Postgraduate Diploma in Communication

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Entry requirements

Admission to the Postgraduate Diploma 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; 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.

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.

Postgraduate Diploma in Communication structure

Students shall complete a flexible course of study, which shall consist of 700-level courses to the value of 120 credits including:

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

The Postgraduate Diploma in 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 Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas and Postgraduate Certificates


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
139.763 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 Māori Development
200.761 International Relations: Theory and Practice
230.701 Evaluation: Theory and Principles
287.730 Quality Management

How much will it cost?

We can't tell you the exact cost until you have chosen your courses, as the tuition fees you pay each year vary depending on the courses you choose. There will also be compulsory non-tuition fees you have to pay in addition to your tuition fees. For some courses there may be other charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

To get an approximate idea of tuition costs for typical study areas, you can use our quick guide to programme fees.

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