Postgraduate Diploma in Management

Programme details

Translation Te Pōkairua Taura Mahi Whakahāere
Code WR3063
Level 8
Credits 120
Duration 1 year
Domestic student fee $6,344* (per year)
IntakesSemester 1, Semester 2
Study options Full-time, Part-time
LocationRotorua (Mokoia), Tauranga
Further study Master of Management
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Information for international students

Tuition fee$19,950
IntakesFebruary, May, July, November
Minimum IELTS6.5 with no band less than 6.0
Duration (length of study)1 year
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Programme aim

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This qualification is designed for domestic and international students seeking to advance scholarly research and practice-informed management. It will build on previous undergraduate degree, graduate and post graduate studies and strengthen career aspirations within fields of management, business, information technology, health or hospitality.

The advanced standard at which the graduate will operate includes the ability to articulate theory and practice within a management scope. Graduates will engage in independent study demonstrating an advanced level of knowledge, employing discourse analysis and critical enquiry in a relevant management context.

Through integrated work-integrated practice and advancing theoretical knowledge the graduates will extend management capabilities to generate solutions to complex problems, particularly (but not exclusively) in the areas of business, health, hospitality, or information technology.

The underpinning kaitiakitanga framework of this qualification is aimed at satisfying the cultural, social, environmental and economic aspirations of Māori and Pasifika, while being inclusive of international students, through Te Tiriti o Waitangi/The Treaty of Waitangi.

Specialist endorsements in this programme

Business, Health, Hospitality or Information Technology

Award information

Included qualifications

Postgraduate Certificate in Management

To achieve the award of the Postgraduate Diploma in Management, students must pass a total of 120 credits, including:

  • 75 compulsory credits; and
  • 45 credits from the options list.

All of the credits must be at level 8 or above.

To achieve the award of the Postgraduate Diploma in Management with one of the following endorsements, students must pass:

  • 45 compulsory/core credits made up of 45 credits from MGMT.8001, GENR.8001 and MGMT.9001 and 30 credits from COMM.8001, MGMT.8002, MGMT.8003, MGMT.8004 or MGMT.8005; plus
  • 45 credits from endorsement courses (30 credits must be from the same endorsement).

Knowledge and skills you will gain

Graduates will:

  • have advanced knowledge and skills relevant to their chosen field to be able to:
    • critically evaluate research methodologies and frameworks and their application within advanced management studies in the New Zealand management context;
    • manage and instigate growth and positive change through the application of advanced bodies of knowledge;
    • engage in rigorous intellectual analysis, critique and problem-solving;
    • develop and implement work-integrated management plans, and potentially evaluate their outcomes;
    • investigate a significant challenge, propose a solution and present findings; and
    • develop advanced applied research proposals.
  • have advanced knowledge and skills in their selection of core management areas to be able to:
    • interact and communicate effectively with people of diverse ethnicities and cultures in context;
    • analyse, improve and implement quality management systems in organisations;
    • analyse human and resource management theories, models and systems;
    • evaluate a range of financial methods and approaches to utilising financial assets reflecting their significance in management roles; and/or
    • evaluate the outcome of work-integrated advanced specialized management activities.
  • possess these values and attitudes consistent with their management practices:
    • whakapono – honesty;
    • whanaungatanga – inclusiveness, building collective responsibility;
    • mana – honouring the contribution of others;
    • wairuatanga – maintaining integrity and incorporating bicultural perspectives;
    • tūmanakotanga – encouraging continuous improvement and recognition of excellence;
    • mōhiotanga – supporting life-long learning;
    • aroha – encouraging open and honest critique that occurs in an environment that seeks solutions and does not seek to automatically assign blame;
    • manāākitanga – providing a nurturing;
    • biculturalism; and
    • sustainability.

Entry criteria

Admission and entry requirements for this qualification are in accordance with the academic regulations and the following criteria:

  • All applicants will be required to submit a 400-word statement about their professional goals and rationale for seeking entry into this programme. Applicants may be interviewed in person or via Skype to evaluate their suitability to enter the programme.
  • All applicants must possess:
    • a graduate diploma at NZQA Level 7 or equivalent; or
    • an undergraduate degree or equivalent; or
    • a bachelor's honours degree, or a postgraduate certificate, or the equivalent at Level 8.

Additional Entry Requirements (if applicable)

Applicants who do not meet the standard entry above in a relevant field for the Postgraduate Diploma in Management, but present evidence of ability to succeed, require a combination of academic and practical or professional experience:

  • a three-year post-secondary school diploma in a related discipline at NZQA Level 7 or equivalent from a recognised tertiary provider, and demonstration of at least three years’ equivalent practical or professional experience at a managerial level with at least two written references; or
  • demonstration of at least five years' equivalent practical or professional experience at a senior management level, evidence of ability to study at postgraduate level, and three written references (as an employee and of your character).

