get to the heart of communication

An in-depth look at communication principles and practice to help progress your career.

What is it like?

Massey’s Postgraduate Diploma in Communication will deepen your understanding of communication practice. You will follow similar study and learning processes and take study courses that are also part of the Master of Communication, but without a research thesis component.

This qualification will be useful if you are in a communication role and wish to both broaden your skills or if you’d like to expand your understanding of different approaches to communication from business or humanities traditions.

International recognition

Massey’s communication programmes are only the seventh outside of the US to be recognised by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC). This prestigious accreditation recognises Massey's "good connections with industry, its commitment to constant improvement, its strong leadership, and large research output". Massey Business School is ranked in the top 2% of business schools globally.  

Massey University’s business and management studies ranks in the top 250 and communication and media studies in the top 200 in the world (by QS (Quacquarelli Symonds). We are also ranked in the top 150 universities worldwide for business administration programmes by the ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects.


Massey offers you access to world-leading expertise across a broad range of specialisations, including media, humanities, business, organisational studies, social sciences, health and social sciences.

A specialist communication university

We have the longest-running communication programme in New Zealand, the largest numbers of students in any university communication programme and the most options for communication-related study. Massey University’s graduates have a long-standing reputation for excellence in both theory and practice.

Why postgraduate study?

Postgraduate study is hard work but hugely rewarding, empowering you to produce your best creative, strategic and theoretical ideas. The workload replicates the high-pressure environment of senior workplace roles. Our experts are there to guide but you will find that postgraduate study demands more in-depth and independent study.

A good fit if you:

  • Want to move into a communication-related job or career from another field
  • Would like to deepen or formalise your understanding of communication theory and practice
  • Would like to complete a taught programme that does not have a research component


Whether you are currently in a communications role, in a position that has a communication dimension, or would like to work in communication at a senior level, the Postgraduate Diploma in Communication can help you take your career to the next level.

Stand out from the rest

A postgraduate diploma qualification helps you stand out in the employment market. But postgraduate qualifications are becoming more common - a Public Relations Institute of New Zealand study showed that over 40% of PR practitioners now have a postgraduate degree. Now is the time to undertake this qualification!

Sought after by employers

International trends are for employers to reward postgraduate study well,especially in larger enterprises. The skills you learn are increasingly recognised as setting you apart from other potential employees.

Earn more

A Ministry of Education report found that:

  • Earnings and employment rates increase with the level of qualification completed.
  • Five years after leaving study, most young domestic graduates will be earning above the national median earnings.

Good careers are associated with better health, better wellbeing and more satisfying lives.

World-leading lecturers and supervisors

Massey’s communication staff are internationally-renowned for their research and teaching and learning methods. You will be working with internationally-recognised communication specialists, for example:

Professor Frank Sligo

Professor Sligo’s main research areas are in adult literacy, information richness and poverty and the knowledge-behaviour gap. He has taught in the US and China and has written a number of books that have become standards of the communication discipline including Communication in the NZ workplace: Theory and practice (2005); Effective communication in business (2000) and Perspectives in business communication (1997).

Professor Sligo’s work has been widely published in journals such as Text & Talk, Chinese Media Research, Education & Training, Australian Journal of Communication, Visual Communication, Journal of Business & Technical Communication and Research & Practice in Adult Literacy.

He leads the Massey University Adult Literacy and Communication Research (ALCR) Group which has been funded by the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology, Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Health, the Health Research Council and the Tertiary Education Commission.

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