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Journalism study options

03 November 2023

You can study journalism through an undergraduate degree at UC with a core component of Journalism courses, or do a Graduate Diploma in Journalism. Check out Journalism study options at UC.

Bachelor of Communication

This three-year degree qualification is a response to increased demand for communication graduates on the job market. It is intended to prepare graduates for work as journalists, public relations practitioners and communication advisors.

The degree requires no background in any specific subject at school and is open to all students with entry to university. Please visit the Bachelor of Communication page for more information and visit our How to Apply page for details on the application process.  


Graduate Diploma in Journalism

Is a 120 point, one-year full-time programme aimed at preparing graduates for a career in print, broadcast and online journalism. Students receive intensive training in media ethics and law, digital newsgathering and writing, research and analysis, and multimedia reporting, including basic storytelling methods in photography, audio and video, and for online media. The course is designed to combine analytical skills with practical experience to produce thinking journalists who are highly competent and multi-skilled professionals.

The Graduate Diploma in Journalism is made up of six courses. Together, they are designed to produce graduates who are:

  • High-quality critical thinkers
  • Expert researchers across a range of sources
  • Strong writers and editors who can meet deadlines with speed and accuracy
  • Skilled in multi-media reporting
  • Able to work ethically and to a professional standard.


Course advice

You may like to check both the general and specific regulations:

Regulations for the Graduate Diploma in Journalism

Each year, most, if not all, of our graduates win jobs, many of them before the programme has even finished – debunking the myth that reporting jobs are hard to find. Recent graduates walked into jobs at Newshub,, Radio NZ, RadioLIVE, NewstalkZB, NZME, The Press, TVNZ, and various regional and community papers, and landed social and online media roles with various government and corporate organisations.

The programme has a strong emphasis on practical work, and we maintain a close relationship with the profession through our many guest lecturers. Throughout the year, you will report for local newsrooms and contribute to a range of media, including radio station RDU 98.5 and our own digital news outlet, The Record. Mid-year, you will be sent on a newspaper internship and, later in the year, we will send you further afield for a capstone internship in a radio, online or print newsroom.

University of Canterbury journalism graduates regularly feature among the winners and finalists in New Zealand’s national media awards, the Voyager Media Awards and NZ Radio Awards. UC graduates have been nominated for and/or won best student journalist, best junior feature writer, best junior reporter, feature writer of the year, best podcast, best investigation, reporter of the year, editorial leader of the year and Wolfson Fellow.

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