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 papers 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.

Start date: 2018

Start date: 2019

This programme brochure will be available soon.

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 papers.

May be required to attend a selection interview.

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

In the first part of your study you choose papers to suit your individual interests, including a core research methods paper and at least one paper 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.

Choose one Research Methodology paper

Select 75 points from the following papers

Media Context

Communications & Public Relations

Creative Industries

Digital Media

Journalism

Radio

Screen Production

Additional Papers

Or any other postgraduate paper approved by the programme leader.

Thesis

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.

Quick facts
Programme code:
AK1323
Level:
9
Points:
180
Duration:
1.5 years full-time / part-time available
Campus:
City Campus
Starts:

16 Jul 2018

25 Feb 2019

15 Jul 2019

  • The tuition fee for a year of full-time study varies depending on your course of study and the combination of papers you study within your qualification. Estimates given are based on paper selection of previous student enrolments within each qualification. Your exact fees will be calculated at the time of invoicing.
  • The tuition fee for a year of full-time study varies depending on your course of study and the combination of papers you study within your qualification. Estimates given are based on paper selection of previous student enrolments within each qualification. Your exact fees will be calculated at the time of invoicing.

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