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Study Communications and Public Relations (PR)

SIT's courses in Communications and Public Relations (PR) train students to be effective communicators, researchers, writers and leaders. These courses will equip you with  transferable skills that will help you in any career, from media organisations to government and private enterprise.

Our Communications and PR programmes are delivered by SIT2LRN Distance Learning and offer degree and postgraduate qualifications in mass communication studies, local government communications and public relations via distance learning. 

Graduates of these programmes are able to evaluate, develop and implement effective organisational communication practices and strategies, analyse communication processes and respond to this analysis in their decision-making.

Programmes in Communications & PR

Click on a circle in the table below to see the courses offered in each subject/qualification combination.

Masters Postgraduate Dip/Cert Graduate Dip/Cert Degree Diploma Certificate Short Course STAR / Gateway*

SIT2LRN Distance Learning

OGraduate12Communications & PR4SIT2LRN Distance Learning
ODegree12Communications & PR4SIT2LRN Distance Learning
Masters Postgraduate Dip/Cert Graduate Dip/Cert Degree Diploma Certificate Short Course STAR / Gateway*

* STAR/Gateway programmes are only offered to NZ Secondary Schools

Programmes & Tutor Profiles

Student Profiles

Communications & PR Courses

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3 years fulltime

Up to 10 years part-time

Intakes are 17 weeks long

Study to be an effective communicator, researcher, writer and leader. Covering a wide range of topics such as media culture, news broadcasting, communication strategies, politics, law, ethics, event management, brand management, and crisis and emergency management, you will learn transferable skills to help you in any career, from media organisations to government and private enterprise.

Course Details

17 weeks fulltime

Up to 3 years part-time

Intakes are 17 weeks long

The Graduate Certificate in Communication (Local Government) aims to provide those people working in middle management at territorial authorities the opportunity to formalise their practical communications skills into a qualification and to gain a sound theoretical base on which to structure regular tasks.  They may already be working in the communications field or another area within the council (supported by an undergraduate degree) which requires recognition of higher level communication knowledge.

Course Details

17 weeks fulltime

Up to 3 years part-time

Intakes are 17 weeks long

The public relations aligned Graduate Certificate in Communications (Public Relations) provides graduates with the theory behind public relations communications; the effectiveness of various channels of communication; and the laws and ethics which impact on these. It provides those already working in communications or journalism with the necessary theoretical knowledge to be able to move into a more complex public relations role.

Course Details

1 year fulltime

Up to 5 years part-time

Intakes are 17 weeks long

The Graduate Diploma in Communication (Local Government) gives more experienced communications practitioners the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to manage specific issues, events and tasks which may occur within that environment and draw on the theory which underpins these.

The Graduate Diploma in Communication (LG) also provides a professional development opportunity for a communications practitioner with a generic or similar undergraduate degree who wishes to specialise in local government working at a higher level.

Course Details

1 year fulltime

Up to 5 years part-time

Intakes are 17 weeks long.

The Graduate Diploma in Communication (Public Relations aims to enable public relations practitioners (with an undergraduate qualification) to build on their applied skills and learning. The programme aims to ensure its graduates can manage significant events or specialised roles in an organisation or government body. A person already engaged in PR at middle management level or someone with a good body of prior on-the-job learning is given the opportunity to become a PR specialist.

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