Get ahead in your career!

Studying while working is more possible than you think. We offer a range of flexible professional development options that can be studied alongside work. Study with us and invest in yourself.

For many people, the thought of studying to progress (or change) your career can seem overwhelming and expensive.

It raises lots of questions

  • Can I fit learning into my life?
  • Will tertiary learning suit me?
  • Can I afford it?
  • Can I manage tertiary study when I haven’t studied since I left school?

We want to give you the confidence to answer ‘yes’ to all of those questions.

Sounding more possible? 

There’s also this to consider…if you’ve never done tertiary study before (i.e. beyond secondary school level), you could be eligible for some funding through the Government’s Fees Free scheme.

If you’re enrolling in 60 credits or more at Level 3 or higher, and are a domestic student, you could have your first year of study paid for by the Government.

All the details are on the Fees Free website - there’s an eligibility-checker tool where you can check to see if you’re entitled to funding. If you are eligible, we’ll organise your fees with the Tertiary Education Commission when you’re enrolled to study with us.

Keen to explore your options?

Hopefully, you're feeling more confident that studying alongside work is a pretty good option. Whether you're interested in studying for professional or personal reasons, we're here to support your learning journey. 

Invest in yourself and check out our study options below. 

Professional development options

Accounting

New Zealand Diploma in Business (Level 5) (Accounting)

72 weeks part-time / Starts monthly / Fully online

Ideal if you’re working in a business environment but need additional accounting skills to round out your knowledge or you’re engaged in a finance role but want to formalise your skills. Amongst other things, you will learn how to prepare budgets, monitor business performance against budgets, determine internal controls to minimise financial risk, and analyse and interpret financial information to inform decision-making. This programme is offered by our partner, eCampus NZ.

 

Bachelor of Applied Management (Accounting)

Part-time options available (3 years full-time) / Starts February or July / On campus (Dunedin)

If you are wanting to become a Chartered Accountant, this programme is ideal with Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (Chartered Accountants ANZ) accreditation. Incorporating case studies, workplace-based or focused assignments, and a major industry project, this hands-on qualification has industry experience and connections at its core.

 

Graduate Diploma in Accounting

Part-time options available (1 year full-time) / Starts February or July / On campus (Dunedin)

This programme is useful for people who may be seeking a promotion within their current job or who want to broaden their skill base. You’ll learn how to record and process financial transactions and prepare financial statements and cash budgets. Courses include intermediate/advanced management accounting, intermediate/advanced financial accounting, taxation in New Zealand and organisational research design.

Administration

New Zealand Certificate in Business (Administration and Technology) (Level 4)

40 weeks part-time / Fully online / Starts monthly

Designed to give you an overview and understanding of administration procedures, this programme will help you run an office smoothly and efficiently. If you're new to administration, this programme will give you an advanced understanding of administration and management. If you're someone who has already mastered the basics, this qualification will help you step up to a more senior level. This programme is offered by our partner, eCampus.

Art

Graduate Diploma in Visual Arts

2 years part-time / Starts February or July / On campus (Dunedin)

If you already hold a degree and would like to develop your fine arts skills, this qualification offers you the chance to carry out an intensive course of study in your chosen discipline.

 

Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours)

2 years part-time / Starts February or July / On campus (Dunedin)

Ideal if you want to develop research skills in studio and theory, or pursue further postgraduate study. By the end of the programme, you will produce a body of critically-engaged studio work, supported by a conceptual research paper.

 

Postgraduate Certificate in Visual Arts

1 year part-time / Starts February or July / On campus (Dunedin)

If you want a taster of postgraduate study in arts, this programme is for you. You will develop studio work and write an essay on an aspect of related research methodology.

 

Postgraduate Diploma in Visual Arts

2 years part-time / Starts February or July / On campus or by distance

The perfect opportunity to undertake practical and theory-based guided art research. Develop and display mastery of the professional, technical and conceptual skills through an original exhibition and associated writing. The Master of Visual Arts is a logical extension to this programme if you decide to continue your study journey.

 

Master of Visual Arts

2 years part-time / Flexible start / On campus or by distance

Deep dive into practical- and theory-based research through this advanced qualification. In semester one, you will develop studio work, an oral seminar paper and an essay for critical feedback. You will build on this work in semester two by producing an original exhibition and an extended 7,500-word essay. You can choose to study at our Dunedin Campus or we offer a low residency option for students based outside Dunedin.

 

Master of Fine Arts

4 years part-time / Flexible start / On campus or by distance

This degree is suitable for you if you want to become a professional arts practitioner. You will carry out original research culminating with a public exhibition and dissertation. We also offer a low residency option for students based outside of Dunedin.

Design

New Zealand Certificate in Digital Media and Design (Level 4)

2 years part-time / Starts July / On campus (in Dunedin)

40 weeks part-time / Starts monthly / Fully online with our partner, eCampus NZ 

A great starting point if you want to get a feel for what this area has to offer. Project options in digital photography, digital illustration, game design, web design, moving image, animation and interactivity will help you develop real-world skills and a portfolio of your work.

