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Graduate Diploma In Applied Management

Want to learn more about a specific area of management to complement your existing degree or career aspirations?

Then this is the qualification for you. Complete an intensive programme of generic business study or study in a specific area of business management. Graduates will have a sound understanding of the dynamic environment in which managers operate, enabling them to apply that knowledge at organisational and strategic levels in a range of industries and organisations. Undertake a significant industry-based research project, coupled with a 200-hour internship enabling you to gain vital practical experience.

You may specialise in a specific major or study a generic Applied Management pathway. 

Please note: If you are studying in Dunedin, you can either undertake the generic Graduate Diploma or specialise in a specific major if you start in February. If you start in July, you can only study the generic Graduate Diploma.

Entry requirements
  • A bachelor's degree in any discipline OR equivalent skills/experience.
  • You may NOT enrol in a major that you have studied at undergraduate level.  
  • International students will be individually assessed to ensure they meet the entry requirements.
  • If English is not your first language, you must also demonstrate English language skills equivalent to an IELTS overall band score (academic) of 6.0, with no less than 6.0 for writing.
  • Successful completion of our New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 4) programme is an acceptable equivalent. 
Additional documentation

You must supply certified copies of proof of identify, academic records and proof of residency (where appropriate).

Selection procedure

Eligible applicants will be accepted as received.

Additional costs
Dunedin

You will be required to purchase some textbooks during this programme and also cover any costs associated with fieldtrips.

Auckland

You should allow $80-$150 per paper for required text books. This will be approximately $500 per year.

Further study options

Progress into higher levels of learning and enhance your employment potential with postgraduate study in Management.  

You will study
Dunedin

Discuss a personalised, coherent path of study with the Programme Leader. You may specialise in a specific major or study a generic Applied Management pathway. To specialise, you must have studied Research Methodology (or have an understanding of this). If you have not done so, you must undertake the generic programme and include the Research Methodology course in your study.

You will study:

  • Applied Management (Level 6)
  • Research Methodology (Level 6)
  • Paper of choice (Level 6)
  • Industry Project (Level 7)
  • Papers of choice x2 (Level 7). 

If you have already studied Research Methodology, you will substitute this for another paper at Level 6.  If you wish to study a Graduate Diploma with a major, you will study the three papers at Level 6 and the two papers at Level 7 for the major and the Industry Project.

Please note: Some of the majors listed may not be offered and/or additional new majors may be on offer. Please contact us for a confirmed list.  

Strategic Management

Focus on the strategic nature of business management through an applied approach. Ideal if you wish to develop a portable set of management experiences applicable to a wide range of industries. Study courses such as Services Marketing Management and Business and Society.

Human Resource Management

With a strong applied human resources focus, this major is ideal if you wish to specialise and find employment in this area. This practical approach is coupled with exploration of human resource practices and issues (both current and future-focused), applicable to a wide range of roles and organisations. Study courses such as Industrial Relations and Contemporary Issues in Human Resource Management.

Sport Management

Developed to meet the growing demand for sporting event management at local, national and international level, you will be equipped to work at supervisory or higher management levels in sporting/event organisations. Study courses such as Event Logistics and Sport Facility Management.

Tourism Management

Developed to meet the current needs of the tourism industry locally, nationally and internationally, you will be equipped with the skills to work at a supervisory or management level, or to operate your own business. Study courses such as Tourism Policy and Planning and Contemporary Issues in the Tourism Industry.

Sustainable Practice (Delivered online with block courses from the Centre of Sustainable Practice in Central Otago)

Focus on the development of a wide range of core business skills to support operational and managerial decision-making required of leaders in the business world. Investigate global change, trends and issues, social responsibility, big picture thinking and the need for future focused leadership. Study courses such as Social Media Technology and Implementing Sustainable Practice. Delivered online with block courses from the Centre of Sustainable Practice. For more information, click here

Sales and Marketing

Marketing and selling products and services in today's competitive business environment requires a unique skill set. Acquire the required expertise to work in a variety of career fields such as sales, advertising, marketing promotions and public relations. Study courses such as Consumer Behaviour and International Marketing.

