Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism
Doctor of Philosophy

Journalism graduate in front of camera


See also Media and Communication.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism is an intensive one-year programme aimed at preparing graduates for a career in print, broadcast and online journalism and other communication industries. You will receive intensive training in media ethics and law, newsgathering and writing, research and analysis, and multimedia reporting. It's hard work and requires total commitment – at least 30 hours a week – but you will be well prepared for the real world of journalism.

Graduates are highly competent and multi-skilled professionals who will think critically about their work, and who care about standards and ethical issues. Many guest lecturers are professional journalists and contribute to the stimulating environment essential for students to build reflective journalism practice.

Intensive practical training

Journalism study at UC gives you intensive practical training within an intellectually stimulating framework to foster analysis of the news media and the deeper issues affecting journalists. Students will report for local newsrooms and contribute to a range of news media throughout the year, including broadcasting live to air on the local radio station RDU. Mid-year, you will be placed in newsrooms around the South Island and, later in the year, you will be placed in newsrooms around the country for a capstone internship.

Students must have completed a bachelor’s degree, and the programme welcomes graduates from all disciplines.

Students are required to complete an application form and attend a formal interview before selections are made. Selection takes into account a number of factors, notably evidence that the applicant has a realistic understanding of the workplace and possible career paths, and a sense of vocation about journalism.

More information on the application process and an application form are available from the Journalism programme website.


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Career opportunities

Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism graduates start their careers in newspaper, radio, TV and online newsrooms as well as in media roles such as social media managers, online producers and communications advisors.

Find out more about what you can do with a degree from UC.

More information

Journalism programme

Phone +64 3 369 3377

See the Programme website for up-to-date location details.

Postal address
College of Arts | Te Rāngai Toi Tangata
University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand

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