 

Graduate Diploma in Design (Specialty)

2 years part-time / Starts February or July / On campus (in Dunedin)

Looking to achieve an applied qualification in a specialist area to complement your existing design degree or experience? Perhaps you are a professional designer or practitioner wishing to develop practical skills and studio project experience to build your existing knowledge?

 

Bachelor of Design (Honours)

2 years part-time / Starts February or July / On campus (in Dunedin)

If you have already achieved excellence in your undergraduate degree, this postgraduate qualification is a great opportunity to extend and deepen your knowledge and understanding of design research methods and professional design practice. Graduates of this programme will be well-prepared for further postgraduate study or employment in a design creative lead role.

 

Postgraduate Certificate in Design

1 year part-time / Starts February or July / On campus (in Dunedin)

This qualification introduces you to postgraduate study in a guided learning environment and is perfect for people who are returning to study after a long break or who desire more personalised guidance and support. During this programme, you will extend and deepen your knowledge and understanding of design research methods and the professional design environment. You will also develop capabilities in design, creativity, sustainability and problem-solving through an applied design project. Graduates will be well-prepared for further postgraduate study or employment in a wide range of creative or design management roles.

 

Postgraduate Diploma in Design

2 years part-time / Starts February or July / On campus (in Dunedin)

This qualification is suitable for graduates who have a strong professional design background who want to extend and deepen their research skills and work on applied research projects which are self-generated or developed with industry or community partners. We welcome applicants from a range of design and creative backgrounds. Graduates will be well-prepared for further postgraduate study or employment in design or design management roles.

 

Master of Design

3 years part-time / Flexible start / On campus (in Dunedin)

This qualification of excellence allows you to develop a significant body of scholarly creative work which is presented in a public forum and supported by an exegesis or equivalent. Alternatively, you can complete this programme through a thesis which could form the basis of academic journal articles. Graduates of this qualification will be well-prepared for doctoral-level study, an academic career or a lead design or design management role.

Engineering (Civil, Mechanical and Electrical)

New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Civil Engineering)

4 years part-time (but can be flexible) / Starts February or July / On campus (Dunedin)

Civil Engineers work on the design, construction management, and maintenance of civil works such as roads, dams, earthquake engineering, water, and sewerage systems. Civil engineering graduates are responsible for the project management of these jobs and often work internationally as New Zealand graduates have a good reputation worldwide.

This is a practical programme using real-life scenarios as part of your learning. Graduates of this qualification may find career opportunities with local authorities, construction companies, mining companies or civil engineering consultancies. Employers often headhunt directly from this programme.

 

New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Mechanical Engineering)

4 years part-time (but can be flexible) / Starts February or July / On campus (Dunedin)

Mechanical Engineers design, make and operate machinery. This industry is growing fast and the skills you gain can be applied throughout New Zealand or overseas. There is high demand for Engineering Technicians with training like this and many of our graduates secure employment before they even finish their qualifications.

During this hands-on programme, you will undertake a small amount of maths and science and learn how to design, create 3D models, and program controls (Otago Polytechnic Engineering uses RoboDK (https://robodk.com) for simulation and offline programming of industrial robots). You will gain sound knowledge, understanding, and practical appreciation of mechanical engineering processes and theory by developing your ability to apply learning in a practical and innovative way.

 

New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Electrical Engineering)

4 years part-time (but can be flexible) / Starts February or July / On campus (Dunedin)

Electrical Engineers design, develop, manage and maintain circuitry and equipment for power generation and distribution, building services, machine control and robotics. By studying electrical engineering, you can look forward to roles in areas such as project management, maintenance management, or contract management as well as general hands-on electrical engineering problem-solving. There is presently a significant shortage of trained engineers and qualified technicians are in high demand for their skills and experience.

 

Bachelor of Engineering Technology

Part-time options (3 years full-time) / Starts February or July / On campus (Dunedin)

Prepare to become an Engineering Technologist, specialising in Civil, Mechanical or Electrical Engineering. Engineering Technologists are in high demand around the world and with hard work and a responsible attitude, you could set your sights on project management or consultancy roles in your particular fields. During this hands-on programme, you'll gain skills in management, economics, communications, problem-solving and critical thinking, while developing a deep understanding of the principles and practical application of modern technology in your area of specialisation.

English Language

New Zealand Certificate in English Language (General) (Level 3)

Part-time options (17 weeks full-time) / Starts February or July / On campus (Dunedin)

For speakers who can already use intermediate-level English in everyday settings but want to improve their English for work.

Event Management

Graduate Diploma in Event Management  

Part-time options available (1 year full-time) / Starts February or July / On campus (Dunedin)

Are you organised and good at planning fun parties and informative events? Do you enjoy tackling a new challenge and having a job where every day is different? You could be suited for a career in event management. Undertake this programme and get all the skills you need to plan, organise, promote and run events, conferences and functions for a variety of organisations, communities, groups and individuals.

