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Bachelor of Communication

Key facts

  • Available at Auckland
  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available at Wellington
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Note: Not all majors are available on each campus
  • Equivalent to 3 years of full-time study
  • Availability for international students varies. Refer to the major / endorsement web pages for details.

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Entry requirements

To enrol in the Bachelor of Communication programme you need to have an entrance to university qualification, either through NCEA, New Zealand University Entrance, admission with equivalent status, bursaries and scholarship examinations, discretionary entrance or special admission.

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.

Bachelor of Communication structure

The Bachelor of Communication degree is made up of:

  • eight core courses (120 credits)
  • a major (120 credits)
  • a minor (60 credits)
  • elective courses (60 credits)

Note: At least 75 credits must be taken at 300-level.


The following is a list of the core courses (first year):
115.116 Introduction to Marketing
139.133 Creative Communication
154.101 Introduction to Media Studies
172.131 Language and Communication
219.100 Introduction to Business Communication
219.101 Media Skills
219.108 Introduction to Journalism
230.111 Tū Kupu: Writing and Inquiry


The major is comprised of 120 credits (up to 60 credits of 200-level courses and at least 60 credits at 300-level). The major courses must be selected from those listed under any one of the major schedules listed below. The College of Humanities and Social Sciences also offers a major which is a composite (Expressive Arts/Media Studies) giving a total of eight major options.


The minor is comprised of 60 credits. If you choose a major from the Massey Business School, you would then choose your minor from the list of majors the College of Humanities and Social Sciences offers. If you choose a major from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, you would then choose your minor from the Massey Business School.

Minor in International Languages

A minor in one of the International Languages (Chinese, French, Japanese or Spanish) will prepare graduates for interaction and communication careers in international contexts where the linguistic skills and cultural literacy of an international language are essential.

Please consult with a Student Adviser for advice and enrolment assistance if interested.


Four elective courses of 60 credits can be chosen from other undergraduate degree programmes from within the University.

These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates

Majors or endorsements

The majors available for this programme are listed below. One composite major is also available - at least 45 credits must be taken from each of the two majors: Expressive Arts/Media Studies. Please talk to a Course Advisor if you are interested in the composite Expressive Arts/Media Studies major or minor.

Although you are asked to nominate your BC major and minor, please be aware that you can change these once you are enrolled.

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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Financial assistance

You might be eligible to apply for a scholarship or award. You can use our scholarship search to see what is available. You may also be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.

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