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Bachelor of Communication Studies

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The world is full of stories that need to be told. Get the up-to-date industry skills you need to become a Public Relations, Marketing or Communications specialist.

Key details

Degree Type
3 years full-time
Course Code
Study Mode
In person
Intake Months
Mar, Jul
Domestic Fees
$6,720 per year
International Fees
$29,380 per year

About this course

The Bachelor of Communication is a three-year specialist degree that will give you expertise in strategic communication, combined with a general understanding of business.

Get the up-to-date industry skills you need to become a public relations or marketing specialist, and go on to an exciting career working in central or local government, private firms, PR/marketing agencies, or not-for-profit organisations.

This degree is an ideal choice if you enjoy talking to people, expressing ideas, being creative, and solving problems.

With the BC degree, you'll learn how to use the power of writing, speech and images to create engaging content that tells a powerful story about an organisation - through video, websites, social media, and so much more.

Gain the insights to design a communication campaign that can shape people's beliefs and behaviour, address major social issues (eg. health, the environment), or attract new customers to buy a company's products and services.

Success Stories

Jacinda Ardern

Bachelor of Communication Studies

Students majoring in Public Relations will develop the professional writing, interpersonal and leadership skills to work with both clients and journalists, and craft media releases that make news headlines. You'll know how to deliver effective communication strategies, build positive relationships with a diverse range of stakeholders, protect an organisation's reputation from harm, and respond quickly to an emerging crisis.

Marketing majors will understand how to satisfy customers' needs, build strong brands that stand out from the crowd, conduct market research, and design advertising that really works. You'll also have the opportunity to build a commercial website and gain Google Analytics certification.

In first year, the core papers of this degree will introduce you to the fundamentals of communication, marketing, business and management. In second year, the paper Communication Consulting will teach you how to conduct in-depth research such as surveys and interviews to clearly understand an organisation's communication problems.

Then you'll take more advanced papers focused on your specialist major subject/s, such as events management, crisis communication, professional speaking, media relations, digital marketing and branding, and much more.

Major subjects for this degree

Choose one of the following subjects as your 1st Major:

You can opt to take a second major or 1-2 minors in almost any undergraduate subject offered at the University of Waikato.

Practical industry experience

In the third year, all BC students take a capstone paper on Communication Strategies. You'll work in teams to deliver a communications/marketing strategy for a client organisation by applying all the theories and practices you've learnt in class.

You'll also complete a work-integrated learning paper, which is a great opportunity to add practical PR or marketing experience to your CV by working on real projects for a host employer.

Why study communication at Waikato?

Waikato's Bachelor of Communication is the only communication degree in New Zealand - and one of only four outside the United States - that is certified by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). This is your guarantee of a world-class learning experience, as the PRSA sets the gold standard for PR education.

Waikato is also ranked in the world's top 200 universities for Communication and Media Studies (QS World University Subject Rankings 2019).

You'll be studying at Waikato Management School,which is ranked in the top 1% of all business schools globally with its prestigious Triple Crown Accreditation from EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB.

More about this degree

With this degree you'll gain the skills to pitch news stories to journalists, write powerful speeches that resonate with audiences, and create content that tells a compelling story.

You'll also learn how to create positive relationships with key stakeholders, lead and motivate teams of people to deliver changes, translate communication strategies into action, and take steps to build or repair an organisation's reputation.

World-leading alumni

Our graduates are highly regarded by employers - their creative ideas can help companies to stand out in a crowded marketplace. You'll be following in the footsteps of prestigious Bachelor of Communication alumni such as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Briar Thompson at Boston Consulting Group, and TVNZ journalist Lucas de Jong,


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