Master of Communication Studies

The Master of Communication Studies is your opportunity to research an area of your interest in the field of communication studies – from journalism to public relations, and radio to critical discourse analysis or film studies.

In your first year, you complete courses that are a mix of creative and academic work, and cover current developments in media and communication studies.

The research thesis is at the core of the programme. You'll work with our experienced supervisors to design and develop your thesis. Many of our students produce a creative component as part of their thesis, for example a screenplay, an in-depth journalism piece, digital media artefact, radio programme or public relations campaign.

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Minimum entry requirements

Must have completed the Bachelor of Communication Studies or an equivalent qualification with a B grade average or higher in Level 7 courses.

May be required to attend a selection interview.

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; or equivalent

English language requirements

In the first part of your study you choose courses to suit your individual interests, including a core research methods course and at least one course on current developments in media and communication studies.

In the second part of your study, you focus on your thesis. The thesis can be produced in a traditional academic form or may include a creative component as part of your research inquiry. A thesis that includes a creative component also needs to include a written exegesis that analyses and critically reflects on the creative work in its critical, theoretical, historical and personal context.

Complete the following course

Select 75 points from the following courses

Media Context

Communications & Public Relations

Digital Media


Screen Production

Additional Courses

Or any other postgraduate course approved by the programme leader.


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

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Quick facts
Programme code:
1.5 years full-time / part-time available
City Campus
27 Feb 2023
17 Jul 2023
$10,277 (for 120 points)
($9,203 tuition fees + $1074 student services levy)
$37,274 (for 120 points)
($36,200 tuition fees + $1074 student services levy)
  • Fees shown are based on a full-time workload for the points indicated next to the fee. The exact fee charged will depend on which courses you select at the time of enrolment.
  • Fees are subject to change year to year. If you are planning for study beyond the current year, fees may vary from those stated.
  • There may also be other fees and charges you need to pay.
  • 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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