What will I learn?

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.

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

Further study

GradDipJour graduates may go onto the Master of Strategic Communication, the Master of Writing, or onto a Master of Arts in a variety of related subjects.

UC also offers a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) 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.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
NZ$28,000.00 (US$ 20,017) per year
Full Programme fees for 120 points

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected October 2021

More details

Start date

Expected February 2022


University of Canterbury

Warehouse, 20 Kirkwood Ave,



Upper Riccarton,

8041, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Entry to the Graduate Diploma requires a bachelor's degree, which does not need to be in the same area of study. If you gained your qualification overseas, this will need to be assessed to ensure it is of an equivalent standard. English language requirements: IELTS academic with an average score of 6.0, with a minimum of 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking; TOEFL (iBT) total minimum score of 80, with at least 19 in reading, writing and listening; TOEFL PBT with a minimum score of 550 and TWE with a minimum score of 4.5; CCEL EAP Level 2 with a minimum C+ grade; CAE or CPE minimum score of 169 with at least 162 in reading, writing, listening and speaking; Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE with an overall score of 50 and no PTE communicative skills score below 42; NZCEL Level 4 - Academic endorsement.

For international students

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.

Note: Entry to the programme requires a special application due October 31st, and includes an interview.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About University of Canterbury

University of Canterbury’s alumni include popular personalities such as Karl Popper, one of the greatest twentieth-century science philosophers.

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