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BCS - Leadership Communication as a major

Leadership Communication is only available as a Minor subject for any bachelor's degree, or as a postgraduate subject.

Get the up-to-date industry skills you need to become a Public Relations, Marketing or Communications specialist. This degree will teach you how to satisfy customer needs, influence people’s attitudes and behaviour, and drive strategic change within organisations.

Research shows the best leaders and managers are outstanding communicators, enabling them to go further and faster in their careers. At Waikato University, we'll teach you how to communicate more effectively in the workplace and how to influence key stakeholders, helping organisations to make strategic changes.


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Key information

Years: 3.0
Points: 360
Study Locations: Hamilton
Start Dates: Semester A (February) and Semester B (July)
Fees (Domestic): $6,462 (approx) per year
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Fees (International): $27,165 per year
Entry Requirements: Undergraduate International
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*Tuition fees shown are indicative only and may change. There are additional fees and charges related to enrolment please see the Table of Fees and Charges for more information. You will be sent an enrolment agreement which will confirm your fees.

Career opportunities

  • Communications officer/manager
  • Community engagement adviser
  • Change management specialist
  • Business/community/political leader
  • Diversity consultant
  • Management trainer
  • Mediation specialist
  • Motivational speaker
  • Professional fundraiser/negotiator
  • Professional writer
  • Public relations consultant

Tahl Lawrence With a background in civil engineering, Tahl Lawrence signed up for the Waikato MBA to broaden his outlook and extend his professional skillset. ""It gives you the tools to make some great choices in your career,"" he says.

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Leadership Communication papers prepare students for careers in public relations, communication consulting and professional writing.

Leadership Communication is available as a minor.

To complete a minor in Leadership Communication, students must complete 60 points from Leadership Communication papers, including at least 30 points above 100 level and including LCOMM101.

100 level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
LCOMM101Introduction to Leadership Communication18A (Hamilton)
By showing how to lead through improving communication, understanding who we are, and collaborating for problem-solving, this course provides a repertoire of skills relevant to personal, family, and organisational success.
LCOMM102Communication in an Online Society18B (Hamilton)
This paper introduces students to communication practices, concepts, and issues that they are likely to encounter as citizens, communicating professionals, community members, and participants in a highly mediated online world.

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For full details about all current subject papers including semesters, descriptions, prerequisites and more, visit papers.waikato.ac.nz/subjects/LCOMM

Leadership Communication as a Minor subject for any bachelor's degree

To complete a minor in Leadership Communication, you must complete 60 points, including at least 30 points above 100-level from LCOMM papers.

The specific requirements for Leadership Communication are that you must include:

  • LCOMM101 Introduction to Leadership Communication

Bachelor of Communication Studies with Honours (BCS(Hons))

To complete the BCS(Hons), you must pass 120 points at 500-level, including at least 60 points from one subject area, and at least 30 points in research (Directed Study, Dissertation or Research Methods Papers), and submit a Portfolio of Achievement (see the BCS(Hons) qualification information for further details).

The specific requirements for Leadership Communication are that you must include at least 60 points from papers offered in the subject.

Graduate Certificate in Leadership Communication

To complete the requirements for a Graduate Certificate, you must pass 60 points at 100-level or above, including at least 45 points at 300-level or above. At least 45 points must be from the subject area of Leadership Communication.

There are no specific requirements for this subject. Papers can be chosen from those ticked for this qualification in the tick-chart table. For full details of available papers visit papers.waikato.ac.nz/subjects/LCOMM

Please note: You may need to meet any additional paper prerequisites unless a waiver is obtained and depending on your programme of study.

Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership Communication (PGCert)

To complete the requirements for a Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership Communication, you'll need to pass 60 points at 500-level from the subject area of Leadership Communication.

Papers can be chosen from those ticked for this qualification in the tick-chart table. For full details of available papers visit papers.waikato.ac.nz/subjects/LCOMM

You will also need to meet with the department's Graduate Convenor to discuss an appropriate personal programme of study.

Please note: You may need to meet any additional paper prerequisites unless a waiver is obtained and depending upon your programme of study.

Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership Communication (PGDip)

To complete the requirements for a Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership Communication, you'll need to pass 120 points at 500-level, including at least 90 points from one subject area.

You'll also need to submit a Portfolio of Achievement (see the Postgraduate Diploma qualification information for further details).

For Leadership Communication, the specific requirements are that you must include at least 60 points from papers offered in the subject.

You must also meet with the department's Graduate Convenor to discuss an appropriate personal programme of study.

Please note: You may need to meet any additional paper prerequisites unless a waiver is obtained and depending upon your programme of study.

Master of Management Studies (MMS) in Leadership Communication

The completion requirements for the MMS depend on your admission criteria; please see the MMS qualification information for further details.

However all students must:

Take MNGT501 Research Methods in Management Studies (unless passed previously)

Take a dissertation (591/592) or thesis (593/594) in your subject area

Submit a Portfolio of Achievement (see MMS information for further details).

Meet the specific requirements prescribed for any subject

The specific requirements for Leadership Communication are that you must include at least 60 points from:

  • MCOM502 Managing Virtual Team Communication
  • MCOM506 Reputation Management
  • MCOM576 Intercultural Communication
  • MCOM579 Communication in Organisations
  • MCOM583 Leadership, Communication and Transformation
  • MCOM584 Sustainable Futures

Remaining papers can be chosen from those ticked for this qualification in the tick-chart table. For full details of available papers visit papers.waikato.ac.nz/subjects/LCOMM

Please note: You may need to meet any additional paper prerequisites unless a waiver is obtained and depending on your programme of study.

Master of Philosophy (MPhil) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Please contact the Graduate Convenor.


Documents

Waikato Management School Student Handbook


Contacts

Management Student Centre (MSC)

Phone: +64 838 4303 or 0800 654 303
Email: msc@waikato.ac.nz
Website: www.management.ac.nz/msc

Opening hours: 8.45am - 4.45pm Monday to Friday
Location: MSB.1.50, Hillcrest Road, University of Waikato, Hamilton

One of the best times to pop into MSC is Open Advice Day, held every Wednesday from 10am to 2pm.

Leadership Communication subject convenors:

Professor David McKie
Undergraduate/Graduate Advisor
Email: dmckie@waikato.ac.nz

Professor Juliet Roper
Undergraduate/Graduate Advisor
Email: jroper@waikato.ac.nz