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Postgraduate Diploma in Business

This programme will equip you with a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities that businesses face in today’s complex and changing business environment. You will gain the knowledge and business acumen necessary to elevate your career and set you apart from the competition.

120 (1.0 EFTS)
Mt Albert
Start dates
February or July
Full-time for one year or part-time options available

Programme overview

Business is an integral part of modern society and the effects of business activities are felt across the lives of all people. The success of business largely boils down to people; employees who can navigate change and have the knowledge and skills to capitalise upon opportunities and deliver successful outcomes.

In today’s turbulent world, a business’s ability to embrace change is essential; those that fail to do so can easily wind up as dinosaurs – out of touch and unable to compete. The Postgraduate Diploma in Business programme will teach you the critical thinking and problem solving skills that are essential to navigating change and delivering positive business outcomes.

You’ll develop a valuable skillset that sets you apart from the crowd and qualifies you to work in a diverse range of sectors, including business, retail, sales, human resources and marketing. The Postgraduate Diploma in Business is a one-year full-time programme and can build towards a Master of Business.


  • Small classes. Facilitated by expert lecturers with strong industry connections and experience.
  • Advance your career. No prior experience in business is required.
  • Applied learning. Utilise case studies and projects to apply theory and skills to real-world situations.
  • Research project. Undertake research in an area of business that interests you. Research supervisors are highly qualified staff with strong links to the business community.
  • Flexible timetable. A mix of weekday and evening classes. Classes also have online delivery options to support your learning.
  • Scholarship opportunities. You may be entitled to a postgraduate scholarship  to help fund your studies.
  • Boost your earning potential. New skills and technical knowledge will allow you to move up the ranks within an organisation.  

What next?

Once you've successfully completed this programme, you could continue your studies with the Master of Business

Admission requirements

For this programme, you will need the following:

1. A recognised Bachelor's degree in the same or similar discipline, with merit achievement deemed to be an average grade of B- or higher in all Level 7 courses; OR
2. A professional qualification in a relevant discipline, recognised as being equivalent to merit achievement in a Bachelor’s degree. 
3. 8 credits at NCEA Level 2 in English (4 in reading, 4 in writing).
4. If English is your second language, you are required to have one or more of the following:

  • Have achieved NCEA Level 3 and New Zealand University entrance
  • Be able to provide evidence you satisfy our criteria for existing English proficiency
  • Have achieved at least one English proficiency outcome in the last two years

Don't meet the requirements? We also accept:

  • An undergraduate degree in an unrelated discipline, with merit achievement; or 
  • A graduate diploma qualification in the same or similar discipline, with a B grade average or better.

​For more information download the programme regulations:

Programme Regulations

Courses and timetables

For more details on the courses, please click on the course names below. Please note that our systems are updating with new course timetable information for 2021; please check back again soon.

Courses Credits Aim
Business and Organisational Strategy (APMG8099) 30 credits (0.25 EFTS) This course of study provides students with an enhanced capability to analyse the impacts of the global business environment on the development and implementation of strategy by small and medium business enterprises. It aims to develop the capabilities necessary for those small to medium business organisations to successfully compete in the contemporary business environment.
Organisations and Leadership (APMG8100) 30 credits (0.25 EFTS) In this course of study students critically examine the underpinnings of organisations and the leadership field. This course enables students to develop a critical view of organisations and their structure and functioning as well as the leading people in organisational contexts. It aims to develop generic capabilities for leadership in business contexts.
Courses Credits Aim
Organisational Behaviour (APMG8115) 30 credits (0.25 EFTS) This course of study provides students with the ability to use relevant psychological theory to develop a critical understanding of the nature and functioning of organisations and of the individuals and groups within them.
Digital Enterprise (APMG8119) 30 credits (0.25 EFTS) This course of study provides students with an enhanced capability to examine based on theory and practice, the digital enterprise and contemporary issues within five core contexts; consumer markets, business and enterprise modelling, society, community/social media and technology. Students will critically examine the proposition that to strategically understand and develop the digital enterprise they should have a holistic perspective that envelops the five core contexts.
Research Methods (APMG8177) 30.0 credits (0.25 EFTS) The aim of this course is to provide students with an advanced understanding of the theoretical, methodological, and empirical elements of social science research, in order that they may design, implement, and analyse research projects in a variety of contexts.