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Create, critique and connect with your media world
With Massey’s Bachelor of Arts (Honours) (Media Studies), you can take your undergraduate study of media studies further.
Massey’s BA (Honours) (Media Studies) will prepare you for the future challenges of an information-rich society.
Media studies analyses the production, consumption and content of a range of media:
At Massey, media studies is taught through an innovative programme that blends theory with creative practice.
You’ll be introduced to research and analysis skills and will complete a research report in an area that interests you. You’ll develop versatile skills that will make you highly sought-after in many careers, as digital media literacy becomes increasingly important across all sectors.
Develop an advanced understanding of the varied conceptual tools needed for analysis and argumentation about:
You’ll learn how media industries, policy and technology influence the production, distribution and consumption of media.
Massey offers the latest educational technology through our new state-of-the-art facilities and online learning system.
Your lecturers are internationally published experts in their fields.
With a BA (Honours) (Media Studies) you can choose from a wide range of careers including:
All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.
To enter the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) (Media Studies) you will have been awarded or qualified for a:
You must have achieved at least a B grade average over the 200 and 300-level courses.
You will need to provide verified copies of all academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University.
If English is not your first language and your qualifying degree was not completed at a University where English is the medium of instruction, to enter this programme you must have achieved an IELTS of 7.0 with no band less than 6.5.
For information on prior learning, exemptions and transfer of credit or other questions:
If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, we have courses and programmes that may help.
From the Schedule to the Degree including:
Also attend field trips, studios, workshops, tutorials and laboratories as required.
|Between 30 and 60 credits|
|154797||Research Report (60)||60|
|154798||Research Report (30)||30|
|154701||Modern and Postmodern Visual Cultures||30|
|154702||Advanced Film Studies||30|
|154704||Researching Media and Cultural Studies||30|
|154707||The World of Noir||30|
|154708||Modern Fiction, Popular Culture and the Media||30|
|154709||Technology and Cultural Change||30|
|154747||Media Practice and Global Culture||30|
|219705||Advanced News Media Processes||30|
Completing a subject is compulsory. A Bachelor of Arts (Honours) (Media Studies) requires 120 credits.
If you study full-time, you’ll take 120 credits per year or 60 credits per semester.
Not all courses are available in each semester.
There are maximum time limits to complete some undergraduate and all postgraduate qualifications. If you do not complete within the maximum time, you may be required to re-apply for the programme if you wish to continue your studies.
For postgraduate qualifications where they are completed within the stated time limit and to a high standard, you may be able to graduate with a class of Honours, or Distinction or Merit.
Look for information on ‘Student Progression’ in the:
Your tuition fees may be different depending on the courses you choose. Your exact fees will show once you have chosen your courses.
There will also be some compulsory non-tuition fees and for some courses, there may also be charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.
If you already know which courses you are going to take, you can use our fees calculator to get an estimate of your fees.
You may be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.
The New Zealand Government offers fees-free tertiary study for eligible domestic students. Find out more about the scheme and your eligibility on the Fees Free website. To use the site's eligibility checking tool, you will need your National Student Number.
Current and returning Massey students will find their National Student Number on their student homepage.
Massey is ranked in the world’s top 150 universities for communication and media studies, by the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) ranking.
Massey University's communication programme is ranked #1 in New Zealand, and in the top 200 universities in the world, by ShanghaiRanking.
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Review this important information before you apply for this programme. This gives you full details of the rules and regulations about what you need to study and what you must achieve in order to graduate with this qualification. That includes structure, courses and requirements. These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the below.
If you are ready to apply, have a look at our application checklist. It will help you get prepared with what you need. Please also check the entry requirements carefully before you apply.
You will apply for the programme using the Apply now button on this page. You’ll also choose your specialisation (major, subject or endorsement) if applicable.
Some programmes have additional requirements such as the submission of a portfolio or CV. Click on Apply now and you will be able to submit those documents as part of the application process.
You will receive an Admission Offer of Place when you have been accepted into the programme. You need to accept this before you can enrol in your courses. International students also need to pay their fees at this point.
You’ll then get access to your own student homepage (also known as the student portal). This is where you can enrol in courses. Any updates on your application or enrolments will also be on your student homepage. Make sure you check this regularly.
When you choose courses, ensure you check for any requirements that apply including:
Each of our courses has its own webpage where you can find this information. You can use our course search to find course pages.
More information on courses is in the ‘Courses for this programme’ section on this page.
You can find information on application due dates and semester dates on the key dates page.
We look forward to welcoming you to Massey!
If you have any questions, contact us through the Enquire button on this page.
Each Massey programme is made up of courses (in some tertiary institutions they are called ‘papers’).
You will have some compulsory courses and some you can choose from.
Each course is worth a certain amount of credits (often 15 credits, but this does vary). You must gain a set number of credits to be able to graduate from this programme.
There may also be some rules about which courses you need to pass to progress to the next year, or stage, of your study (known as progression). There are also courses you must pass to graduate with a specialisation.
The first three digits of our course numbers show you which subject the course is about.
The second three digits show you the level and course ID number. For instance:
|Subject area||Level||Course ID number|
Use this tool to help determine how much time you will need each week to complete your studies.
For returning students, there may be changes to the majors and minors available and the courses you need to take. Go to the section called ‘Transitional Provisions’ in the Regulations to find out more.
In some cases the programme or specialisation you enrolled in may no longer be taking new enrolments, so may not appear on these web pages. To find information on the regulations for these programmes go to the Massey University Calendar.
Please contact us through the Enquire button on this page if you have any questions.
There are a number of scholarships available for new and current students. They could relate to your situation, achievement or interest.