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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 Graduate Diploma in Journalism

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 Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas, and Graduate Certificates.

Part II


1. Admission to the Graduate Diploma in Journalism requires that the candidate will:

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

(b) shall have been awarded or qualified for an undergraduate degree or an equivalent qualification; or

(c) have been admitted to the qualification on the basis of equivalent relevant professional experience.

Qualification Requirements

2. Candidates for the Graduate Diploma in Journalism shall follow a flexible programme of study, which shall consist of courses totalling at least 120 credits, comprising:

(a) courses selected from the Schedule to the Qualification;

(b) at least 120 credits above 100 level of which at least 75 credits must be at 300 level;

and including:

(c) any compulsory courses listed in the Schedule for the Qualification;

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

3. Notwithstanding Regulation 2, up to 30 credits at 200 level may be cross-credited from a completed Massey University qualification provided that the course is listed in the Schedule to the Graduate Diploma in Journalism.


4. The Graduate Diploma in Journalism is awarded without specialisation.

Completion Requirements

5. Any timeframes for completion as outlined in the General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates will apply.

6. 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 Certificate in Business Studies should they meet the relevant Qualification requirements.

Academic Progress

7. The general Unsatisfactory Academic Progress regulations will apply.

Transitional Provisions

8. Subject to any Maximum Time to Completion regulations and the Abandonment of Studies provisions specified in the Part I regulations for the degree, candidates enrolled in the Graduate Diploma in Journalism Studies prior to January 2020 will be permitted to substitute courses already completed towards the diploma for courses at the same level included in the schedule. Any such candidate will be granted a waiver of pre-requisite requirements for courses in the schedule.  Such candidates will be permitted to graduate under the title Graduate Diploma Journalism Studies should they choose to do so. These transition provisions expire 31 December 2023.

Schedule for the Graduate Diploma in Journalism

No more than 45 credits from

154204 Digital Media Production I 15 credits

219204 News Media and Society 15 credits
R 114264

219223 Specialist Reporting 15 credits

219231 News Reporting 15 credits

At least 75 credits from

139340 The Publishing Project 15 credits
P Any 200-level course with a 139 prefix or 219202

219311 Communication Internship 15 credits
P 2192xx or 1562xx and Appraisal Required

219325 Current Affairs Journalism 15 credits

219335 Media Law and Ethics 15 credits
R 219331

219336 Global, Investigative and Data Journalism 15 credits