Bachelor of Communication Studies (Honours) - degree outline

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The Bachelor of Communication Studies (Honours) is a postgraduate research degree suited to high-achieving students to extend the skills and knowledge obtained through their undergraduate degree. The honours programme offers a blend of creative, academic and research options, and students undertake a 1 semester individual research project.

Quick facts

Programme Code: AK1261
Level: 8
Points: 120
Duration: 1 year full-time / 2 years part-time
Venue: City Campus
Start date: 17 July 2017, 26 Feb and 16 July 2018

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.

Career opportunities

Entry requirements

In order to be admitted to the Bachelor of Communication Studies (Honours) an applicant must have completed a Bachelor of Communication Studies with a B grade average or higher in papers at level 7, or equivalent.

A Postgraduate Research Proposal (PGR1 form)

Additional entry & selection criteria

Guidelines to entry


Paper choice is flexible but includes a core research methods paper and at least one paper that contextualises developments in media and communication studies. Further choices include other contextually oriented papers and a range of creatively focused papers.

You will complete a dissertation, in consultation with the programme leader and a supervisory team. The dissertation can be produced either in a traditional academic format or in parts as a creative research component (such as a screenplay, an in-depth journalism piece, digital media artifact, radio programme, or public relations campaign).

Dissertations that include a creative component will also include an analysis that places the creative work in its critical, theoretical, historical and personal context.

Most papers last one semester and are worth 15 points. Students must complete 120 points in total.

RESEARCH METHODS PAPERS: Select 15 points from
COMM802 Practice-Based Research Methods (15 points)
COMM807 Media Communication Research Methods (15 points)

Select either
COMM895 Dissertation (A) (30 points)

COMM897 Dissertation (B) (60 points)

SELECT 45 points from:

COMM801 Popular Media and Contemporary Society (15 points)
COMM803 A Political Economy Approach to Media (15 points)
COMM804 Celebrity Culture: Media and the Social Organisation of Fame (15 points)
COMM806 Media Communication Reading Paper (15 points)
COMM810 New Media and Society (15 points)
COMM812 Selected Topics in Media Communication Practice (15 points)
COMM814 Global Crises and the Media (15 points)
COMM815 Mediated Political Talk (15 points)

Including no more than 30 points from:

ADVT880 Understanding Brand Communication in a Culture of Promotion (15 points)
ADVT881 Brand Communication Studio (15 points)
ADVT883 Brand Stories (15 points)
ADVT884 Not-for-profit Communication (15 points)
ADVT885 Retail Engagement (15 points)
ADVT886 Social Marketing (15 points)
CIND801 Critiquing Creative Organisations (15 points)
CIND802 The Creative Industries, Culture and the Market Place (15 points)
DIGM801 Online and Social Media Management (15 points)
DIGM802 Digital Visual Communication (15 points)
DIGM803 Interactive and Mobile Media (15 points)
DIGM804 Moving Image (15 points)
DIGM805 Web Media (15 points)
DIGM806 Transnarrative (15 points)
DIGM807 UI / UX Engagement (15 points)
DIGM808 Digital Strategies (15 points)
JOUR800 Magazine Journalism (15 points)
JOUR801 Asia-Pacific Journalism Studies (15 points)
JOUR802 Investigative and Agenda-Setting Journalism (15 points)
JOUR803 Journalism Law and Ethics (15 points)
JOUR804 Journalism Theory and Practice (15 points)
JOUR805 News Editing & Design Workshop (15 points)
JOUR806 Public Affairs Reporting Workshop (15 points)
JOUR807 News Reporting (30 points)
JOUR808 Audio-Visual News Production (15 points)
JOUR809 Newsroom Production (30 points)
JOUR810 International Journalism Project (15 points) (More information)
PUBL801 International Public Relations (15 points)
PUBL802 Journalism and Media Relations (15 points)
PUBL803 Strategic Public Relations (15 points)
PUBL804 Public Relations Concepts and Critique (15 points)
PUBL806 Global Communication Project (15 points)
PUBL807 Health Communication (15 points)
PUBL808 Advocacy and Activism (15 points)
RADC801 Radio (15 points)
TVSP801 Practical Screen Production (15 points)
TVSP802 Advanced Non Fiction Screenwriting (15 points)
TVSP804 Documentary Studies (15 points)
TVSP805 Producing for the Screen (15 points)
TVSP808 New Directions in Screen Production (15 points)
TVSP809 New Zealand / Pacific Documentary Studies (15 points)
TVSP810 Screen Project: Directing (15 points)
or any other postgraduate paper with the approval of the programme leader.

Click here to view programme structure and paper outlines.

Additional course information can also be found here.

Enrolment in papers is subject to meeting all requirements and availability of papers.

Please email for programme information and availability of papers.

Last updated: 01-Mar-2018 3.48pm

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