Radio Major - Bachelor of Communication Studies

Develop key skills for a career in radio, and run an FM and online radio station with other radio students.

Radio is fast-paced, dynamic and immediate. Radio works smoothly on multiple platforms, and is at the forefront of popular culture – delivering music, opinion and information to ever more savvy and demanding audiences. If you love music and popular culture, radio could offer a number of great career opportunities.

AUT radio students are sought after by major radio companies for part-time work during their studies and exciting careers after they graduate.


This is part of the Bachelor of Communication Studies.

Get to know the business of radio, and run an FM and online radio station with other students. You create the format, manage the playlists, sell advertising, write features and commercials, promote the station and its clients, and learn how to work as a team in a fast paced and creative media enterprise.

Most papers last one semester and are worth 15 points. Students must complete 120 points each year (360 points for the entire degree).

Static 88.1 FM (AUT student radio) website

Year 1

You also choose 30 points from the optional papers listed below or any other paper in the Bachelor of Communication Studies.

Year 2

You also choose 60 points from the optional papers listed below or any other paper in the Bachelor of Communication Studies. We recommend that students take prerequisite papers from another major.

If you want to take a minor, 30 points of these papers can be in your minor subject area.

Year 3

You also choose 45 points from the optional papers listed below or any other paper in the Bachelor of Communication Studies. If you want to take a minor, 30 points of these papers can be in your minor subject area.

Optional papers

Level 5 papers

Level 6 papers

Level 7 papers

More details about papers in this programme

Detailed programme structure and paper outlines (Blackboard)

Search for a paper (Arion)


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

  • Announcer
  • Copywriter
  • Account executive
  • Media planner
  • Music director
  • Music programmer
  • Producer
  • Production engineer
  • Programme director
  • Promotions manager
  • Radio journalist
  • Record company representative
  • Station manager
  • Studio engineer
  • Website content manager

Find out more about industry trends, job descriptions and what employers may be looking for.

Radio Careers

Key features
  • NZ’s only university degree in radio
  • Access to our state-of-the-art radio and audio studios
  • Real experience in our student radio station, Static 88.1 FM
  • Interact with representatives from Radio New Zealand, RadioWorks, NZME and The Radio Bureau
See yourself as
  • A creative thought starter
  • Capable of thinking on your feet
  • Interested in people, popular culture and current events
  • Keen to communicate through radio

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.