Postgraduate Diploma in Communication Studies

From investigative journalism to screenwriting and digital media, this one-year intensive postgraduate programme equips you with skills in the communications field.

Select from a range of courses that best suit your interests or choose a specialised pathway in which you can develop and extend your creative and professional practice in a particular discipline.

Taught by staff who are internationally known as experts in their field, the Postgraduate Diploma in Communication Studies is combination of academic and creative options. It provides a relevant and flexible entry into postgraduate study.

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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

If you have successfully completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Communication Studies, you can choose to continue your studies with the Master of Communication Studies (subject to meeting the entry criteria).

Master of Communication Studies

Quick facts
Programme code:
1 year full-time / part-time available
City Campus
27 Feb 2023
17 Jul 2023
Journalism and Public Relations pathways: July intake only open for part-time students.
$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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