Postgraduate Certificate in Communication Studies

Interested in postgraduate study in communications? In as little as one semester you can explore a range of topics - from investigative journalism to screenwriting, and digital media to radio.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Communication Studies is a great option if you have a three-year bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline but lack the grade point average for admission to the Master of Communication Studies.

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Minimum entry requirements

  • Bachelor of Communication Studies or equivalent OR
  • Relevant professional qualification or experience approved by the Dean to be equivalent to a bachelor’s degree

A selection 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; or equivalent.

English language requirements

You need to complete 60 points from courses in the Master of Communication Studies.

Our expert staff will guide you in your choice of courses so that your study forms a coherent programme in your chosen field.

Choose 60 points from the following courses

Research Methodology

Communications & Public Relations

Creative Industries

Digital Media


Media Context


Screen Production

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

You can incorporate the four courses from the Postgraduate Certificate in Communication Studies into the Postgraduate Diploma in Communication Studies or the Master of Communication Studies.

If you choose to go on to further study, you have to surrender the postgraduate certificate.

Postgraduate Diploma in Communication Studies

Master of Communication Studies

Quick facts
Programme code:
0.5 years full-time / part-time available
City Campus
27 Feb 2023
17 Jul 2023
$5,138 (for 60 points)
($4,601 tuition fees + $537 student services levy)
$18,537 (for 60 points)
($18,000 tuition fees + $537 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.

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

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