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Graduate Diploma in Journalism

09 October 2023

Study a Graduate Diploma in Journalism through Te Kaupeka Toi Tangata | Faculty of Arts at the University of Canterbury.


Graduate Diploma in Journalism

Degree Structure - Start In




Graduate Diploma in Journalism

Degree Structure - Duration
1 year full-time, 18 months part-time


Graduate Diploma in Journalism


The skills and knowledge required of a journalist are forever changing. In addition to core newswriting and newsgathering skills, journalists are increasingly required to have multimedia skills, the ability to use social media and other forms of audience interaction, and an ability to tailor media content for different platforms.

UC is a leading provider of journalism education in Aotearoa New Zealand. Studying the Graduate Diploma in Journalism (GradDipJour) will enable you to:

  • acquire advanced knowledge and skills in journalism practice and research
  • build on your problem solving and analytical skills developed at undergraduate level
  • develop a critical understanding of journalism practices and their context.

Graduates gain the knowledge, skills, and competencies needed to be highly effective journalists. They receive intensive training on media ethics and law, newsgathering and writing, research and analysis, and multimedia skills. UC graduates are work-ready and highly adaptable.

Graduate Diploma in Journalism

Entry requirements

Students with any bachelor’s degree, or with other qualifications of an equivalent standard, are able to apply to the Graduate Diploma in Journalism programme.

If English is your additional language, you are also required to provide evidence of IELTS (academic) 7.5, with no score less than 7.0.

For the full entry requirements, see the Regulations for the Graduate Diploma in Journalism or use the admission requirements checker.

How to apply

Entry to the programme requires a special application due October 31st, and includes an interview. For more information on the process and required forms, see how to apply.

See Admission and enrolment for all information on enrolling at UC.

Graduate Diploma in Journalism

How do I plan my diploma?

The GradDipJour is made up of 120 points of courses, which includes intensive training in multimedia practice for around 30 hours per week.

Starting in February, the programme normally requires 2 semesters (1 year) of full-time study.

For the full entry requirements, see the Regulations for the Graduate Diploma in Journalism.

2025 tuition fees estimate (per 120 points):

  • Domestic — to be confirmed
  • International — $32,800

2024 tuition fees estimate (per 120 points):

  • Domestic — $6,748
  • International — $31,600

SSL estimate (per 120 points):

  • 2025 — to be confirmed
  • 2024 — $1,100.40

Graduate Diploma in Journalism

Subjects and courses

The Graduate Diploma in Journalism is made up of the following compulsory courses:

Note: With approval and availability of placements, students with some previous media experience may choose to replace COMS232 or COMS233 with PACE295 Internship.

The intensive programme includes practical training in news research, writing, reporting, and technologies. You will be contributing to real news media throughout study – including broadcasting on the local radio station RDU-FM.

During term breaks, you will take part in work placements within newsrooms and other media outlets throughout Aotearoa New Zealand, and finish your studies with a final internship.

Graduate Diploma in Journalism

Career opportunities

With extensive experience in researching and producing news content for a variety of media channels, UC’s journalism graduates have gone on to a variety of roles within the local and global news industry, from newsrooms to radio, television to newspapers, and online platforms.

Our graduates are prepared for the increasing demand of global news coverage, and will make a difference in the standards and ways we engage with news journalism.

They may also find their creative, team working, and problem solving skills easily adaptable to other roles in communications, publishing, entertainment, research, and marketing organisations.

Useful information:


Postgraduate Prospectus 2024

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