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Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism

Key facts

  • Available at Wellington
  • Selected entry programme. Applications close close 24 January 2020 for new students.
  • One year of full-time study
  • Available for international students studying in NZ

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Entry requirements

  1. Admission to the Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism (120 credits) is open to candidates who have:
    • completed a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, with at least a B grade average in the 300-level majoring courses or equivalent; and
    • been selected into the programme on the basis of a written application and interview.
  1. Candidates whose first language is not English, and who have not gained a New Zealand university entrance qualification, or an overseas entrance qualification in a country where the main language is English, will be required to provide satisfactory evidence of their proficiency in English in the form of an academic IELTS with a minimum score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0,, or an equivalent TOEFL score, or other such evidence that is acceptable to Academic Board.

This is a selected entry programme - Applications close 24 January for new students.

What documents do you need to supply to support your application?

  • a copy of your academic transcript(s)
  • a copy of your current curriculum vitae, including academic and work history
  • contact details of two referees
  • a short cover letter explaining why you wish to undertake the programme 

Your written application should be uploaded where possible or sent to:
Academic Support
Massey University
Private Bag 11-222
Palmerston North

Shortlisted applicants will be subject to interview by the programme coordinator (this is usually by Skype).

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.

Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism structure

All five compulsory courses shown below are corequisites for each other and must be undertaken simultaneously as full-time, double-semester courses.

This qualification may be awarded with Distinction or Merit if study is completed to a superior/high standard

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


All courses are 30 credits each unless otherwise indicated.

219.711 Shorthand - 0 credits
219.712 Print News Journalism
219.713 Multi-media Journalism
219.714 Media Law, Ethics and Workplace Practice
219.715 Research Methods in Journalism

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.

Already know which courses you're going to choose?

If you already know which courses you are going to take, you can use our Fees calculator to get an estimate of your fees.

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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