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All organizations, nonprofit groups, and government agencies need people who can manage resources effectively and efficiently. A qualification in management opens the door to a wide variety of employment opportunities in a profession that is truly global.

Explore your options

Management is both an art and a science as it regards people and process, and at the core, relationships. Unitec’s management courses give you an in depth understanding of how a successful business effectively utilises and manages its key resources to operate successfully. Whether you are updating your professional practice and skills, or are looking to enter the business world, our courses are designed for your success.

Our Industry Based Learning (IBL) programmes combine live project work and real world connections in your final year, with a focus on developing your leadership skills. Expand your knowledge of economics and marketing, and improve your communication, problem solving and decision making process. You'll also learn to work independently as well as part of a team and develop techniques for motivating staff, improving upon process, and honing managerial techniques. 

Specialise in HR, and you’ll learn about personnel issues, financial transactions, effective organisation and constructive leadership. In operations management you will grow your understanding about approaches used in the field. You will learn and apply methods in process analysis, process improvement, project management skills, managing quality, supply chain and logistics systems and approaches.  

All our management courses are hands-on, with the opportunity to practice your new and improved skills in real business environments through Unitec’s many industry connections. Expert guest speakers and lecturers with extensive experience in management will make sure you're at the cutting edge of business trends too. 

You’ll soon be looking forward to opening the door on a wide variety of career options that can make a real difference to the success of a company. 

Programmes and study path

Start with a programme that suits your qualifications and/or experience, then progress to a level that achieves your goals.
New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3) 3 Full-time for 16 weeks or part-time options available Entry into further study at certificate or diploma level. February or July
New Zealand Certificate in Business (Administration and Technology) (Level 4) 4 Full-time for six months. Part-time options available. Customer services representative/receptionist, Personal assistant, Business administrator, Call Centre Operator, Office administrator, Service coordinators, Web Administrator February, July, September
New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) - Business and Communication 4 Full-time for 16 weeks or part-time options available. Entry into further study toward a career in media, communication, or business. February or July
New Zealand Diploma in Business - Leadership and Management 5 Full-time for one year or part-time options available Team leader, Supervisor, Business administrator February, July, September
Bachelor of Business (Management) 7 Full-time for three years or part-time options available Human resources advisor, Recruitment manager, Payroll manager, Human resources manager, Training and development manager, Process improvement analyst, Logistics manager, Operations coordinator, Production planner, Project coordinator, Supply chain coordinator, Inventory controller February or July
Graduate Diploma in Business (Human Resource Management) 7 Full-time for one year or part-time options available Recruitment manager, HR manager, Training manager, Occupational health and safety officer February or July
Graduate Diploma in Business (Operations Management) 7 Full-time for one year or part-time options available Process improvement analyst, Operations manager, Logistics manager, Supply chain manager, Production manager, Factory manager, Warehouse manager February or July
Postgraduate Diploma in Business 8 Full-time for one year or part-time options available Marketing executive, Human resources manager, Operations manager, Business researcher February or July
Master of Business 9 Full-time for two years or part-time options available Human resources manager, Marketing manager, Business Management February or July

Industry connections

Study management at Unitec and you'll benefit from Industry Based Learning (IBL), which is an integral part of the degree programmes. Completed in your final year of study, IBL lets you put management theory into practice by working with a host organisation. 

Most industry organisations want graduates that can hit the ground running.  At Unitec, we help you develop as an individual, so that you can be a quick starter and ready to adapt.  We work on personal and professional development, as well as provide you with the opportunities to network with future employers and hone your CV.  Once you have the foundation, you can work anywhere, from small to large companies here in New Zealand and abroad.