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The Degree of Master of Communication
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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.
1. Admission to the Degree of Master of Communication requires that the candidate will:
(a) meet the University admission requirements as specified; and
(b) have been awarded or qualified for a university Bachelor's degree or an equivalent qualification in a field relevant to the study of communication and have achieved a B grade average over the 300-level majoring courses; or
(c) 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.
2. In addition, candidates will be required to 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.
3. Candidates for the Degree of Master of Communication shall follow a parts-based programme of study, which shall consist of courses totalling at least 180 credits, comprising:
(a) Part One and Part Two as specified by the Schedule to the Qualification;
(b) at least 60 credits at 800 level;
(c) the core courses listed in Schedule A to the Qualification;
(d) a maxima of 30 credits from Schedule C to the Qualification;
(e) attending field trips, Contact Workshops, studios, workshops, tutorials, and laboratories as required.
4. Notwithstanding Regulation 3, candidates admitted under Regulation 1(c) may apply for credit towards Part One of the qualification in accordance with the limits specified in the Recognition of Prior Learning regulations.
5. The Degree of Master of Communication is awarded without specialisation.
6. For progression to Part Two, candidates must have achieved a B grade average over Part One (120 credits) of the qualification. Students not meeting this criterion but who have completed 120 credits in accordance with the Part One regulations may be eligible to exit with a Postgraduate Diploma in Communication.
7. In cases of sufficient merit, the Degree of Master of Communication may be awarded with Distinction or Merit.
8. The timeframes for completion as outlined in the General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas, and Postgraduate Certificates will apply.
9. 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 Diploma in Communication should they meet the relevant Qualification requirements.
Unsatisfactory Academic Progress
10. The general Unsatisfactory Academic Progress regulations will apply.
Schedule for the Master of Communication
Part One (120 credits from)
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
156.758 Marketing for Social Change 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
Part Two (Between 60 and 120 credits from)
139.850 Thesis 120 credits
139.851 Thesis 120 Credit Part 1 60 credits
139.855 Master of Communication Research Project 60 credits
154.850 Thesis 120 credits
154.851 Thesis 120 Credit Part 1 60 credits
154.855 Master of Communication Research Project 60 credits
156.850 Thesis 120 credits
156.851 Thesis 120 Credit Part 1 60 credits
156.855 Master of Communication Research Project 60 credits
172.850 Thesis 120 credits
P Appraisal Required
172.851 Thesis 120 Credit Part 1 60 credits
P Appraisal Required
172.855 Master of Communication Research Project 60 credits
219.850 Thesis 120 credits
219.851 Thesis 120 Credit Part 1 60 credits
219.855 Master of Communication Research Project 60 credits
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Last updated on Thursday 13 January 2022