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.
There are a number of Journalism scholarships on offer at UC, including awards that fund travel overseas to research news media.
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.
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.
Students with English as an additional language 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 the Journalism Department website.
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The GradDipJour is made up of 120 points of courses, which includes intensive training in multimedia practice for around 30 hours per week.
From 2021, starting in February, the programme normally requires 2 semesters (1 year) of full-time study. Students who start in July will complete the programme over 3 semesters (18 months), studying part-time.
The Graduate Diploma in Journalism is made up of the following compulsory courses:
- COMS 232 Risk and Crisis Communication
- COMS 233 Media Law for Journalists
- COMS 330 Communication in Context
- COMS 331 Researching and Reporting News
- COMS 332 News Production
The intensive programme includes practical training in news research, writing, reporting, and technologies. Students will be contributing to real news media throughout study – including broadcasting on the local radio station RDU-FM.
During term breaks, students will take part in work placements within newsrooms and other media outlets throughout Aotearoa New Zealand, and finish their studies with a final internship.
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.
- Take a look at some of the successful careers of our journalism graduates.
- Read what other UC postgraduate students have gone on to achieve in their studies and careers in our student and graduate profiles.
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For the full entry requirements see the Regulations for the Graduate Diploma in Journalism.
For study planning help contact the Journalism programme or the College of Arts:
College of Arts | Te Rāngai Toi Tangata
University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha
Private Bag 4800