Event Management

This fast-paced industry requires vibrant, organised and dedicated people and there is a growing demand for qualified event management practitioners both here and overseas. Careers exist in event planning and management, conference management, sponsorship and fundraising, and the hospitality and entertainment industries. Study courses such as Event Marketing and Sponsorship and Project Management.

Business Transformation and Change

Build your knowledge of business/ performance excellence concepts and issues, acquire practical skills in processes and tools for improvement, and explore how they can be applied effectively within real-world contexts. Study courses such as Principles of Leadership and Organisational Behaviour.

Auckland

Level 6

Applied Management

Students will develop competency through applying management concepts.

Research Methodology

To introduce students to the key analytical tools used within business and the implications for managerial decisions. Students will learn to apply appropriate research methodologies to identify and solve a business related problem.

Entrepreneurship

Students will acquire a broad overview of the principles, theories and practice of entrepreneurship and analyse the significance of entrepreneurial activity to economic well-being. They will explore the key resources, skills, techniques, attitudes and ethics required to operate successfully in an entrepreneurial environment. Students will also examine the role of governments and other regulatory bodies in fostering entrepreneurial activity.

Market Development and Sales

To enable students to understand and apply the principles and practices of personal selling, the importance of personal selling to organisational performance, personal selling and sales people in New Zealand, competencies needed to successfully manage the sales function, and various systems and processes that support it.

Accounting Practices

Students will record and process financial transactions and prepare financial statements and cash budgets for entities in accordance with current accounting practices.

Services Marketing Management

Students will understand the roles, functions and application of services marketing management within contemporary New Zealand organisations. They will explore the key resources, skills, techniques, attitudes and ethics required to operate successfully in a range of service environments.

Principles of Leadership

Students will understand concepts and apply principles of leadership. Students will create a personal plan to develop leadership capabilities.

Human Resource Management

With a strong applied human resources focus, this major is ideal if you wish to specialise and find employment in this area. This practical approach is coupled with exploration of human resource practices and issues (both current and future-focused), applicable to a wide range of roles and organisations. Study courses such as Industrial Relations and Contemporary Issues in Human Resource Management.

Event Planning and Management

This fast-paced industry requires vibrant, organised and dedicated people and there is a growing demand for qualified event management practitioners both here and overseas. Careers exist in event planning and management, conference management, sponsorship and fundraising, and the hospitality and entertainment industries. Study courses such as Event Marketing and Sponsorship and Project Management.

Level 7

Strategic Management

Focus on the strategic nature of business management through an applied approach. Ideal if you wish to develop a portable set of management experiences applicable to a wide range of industries. Study courses such as Services Marketing Management and Business and Society.

Business Transformation and Change

Build your knowledge of business/ performance excellence concepts and issues, acquire practical skills in processes and tools for improvement, and explore how they can be applied effectively within real-world contexts. Study courses such as Principles of Leadership and Organisational Behaviour.

You will also complete a 200-hour internship, gaining hands-on experience and developing important industry and business connections. For your industry project, you may focus on an area of specific interest to you such as strategic management, human resource management, sales and marketing or hotel and tourism management.

Your workload

Your programme of study will generally include lectures and seminars/ tutorials. You will be expected to contribute at least 20 hours per week of your own time in self-directed study to allow for successful completion of the qualification.

Student loans/allowances

Student loans and allowances are for domestic students only. For information about student loans and allowances please visit the Studylink website. It is important to apply for your student loan/allowance at the same time as you apply for this programme, due to the length of time Studylink take to process applications. Loan/allowance applications can be cancelled at any time if you decide to withdraw your programme application or if it is unsuccessful. 

Recognition of prior learning

If you have extensive knowledge and skills due to practical experience in business, enquire about our recognition of prior learning process at Capable NZ. You may have already gained credits towards this qualification. 

Disclaimer

While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative ONLY. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.

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