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A unique qualification
No matter what industry you work in, this multi-disciplinary degree will give you in-depth understanding of communication principles and skills. It is a unique qualification in New Zealand.
Massey’s Master of Communication will deepen your understanding of communication practice.
This is a unique qualification in New Zealand. You do not have to have a background in communication to complete this degree.
Our students come from a wide range of disciplines including arts, social sciences, law, education, design or health services. You may have found yourself in a work role with a communication aspect and you want better insights into the principles and practice of communication.
The Master of Communication will help you to advance your career and to understand better how to manage your role’s communication aspects.
The research project in this masters enables you to focus on a real-world communication challenge and combine different communication research approaches to develop a novel solution. You can draw on research approaches from public relations, expressive arts, communication management, marketing, linguistics, media studies or journalism studies, or create a bespoke research approach that includes supervision from a related discipline such as Māori studies, international relations or evaluation studies. Your learning will focus on practical, relevant outcomes for your career.
Whether you are currently in a communication role, in a position that has a communication dimension, or would like to work in communications at a senior level, the Master of Communication can help you take your career to the next level. A master's qualification helps you stand out in the employment market.
International trends are for employers to reward postgraduate study well, especially in larger enterprises. The skills you learn are increasingly recognised as setting you apart from other potential employees.
A 2017 Ministry of Education publicationThe post-study earnings and destinations of young domestic graduates, found that in New Zealand:
All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.
To enter the Master of Communication you will:
You will need to provide verified copies of all academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University.
For information on prior learning, exemptions and transfer of credit or other questions:
If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, we have courses and programmes that may help.
If you need to do a course before you start your programme, there may be options for you in Summer School.
From the Schedule to the Degree including:
Communication courses from Schedule B
Elective courses from Schedule C
A 60 credit Research Project
A 120 credit Thesis
Advanced entry: Those who have already completed specified qualifications in advance of the minimum entry requirements may be able to complete this degree in 120 credits.
Attend field trips, studios, workshops, tutorials and laboratories as required.
There are regulations around completion of Part One before progressing to Part Two.
See ‘Courses for this programme’ below for schedules of courses.
|154721||The Communication Field||30|
|219721||Transdisciplinary Communication Research Methods||30|
|No more than 60 credits from|
|139764||Theatre for Innovation and Communication||30|
|139765||New Directions in Creative Writing||30|
|154702||Advanced Film Studies||30|
|154708||Modern Fiction, Popular Culture and the Media||30|
|154709||Technology and Cultural Change||30|
|154747||Media Practice and Global Culture||30|
|156758||Marketing for Social Change||30|
|172712||Multimodal Discourse Analysis||30|
|172713||Language and Communication in Late Modernity||30|
|219703||Perspectives in Business Communication||30|
|219704||International and Intercultural Communication||30|
|219705||Advanced News Media Processes||30|
|219706||Strategic Public Relations||30|
|219709||Advanced Journalism Issues||30|
|219710||Persuasive Communication Practice||30|
|No more than 30 credits from|
|114702||Human Resource Management and Workplace Relations||30|
|150701||Tino Rangatiratanga: Strategic Māori Development||30|
|200761||International Relations: Theory and Practice||30|
|230701||Evaluation: Theory and Principles||30|
|Between 60 and 120 credits|
|139851||Thesis 120 Credit Part 1||60|
|139852||Thesis 120 Credit Part 2||60|
|139855||Master of Communication Research Project||60|
|154851||Thesis 120 Credit Part 1||60|
|154852||Thesis 120 Credit Part 2||60|
|154855||Master of Communication Research Project||60|
|156851||Thesis 120 Credit Part 1||60|
|156852||Thesis 120 Credit Part 2||60|
|156855||Master of Communication Research Project||60|
|172851||Thesis 120 Credit Part 1||60|
|172852||Thesis 120 Credit Part 2||60|
|172855||Master of Communication Research Project||60|
|219851||Thesis 120 Credit Part 1||60|
|219852||Thesis 120 Credit Part 2||60|
|219855||Master of Communication Research Project||60|
If you study full-time, you’ll take 120 credits per year or 60 credits per semester.