English Language Competency

Applicants for this programme, in accordance with the Waiariki Academic regulations, must have an overall International English language Testing System (IELTS) score of at least 6.5 with no band score less than 6.0 or equivalent test level as per NZQA Appendix 2 requirements and issued within the last two years.

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Compulsory courses

Course details
GENR.8001 Work-integrated Project 1
Students will learn how to investigate a range of significant challenges in their chosen field, then research and develop a proposal to overcome one of those challenges. The proposal will then be presented to a professional group for feedback, evaluation and action.
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 1, Semester 2
MGMT.8001 Management Practice: Critical Analysis and Review
Students will develop their ability to critically evaluate management theory and practice, including developing the capability to investigate and analyse information to further inform management practice.
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 1, Semester 2
MGMT.9001 Advanced Applied Research Proposal
Students will identify an area to research, formulate research questions and hypotheses, conduct a literature review, select a methodological approach and create both research approval and ethics approval application documents for an extended field, dissertation or thesis project. The proposal will be both documented and formally defended.
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 1, Semester 2, November

Core courses

Select 30 credits from the following list:

Course details
COMM.8001 Communication for Managers
Students will analyse their personal communication style and investigate congruence to effective management practices. Students will critically examine a range of professional communication practices required to address an array of management situations. Students will analyse and assimilate communication characteristics associated with the effective manager, and consider cultural competence and biculturalism...
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 1, Semester 2
MGMT.8002 Quality Management Systems: Macro To Micro
Students will analyse in-depth organisational quality management systems at both the macro and micro levels. A range of systems and approaches will be examined with a view to students being able to analyse, implement and improve such systems in organisations.
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 1, Semester 2
MGMT.8004 Finance for Managers
Students will evaluate a range of financial methods and approaches to utilising financial assets, reflecting on their significance in management roles. Financial asset value determination and utility, capital structures, and the role of cash flow and leverage in business will also be analysed.NOTE: This course is compulsory where the student...
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 1, Semester 2, November
MGMT.8005 Change Management
Students will learn how to investigate, evaluate and apply change management theories that aid in making the employee and organisation ready for immediate or continuous change.
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 1, Semester 2, November
MGMT.8006 Human and Resource Management
Analyse human resource management theories, models, systems and relevant employer-related legislation key to human resources management. Human resources practices will be considered in line with strategic human resources management – alignment with goals of departments and organisation to ensure long term competitive advantage.
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 1, Semester 2, November

Specialist endorsement courses

Select 30 credits from the following list, excluding any course that has already been selected as a core course:

Students seeking no endorsement: choose a total of 45 credits from the endorsement or the options lists;
Business: COMM.8001, MGMT.8002, MGMT.8003, MGMT.8004;
Information Technology: COMP.8001, COMP.8002;
Health: HLTH.8001, HLTH.8002;
Hospitality: HOSP.8001, HOSP.8002;

Course details
COMP.8002 Information Technology and Business Intelligence
Students will explore the fundamentals of business intelligence techniques and provide understanding of major issues and applications in business intelligence (BI) and data mining (DM) for optimisation of business performance. Students will relate key issues, tasks and roles in an information technology (IT) environment to business outcomes. Using a problem-solving...
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 2
COMP.8201 Impact of Information Technology in Organisations
Students will critically analyse the role and application of information technology in organisations, and evaluate strategies, policies and procedures for managing the use of information technology. Students will also examine and appraise the impact of recent IT advancements and recommend future improvements for an organisation.
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 1
HLTH.8001 Leadership In Health Care
Students will investigate leadership in the health care sector from theoretical, historical and functional perspectives with a view to enhancing their understanding of the impact of leadership ability. Students will identify and synthesize personal leadership understandings and skills. The utility of research to support leadership in the health care sector...
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 1, Semester 2
HLTH.8002 Governance and Management in Health Care
Students will investigate the concepts of governance and management alongside the impact these roles have on health care and health outcomes within the health care sector. Also investigated are Māori and Treaty of Waitangi perspectives and approaches to governance within the context of health. Students will focus on optimising the...
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 1, Semester 2
HOSP.8001 Cultural Intelligence in the Hospitality Industry
Students will investigate the theory of cultural intelligence (CQ) and its application to hospitality organisations as a critical aspect of achieving business success in a global environment. Students will discuss the major elements of CQ and their implications, assess CQ practices and the influence of culture on consumer perceptions of...
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 1
HOSP.8002 Service Sector Marketing
Students will gain applied knowledge and skills in service sector marketing. Specifically, they will explore marketable values, target market characteristics and the value proposition, expanded marketing mix, and marketing communication strategy. Students will gain insight into current and innovative marketing practices and opportunities to develop professional marketing plans and budgets,...
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 2

Optional courses

Select a 15 credits from the following or the endorsement lists, excluding any course that has already been selected as a core course:

Course details

*Course cost: Standard fee for New Zealand residents only. Fees for non-New Zealand residents will vary, visit the International Programmes and Tuition Fees information page.

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