How to apply

Students are required to complete an application form and attend a formal interview before selections are made for each intake. You may also be asked to sit a writing test.

Selection takes into account a number of factors, notably evidence that the applicant has a realistic understanding of the workplace and possible career paths, and a sense of vocation about journalism.

You do not need to have studied journalism. We welcome graduates from all disciplines and recent intakes have included graduates with degrees in Arts, Science, Law and Commerce.

Application requirements 

Download the application form (PDF, 69 KB).

Email (to journalism@canterbury.ac.nz) or post your signed application form, together with:

  • A submission outlining your career to date, why you wish to be a journalist, and the steps you have taken to investigate journalism as a career, including samples of work published or broadcast
  • A certified copy of your academic record (if you are a UC applicant, a printout of your UC record is fine)
  • Your current CV, including contact details for two referees
  • If you wish to have the material submitted with your application returned, provide a suitably sized, stamped, addressed envelope

N.B. If any of the above is not received, your application may not be considered.

The deadline for applications closes October 31, but late applications may be considered.

There are still a small number of places available for 2017, email journalism@canterbury.ac.nz for late applications.

Interview process

The deadline for applications closes October 31, but late applications may be considered.
Most candidates can expect to be interviewed early November. Those from the South Island are interviewed in Christchurch, and North Island candidates are interviewed in Auckland and Wellington.

Applicants residing or travelling overseas may be interviewed by Skype or telephone at a pre-arranged time.

Frequently asked questions

What are the language requirements?

Candidates for whom English is a second language must provide evidence of IELTS or equivalent (Academic) 7.5 with no score less than 7.

Do I need straight As to get in?

We look for intelligence allied with good work habits and a high standard of English. You are not ruled out because your degree fails to meet some arbitrary grade average. A first-class honours degree is not a passport to the course. However, a sound academic record is normally essential.

What subjects should I study?

Take what interests you. We look for graduates in a wide range of disciplines. The industry needs more journalists with degrees in science, law, Māori, engineering and so on. Obviously some subjects like economics, political science, history, and media and communication are useful but we have an open mind.

What do you look for?

A sense of vocation about journalism. We look for people who know why they want a career in journalism and who have a realistic understanding of what being a journalist involves. It's not enough to say you like writing and meeting people.

How can I show my commitment?

Have you visited newspapers, radio and television stations? Have you spoken to journalists? Have you had work published? That will do for starters.

What are my chances of being admitted?

Entry into the course is competitive. You can improve your
case by thoroughly investigating journalism as a career and taking steps to show you are serious about becoming a journalist. International students must demonstrate a high level of English fluency.

How heavy will the workload be?

This is a postgraduate course and the workload and commitment expected of students is higher than in undergraduate years. Students will need to commit at least 30 hours a week to course work. Classes are structured during the mornings each week so students have the opportunity to find and write stories in the afternoons.

How do I apply?

Download an application form. The deadline for applications closes October 31, but late applications may be considered.