There are maximum time limits to complete some undergraduate and all postgraduate qualifications. If you do not complete within the maximum time, you may be required to re-apply for the programme if you wish to continue your studies.
For postgraduate qualifications where they are completed within the stated time limit and to a high standard, you may be able to graduate with a class of Honours, or Distinction or Merit.
Look for information on ‘Student Progression’ in the:
Your tuition fees may be different depending on the courses you choose. Your exact fees will show once you have chosen your courses.
There will also be some compulsory non-tuition fees and for some courses, there may also be charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.
If you already know which courses you are going to take, you can use our fees calculator to get an estimate of your fees.
You may be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.
The New Zealand Government offers fees-free tertiary study for eligible domestic students. Find out more about the scheme and your eligibility on the Fees Free website. To use the site's eligibility checking tool, you will need your National Student Number.
Current and returning Massey students will find their National Student Number on their student homepage.
Massey’s Bachelor of Communication is the only degree outside the Americas and the Middle East to be recognised by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC).
Massey University is ranked by QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) as one of the top 300 universities for business and management.
Massey is ranked in the world’s top 150 universities for communication and media studies, by the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) ranking.
Massey University's communication programme is ranked #1 in New Zealand, and in the top 200 universities in the world, by ShanghaiRanking.
Massey University is ranked #1 in New Zealand and in the top 150 universities globally for business administration and finance by ShanghaiRanking.
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Review this important information before you apply for this programme. This gives you full details of the rules and regulations about what you need to study and what you must achieve in order to graduate with this qualification. That includes structure, courses and requirements. These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the below.
If you are ready to apply, have a look at our application checklist. It will help you get prepared with what you need. Please also check the entry requirements carefully before you apply.
You will apply for the programme using the Apply now button on this page. You’ll also choose your specialisation (major, subject or endorsement) if applicable.
Some programmes have additional requirements such as the submission of a portfolio or CV. Click on Apply now and you will be able to submit those documents as part of the application process.
You will receive an Admission Offer of Place when you have been accepted into the programme. You need to accept this before you can enrol in your courses. International students also need to pay their fees at this point.
You’ll then get access to your own student homepage (also known as the student portal). This is where you can enrol in courses. Any updates on your application or enrolments will also be on your student homepage. Make sure you check this regularly.
When you choose courses, ensure you check for any requirements that apply including:
Each of our courses has its own webpage where you can find this information. You can use our course search to find course pages.
More information on courses is in the ‘Courses for this programme’ section on this page.
You can find information on application due dates and semester dates on the key dates page.
We look forward to welcoming you to Massey!
If you have any questions, contact us through the Enquire button on this page.
Each Massey programme is made up of courses (in some tertiary institutions they are called ‘papers’).
You will have some compulsory courses and some you can choose from.
Each course is worth a certain amount of credits (often 15 credits, but this does vary). You must gain a set number of credits to be able to graduate from this programme.
There may also be some rules about which courses you need to pass to progress to the next year, or stage, of your study (known as progression). There are also courses you must pass to graduate with a specialisation.
The first three digits of our course numbers show you which subject the course is about.
The second three digits show you the level and course ID number. For instance:
|Subject area||Level||Course ID number|
Use this tool to help determine how much time you will need each week to complete your studies.
For returning students, there may be changes to the majors and minors available and the courses you need to take. Go to the section called ‘Transitional Provisions’ in the Regulations to find out more.
In some cases the programme or specialisation you enrolled in may be no longer be taking new enrolments, so may not appear on these web pages. To find information on the regulations for these programmes go to the Massey University Calendar.
Please contact us through the Enquire button on this page if you have any questions.
There are a number of scholarships available for new and current students. They could relate to your situation, achievement or interest.