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Programme overview

The Postgraduate Diploma in International Communication will help advance your communication expertise through insights from the theories, issues and practices of organisational, intercultural, social change, political and strategic aspects of international communication.

Improve your critical thinking and analytical skills and gain an understanding of advanced communication practice in real settings. Flexible delivery of courses allows you to schedule your studies around work and personal commitments. We combine theory with real ¬world application using a compelling mix of online and in-class learning. 


  • Strong links with professional associations like the Public Relations Institute of New Zealand (PRINZ) and with key stakeholder organisations and individuals. 
  • Student membership of PRINZ.
  • Online and in-class learning, including applied options to complete a practicum or a course involving advanced communication project work for a client. Participate and collaborate online whenever and wherever it suits you.
  • Flexible study: Part-time study options available.
  • This postgraduate qualification is equivalent to the first year of the Master of International Communication. After successfully completing this programme, you may be eligible to transfer to the second year of the master's programme.


Admission requirements

For this programme, you will need the following:

1. A recognised Bachelor’s degree in the same or similar discipline, with an average grade of B- or higher in all Level 7 courses; OR
2. A professional qualification in a relevant discipline, recognised as being equivalent to the above.
3. 8 credits at NCEA Level 2 in English (4 in reading, 4 in writing).
4. If English is your second language, you are required to have one or more of the following:

  • Have achieved NCEA Level 3 and New Zealand University entrance
  • Be able to provide evidence you satisfy our criteria for existing English proficiency
  • Have achieved at least one English proficiency outcome in the last two years

Don’t meet the requirements? We also accept:

  • Provide sufficient evidence to be eligible for special admission.

For more information download the programme regulations:

Programme Regulations

Courses and timetables

For more details on the courses including timetables, please click on the course names below.

International Media Communication (COMM8174) 30 credits (0.25 EFTS)This course is intended to develop an awareness of the importance of international communication for individuals, societies and governments and to recognise the significance of the flow of communication across national borders. International communication encompasses political, social, cultural and military concerns.
Communicating in Organisations (COMM8171) 30 credits (0.25 EFTS)The course equips students with - Understanding of theories relevant to managing interpersonal, collaborative and organisational communication, and - The ability to develop, plan and execute communication strategy that will achieve a positive organisational communication culture and climate, that in turn create the platform for engagement, organisational advocacy and reputation. Suitable for individuals with careers or career interests in corporate communication, media, strategic planning, human resource management, communication consulting, and related general management functions.
Intercultural Issues in Communication (COMM8173) 30 credits (0.25 EFTS)To develop a critical understanding of contemporary intercultural communication theory and the ability to carry out applied intercultural communication research.
International Political Communication (COMM8175) 30 credits (0.25 EFTS)To develop in participants an advanced understanding of international political communication in the Asia-Pacific region.
Strategic Communication and Information Management (COMM8176) 30 credits (0.25 EFTS)COMM 8176 Strategic Communication aims to develop sound knowledge and competencies of the theories relevant to strategic communication and information management within globalised organisational settings: examine and evaluate processes for managing strategic communication and information management processes; develop communication and information management strategies which may be integrated into the corporate strategic plan.
Research Methods (COMM8177) 30 credits (0.25 EFTS)The aim of this course is to provide students with an advanced understanding of the theoretical, methodological, and empirical elements of social science research, in order that they may design, implement, and analyse research projects in a variety of contexts.
Industry Practicum (COMM8187) 30 credits (0.25 EFTS)To provide students with an opportunity to undertake a practical project relevant to their degree which reflects the graduate profile.





The 'Key Information for Students' below does not reflect any international student information.

Please take this information as a guideline only. For example, you will often see a difference between these tuition fees and our estimate above. This is because there are a number of variables, such as the specific courses chosen within a programme.

The national graduate outcomes information is for all tertiary New Zealand providers including Unitec. This information is provided by the New Zealand Government and is derived from a national database that links educational and income information.

Key Information for Students

Entry requirements

Minimum requirements: Applicants must have a relevant bachelor degree with merit achievement, (B- or higher) or a equivalent qualification, or be able to demonstrate equivalent competencies. English language requirements apply.

Detailed requirements: See the above "Admission requirements" section for more information about entry to this progrogramme.


1 Year

Tuition Fees


Total Qualification

Student fees:  $7,028$7,028
Government tuition subsidy: $7,743$7,743

Compulsory Student Services Fee
Student loan information available at StudyLink.

National graduate outcomes

(3 years after completion)
Median earnings$44,613
Earnings range$35,510 - $54,102
In employment72%
In further study19%
On a benefit1%

Note:All KIS information is the most recent available relating to domestic students only. Click here for more information about the Key Information for Students.