Postgraduate Diploma in Communication Studies

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The Postgraduate Diploma in Communication Studies is a taught postgraduate degree offering a combination of academic and creative options. This qualification provides a relevant and flexible entry into postgraduate study and prepares for a higher professional profile.


From investigative journalism to screenwriting and from digital media to public relations this qualification provides you with a one year intensive postgraduate qualification that covers the communications field. You can either choose a pathway without specialisation, in which you can select from a range of papers that best suit your interests, or a specialised pathway, in which you can develop and extend your creative and professional practice in a particular discipline area.

On completing the Postgraduate Diploma in Communication Studies, you can elect to continue your studies with the Master of Communication Studies (subject to meeting entry criteria).

Most papers last one semester and are worth 15 points. Students must complete 120 points in total. It is recommended that students who plan to proceed to the Master's degree after successfully completing the Postgraduate Diploma include a relevant Research Methods paper in their programme of study.


The following pathways are offered:

Quick facts

Programme Code: AK1299
Level: 8
Points: 120
Duration: 1 year full-time / Maximum 3 years part-time (except Journalism pathway which is 1 year full-time only)
Venue: City Campus
Start date:  26 February 2018                  
                    All pathways full-time and part-time

                    17 July 2017 and 16 July 2018
                    Digital Media Pathway and Standard Pathway - full-time and part-time
                    Public Relations Pathway and Journalism Pathway - Part-time Only


AUT encourages early application. There are limited places available. Late applications will be accepted if the programme is not full. Applicants will normally be selected on the basis of their level of academic achievement and may be required to attend a selection interview.

Entry requirements

In order to be admitted to the Postgraduate Diploma in Communication Studies an applicant must have completed:

(a) the Bachelor of Communication Studies or equivalent or
(b) a relevant professional qualification or professional experience approved by the dean (or representative) to be equivalent to a bachelor’s degree.

An application to the journalism specialisation may be required to submit a portfolio of work, a CV, a letter, attend an interview and complete a screening test.

Guidelines to entry

Additional entry or selection criteria

Please email for programme information and availability of papers.

Last updated: 13-Dec-2017 3.46pm

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.