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Postgraduate Diploma in Communication

Key facts

  • Available via Distance Learning
  • 1 year of full-time study or up to 4 years part-time study
  • Not available for international students

Get to the heart of communication

An in-depth look at communication principles and practice to help progress your career.

What is it like?

Find out more about entry requirements, fees and courses in the planning section.

Massey’s Postgraduate Diploma in Communication will deepen your understanding of communication practice. You will follow similar study and learning processes and take study courses that are also part of the Master of Communication, but without a research thesis component.

This qualification will be useful if you are in a communication role and wish to both broaden your skills or if you’d like to expand your understanding of different approaches to communication from business or humanities traditions.

International recognition

Massey’s communication programmes are only the seventh outside of the US to be recognised by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC). This prestigious accreditation recognises Massey's "good connections with industry, its commitment to constant improvement, its strong leadership, and large research output".   

Massey University’s business and management studies ranks in the top 300 in the world (by QS (Quacquarelli Symonds). We are ranked No.1 in New Zealand and in the top 150 in the world for our business administration and communication programmes by ShanghaiRanking.


Massey offers you access to world-leading expertise across a broad range of specialisations, including media, humanities, business, organisational studies, social sciences, health and social sciences.

A specialist communication university

We have the longest-running communication programme in New Zealand, the largest numbers of students in any university communication programme and the most options for communication-related study. Massey University’s graduates have a long-standing reputation for excellence in both theory and practice.

Why postgraduate study?

Postgraduate study is hard work but hugely rewarding, empowering you to produce your best creative, strategic and theoretical ideas. The workload replicates the high-pressure environment of senior workplace roles. Our experts are there to guide but you will find that postgraduate study demands more in-depth and independent study.


A good fit if you:

  • Want to move into a communication-related job or career from another field
  • Would like to deepen or formalise your understanding of communication theory and practice
  • Would like to complete a taught programme that does not have a research component


Whether you are currently in a communication role, in a position that has a communication dimension, or would like to work in communication at a senior level, the Postgraduate Diploma in Communication can help you take your career to the next level.

A postgraduate diploma qualification helps you stand out in the employment market.

Sought after by employers

International trends are for employers to reward postgraduate study well, especially in larger enterprises. The skills you learn are increasingly recognised as setting you apart from other potential employees.

Earn more

A 2017 Ministry of Education publication The post-study earnings and destinations of young domestic graduates, found that in New Zealand earnings and employment rates increase with the level of qualification completed.

World-leading lecturers and supervisors

Massey’s communication staff are internationally renowned for their research and teaching and learning methods. You will be working with recognised communication specialists, for example:

Professor Frank Sligo

Professor Sligo’s main research areas are in adult literacy, information richness and poverty and the knowledge-behaviour gap. He has taught in the US and China and has written a number of books that have become standards of the communication discipline including Communication in the NZ workplace: Theory and practice (2005); Effective communication in business (2000) and Perspectives in business communication (1997).

Professor Sligo’s work has been widely published in journals such as Text & Talk, Chinese Media Research, Education & Training, Australian Journal of Communication, Visual Communication, Journal of Business & Technical Communication and Research & Practice in Adult Literacy.

He leads the Massey University Adult Literacy and Communication Research (ALCR) Group which has been funded by the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology, Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Health, the Health Research Council and the Tertiary Education Commission.

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