Gym and Personal Training

New Zealand Certificate in Exercise (Level 4)

1 year part-time / Starts February or July / On campus in Dunedin

Learn how to teach functional exercise movements whilst gaining a clear understanding of human anatomy and physiology. Discover how the role of behavioural change can lead to lasting results for your clients. With hands-on teaching in our purpose-built gym and real industry work experience, you will gain the skills and knowledge to become a first-class exercise professional.

 

New Zealand Certificate in Exercise (Level 5)

1 year part-time / Starts February or July / On campus in Dunedin

Get the specialised skills and knowledge you need to become a Personal Trainer. With this practical qualification, you’ll discover how to plan, implement and evaluate specific exercise programmes tailored to your clients’ needs and abilities. This programme will also take you through nutrition and behaviour, so you will become fully prepared to work with clients in a holistic manner.

Information Technology

New Zealand Certificate in Information Technology Essentials (Level 4)

1 year part-time / Starts February or July / On campus in Dunedin 

40 weeks part-time / Starts monthly / Fully online with our partner, eCampusNZ

Develop foundation skills in IT and gain practical experience in this industry. This certificate will also guarantee you entry into our Bachelor of Information Technology programme. Study web development, hardware, programming, operating systems, and the internet.

 

Bachelor of Information Technology

Part-time options (3 years full-time) / Starts February or July /On campus in Dunedin

Learn what IT professionals do and build the communication skills you need to work effectively in the industry. During this hands-on degree, you'll cover a broad general knowledge of IT and then focus on an area that interests you most. Through a series of projects, you'll gain industry-relevant techniques so you can hit the ground running.

 

Graduate Certificate in Information Technology (Level 7)

12-18 months part-time / Starts February or July / On campus in Dunedin

This certificate is ideal for those who have a degree in another subject and want to develop their computing skills or for IT graduates who want to enhance their knowledge in a specialist area. This programme can also be studied part-time alongside full-time employment and can be tailored to suit your needs.

 

Graduate Diploma in Information Technology (Level 7)

2-3 years part-time / Starts February or July / On campus in Dunedin

Study IT in this flexible programme - the perfect way to add computing skills to your CV while engaged in full-time employment. This diploma will give you the opportunity to specialise in interactive media, hardware, programming, databases, communications, business or networks/operating systems.

Leadership and Management

New Zealand Diploma in Business (Level 5) (Leadership and Management)

72 weeks part-time / Starts monthly / Fully online with our partner, eCampus

There is more to management than being a good leader. It means having an understanding of the complexities of management processes, planning and the New Zealand business environment. If you’re keen to add to your skillset, this programme could be your answer. Amongst other things, you will learn how to lead others to implement activities that lead to high productivity, manage projects within scope, resources and time, and develop a positive workplace culture and team engagement.

 

Bachelor of Applied Management

Part-time options available (3 years full-time) / Starts February or July / On campus (Dunedin)

Gain a business degree based in real-world knowledge and develop the skills and capabilities to work in a range of management environments at operational and strategic levels. You can specialise in an area that interests you such as Sales and Marketing, Strategic Management or Human Resource Management, or develop your own path of study with the Programme Leader.

 

Graduate Diploma in Applied Management  

Part-time options available (1 year full-time) / Starts February or July / On campus (Dunedin)

This programme allows you to focus on a specific area of business that interests you most. Areas of focus include Business Transformation and Change, Event Management, Human Resource Management, Sales and Marketing, Strategic Management or Tourism Management. If you’ve got a degree in a particular area, this is a great chance to enhance it with some business skills to widen your career options.

 

Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Management

Part-time options available (6 months full-time) / Starts February / On campus (Dunedin)

The demand for management roles is expected to grow quickly over the next ten years. There is also an increasing demand for people within these roles to hold higher level qualifications. So, a postgraduate qualification will give you a competitive advantage. This programme will improve your management ability with course options such as Project Management, Analytics for Managers and Financial Decision Making. You begin with two compulsory courses - Capabilities for Managers, and Research and Enquiry - and then choose another two electives. The flexibility of this qualification allows you to match your learning with particular employment opportunities you may have identified.

 

Master of Applied Management (Business Management)

Part-time options available (18 months full-time) / Starts February or July / On campus (Dunedin)

If you want to gain a thorough understanding of management, this is the programme for you. You will have the flexibility to choose between research or an applied approach to fit your learning needs. Whatever your career plans, you will gain the specialised management and leadership knowledge to be an effective leader.

Resolving conflict

Graduate Diploma in Conflict Resolution

5 years part-time / Starts February or July / Online with face-to-face workshops (at Dunedin Campus)

Do you face disputes in your workplace? Would learning skills and strategies on how to work through conflict help you grow personally and professionally? This brand-new qualification will equip you with the tools and methods to reduce stress related to resolving disputes, improve your relationship management skills, hone your negotiation and mediation skills, and learn how to deal with client or customer issues. The online weekly classes will be delivered after typical working hours to ensure this can work around most people's weekly schedules. 

Get in touch

If you want to chat about the best option for you, please phone 0800 762 786 or email us using the button below.