Graduate Certificate in Arts (Public and Professional Writing)

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With the Graduate Certificate in Arts (Public and Professional Writing), you can study public and professional writing without completing a second bachelor’s degree.

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What is it like?

The Graduate Certificate in Arts (Public and Professional Writing) will give you the practical, discipline-focused writing skills you need to succeed in a variety of working environments.

Be an asset to any organisation

All professional fields require advanced proficiency in writing. Yet many organisations struggle with producing clear written communication. With the skills you’ll gain from studying public and professional writing, you’ll be a welcome addition to any workplace. Your ability to frame the debate and direct your organisation’s communications towards the realisation of its vision will be highly valued.

Adapt your writing for different audiences and purposes

Engage in an intensive analysis of public and professional writing styles and literacies, and practise writing for both digital and print environments. Explore areas such as writing for the public, online publishing, technical writing and creative non-fiction. This graduate certificate will give you key skills in collaboration, communicating specialised knowledge to both general and professional audiences, and the accurate and effective presentation of visual and textual data. You’ll get the skills to translate your disciplinary knowledge into effective public documents.

Be an active citizen

Using writing to engage in public debates and to make sense of complex information is crucial for active citizenship. You’ll learn about the principles of writing as a form of civic engagement that enables you to contribute to your community and help decision-makers.

A good fit if you:

  • Are interested in learning different writing styles
  • Have a desire to write for the public or business sectors
  • Want to develop and advance transferable writing skills


Massey’s Graduate Certificate in Arts (Public and Professional Writing) is highly relevant to the labour market. Graduates with strong literacy skills and the ability to engage with and interpret data and research are in high demand by employers. This diploma will help you advance in many industries including:

  • Local/central government
  • Management
  • Technical writing
  • Advertising
  • Public relations
  • Print publishing
  • E-publishing / digital publishing
  • Web content management
  • Editing
  • Education

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