Bachelor of Communication Studies (Honours)

Further your understanding of communications and the media with this one-year postgraduate research degree.

The Bachelor of Communication Studies (Honours) is mainly aimed at high-achieving students in the Bachelor of Communication Studies who want to advance their skills and make their CV stand out. It can also prepare you for further study at master’s or doctoral level.

The programme is a mix of creative, academic and research options, and students usually spend the entire second semester working on an individual research project.

Start date: 2019

Minimum entry requirements

Bachelor of Communication Studies (or equivalent) with a B grade average or higher in papers at level 7

Postgraduate Research Proposal (PGR1 form)

CV and/or interview may be required

International student entry requirements

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic) 7.0 overall with 7.0 in Writing, 6.5 in Reading, 6.5 in Listening and 7.0 in Speaking

English language requirements

Paper choice is flexible and includes a core research methods paper and at least one paper that contextualises developments in media and communication studies.

At the centre of the programme is the dissertation, developed in consultation with the programme leader and a supervisor who advises you about the design of your research.

Your dissertation can be in a traditional academic format or include a creative research component, for example a screenplay, in-depth journalism piece, digital media artefact, radio programme or public relations campaign. Dissertations with a creative component also need to include an analysis that places the creative work in its critical, theoretical, historical and personal context.

Research methods papers

Choose one of:

Dissertation

Choose one of:

Other papers

Choose three papers from:

And no more than two papers from:


Or any other postgraduate paper with the approval of the programme leader.

More details about papers in this programme

Detailed programme structure and paper outlines (Blackboard)

Search for a paper (Arion)

Email pgcommqueries@aut.ac.nz

Enrolment in papers is subject to meeting all requirements and availability of papers.

  • News reporting
  • Digital media
  • Journalism
  • Public relations
  • Radio
  • Screen-writing
Quick facts
Programme code:
AK1261
Level:
8
Points:
120
Duration:
1 year full-time / part-time available
Campus:
City Campus
Starts:

25 Feb 2019

15 Jul 2019

Fees:
Domestic
$8,540
  • This represents the approximate tuition fee based on a full-time workload of 120 points in 2019. The exact tuition fee will depend on papers selected and may exceed this figure.
  • Fees are subject to change year to year, if you are planning for beyond 2019, the tuition fee may vary from the figure stated.
  • There may also be other fees and charges you need to pay. Learn more about fees to study at AUT
International
$32,100
  • This represents the approximate tuition fee based on a full-time workload of 120 points in 2019. The exact fees will depend on papers selected and may vary from the figure stated.
  • Fees are subject to change year to year, if you are planning for beyond 2019 the fee may vary from the figure stated.
  • There may also be other fees and charges you need to pay. Learn more about fees to study at AUT
  • International students' tuition fees reflect the full cost of tuition. Domestic students' tuition fees are less due to a proportion of the tuition fees being funded by the New Zealand Government.

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