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Master of Strategic Communication

MStratCom
03 October 2023

UC's Master of Strategic Communication (MStratCom) prepares you for a career in complex, professional media for corporations, public relations, and advocacy. Learn more about studying an MStratCom through our Te Kaupeka Toi Tangata | Faculty of Arts.

DURATION

Master of Strategic Communication

Degree Structure - Duration
1 year full-time

START

Master of Strategic Communication

Degree Structure - Start In
Semester 1 (February)

POINTS

180

TUITION FEES

2024 tuition fees estimate per 180 points:

  • Domestic — $11,998
  • International — $46,350

Overview


Master of Strategic Communication

Introduction

The Master of Strategic Communication (MStratCom) prepares you for a career in complex, professional media for corporations, public relations, and advocacy. You will learn how to generate communications using creative understanding of the audience and corporate goals, media ethics, and using a range of research and data analytics.

This taught Master’s is well-suited for students wanting to develop skills in public media relations and organisational communication, including those who have no previous experience in these areas, or are wanting to change their career focus.


Strategic communication students presenting

Master of Strategic Communication

Why Study - Body

Why study a Master of Strategic Communication at UC?

  • UC’s Te Tari Mātai Pāpāho | Department of Media and Communication maintains close relationships with professional media outlets and frequently hosts guest speakers from the industry, including internationally renowned professors from other universities. Recent examples include lecturers from Cardiff University and the Danish School of Media and Journalism.
  • UC’s Journalism graduates can be found in leading newsrooms throughout the country, and many have received national awards in news reporting and editorial writing.
  • You will have the opportunity to complete an industry internship to credit towards your Master’s, with UC’s extensive contacts with key local corporations.

Master of Strategic Communication

Entry Requirements - Body

Entry requirements

You should have achieved at least a B Grade Point Average in 300-level courses in your undergraduate degree, or have relevant professional work experience.

If English is your additional language, you are also required to meet UC's English language requirements.

For the full entry requirements, see the Regulations for the Master of Strategic Communication or use the admission requirements checker.

How to apply

You can apply online at myUC.

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

Master of Strategic Communication

Subjects and Courses - Body

Subjects and courses

The MStratCom requires 180 points of coursework, with two compulsory courses, a dissertation, and two elective courses:

Elective courses – choose two:

Please contact the Internship Coordinator, PACE (paceinternships@canterbury.ac.nz) as soon as possible if you are interested in PACE495.

Dissertation

Master of Strategic Communication

Further Study - Body

Further study

You can go on to study a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Media and Communication, or Journalism.

Master of Strategic Communication

Career - Body

Career opportunities

Graduate students of the MStratCom will have advanced skills in communications writing and editorial knowledge for different kinds of media. They will be prepared to lead professional and business communications that go out to clients, and large audiences or communities.

Strategic Communication graduates will find their skills highly valued within organisations involved in public policy and advocacy, government agencies, public relations, and also internal communications within companies.

You may also find work in a variety of fields such as news media, publishing, communications advisories, non-profit organisations, social media, and strategic marketing.

Useful information:

2024 tuition fees estimate (per 180 points):

  • Domestic — $11,998
  • International — $46,350

2023 tuition fees estimate (per 180 points):

  • Domestic — $11,671
  • International — $43,500

SSL estimate (per 180 points):

  • 2024 — $1375.50 (capped at 150 points per academic year)
  • 2023 — $1240.50 (capped at 150 points per academic year)

Master of Strategic Communication

Degree Structure - Body

How do I plan my degree?

The MStratCom includes 180 points of coursework, including one 60-point dissertation.

This can be completed in 1 year (starting in February) full-time study, or up to 3 years part-time.

For full requirements, see the Regulations for the Master of Strategic Communication.

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