Master of Applied Management (Business Management)

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.

About the programme

Successful completion of this advanced programme will enable you to confidently engage with research and its application across a range of disciplines within the applied management context.

Graduates of this qualification are critical thinkers, effective problem solvers, future-focused and apply specialised management and leadership knowledge and capabilities to new situations within the field of business management. 

Management occupations are projected to grow rapidly over the next ten years leading to an increasing need for management professionals and there is also an increasing demand for those professionals to hold higher level qualifications. Applicants for these roles are therefore at a considerable advantage with a postgraduate qualification.

This qualification offers you two pathway options: Professional Project and Coursework, or Research Thesis. 

Studying part-time 

We know full-time study isn't always possible. We offer this programme with part-time options - talk to us about what suits you best!

You will study (in Dunedin)

This option is available for both domestic and international students and has two pathway options

1. Professional Project and coursework

Complete the four compulsory courses listed below plus Professional Project (45 credits, Level 9) and five courses at Level 8 and Level 9 (at least two courses must be at Level 9) from the electives list. 

2. Research Thesis

Complete the four compulsory courses listed below plus Research Thesis (120 credits, Level 9).

Compulsory courses
Course name Course description Level Credits

Capabilities for Managers

Gain a critical awareness of the skills needed to manage complex organisations

 8

 

15

Research and Enquiry

Achieve the skills needed to undertake small-scale professional projects within organisations

 8

 

 15

 

Analytics for Managers 

Achieve the skills needed to critically evaluate data for decision making within applied management

8

 

15

 

Project Management 

Develop critical analysis and application skills in project management 

8

 

15

 

Elective courses 
Elective name  Description  Level  Credits 

Entrepreneurship and Innovation 

 

Learn how to analyse the processes associated with managing entrepreneurship and innovation within both new ventures and existing firms and to assess the significant issues associated with utilising these managerial concepts to optimise organisational performance

8

 

15

 

Marketing in a Digital Age

Gain the marketing management capabilities necessary to organise and manage for growth and profitability in a digital age 

8

15

Applied Human Resource Management 

Gain the skills needed for management of human resources within contemporary Aotearoa/New Zealand organisations

8

 

15

 

Financial Decision Making 

Enables you to apply the concepts, theory and analytical techniques of finance to investment, financing and dividend decisions of a firm

8

 

15

 

Managing Change and Adversity

Critically analyse the processes associated with achieving organisational growth, effective management of change, and the implementation of actions to respond to adversity, including how iwi/Māori organisations have managed post settlement growth

9

 

15

You will study (in Auckland or online)  

This option is only available for international students and has three pathway options

1. Coursework

Complete the four compulsory courses listed below plus eight other courses (including at least three Level 9 courses) from the electives list.

2. Professional Project and coursework

Complete the four compulsory courses listed below plus Professional Project (45 credits, Level 9) and five courses at Level 8 and Level 9 (at least two courses must be at Level 9) from the electives list. 

3. Research Thesis

Complete the four compulsory courses listed below plus Research Thesis (120 credits, Level 9). 

Compulsory courses 
Course name Course description Level Credits

Capabilities for Managers

Gain a critical awareness of the skills needed to manage complex organisations

8

15 

Research and Enquiry

Achieve the skills needed to undertake small-scale professional projects within organisations

8

15 

Analytics for Managers 

Achieve the skills needed to critically evaluate data for decision making within applied management

8

15 

Project Management

Develop critical analysis and application skills in project management 

8

15

Elective courses
Elective name Description  Level  Credits 

Developing Effective Organisations

Gain a critical understanding of organisational development theory and practice in organisational contexts including Iwi/Māori organisations

8

15

Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Learn how to analyse the processes associated with managing entrepreneurship and innovation within both new ventures and existing firms and to assess the significant issues associated with utilising these managerial concepts to optimise organisational performance

15 

Managing for Sustainability 

Develop sustainable practice capabilities and learn how to apply these capabilities to a variety of applied settings as a sustainable practice manager

15

Marketing in a Digital Age

Gain the marketing management capabilities necessary to organise and manage for growth and profitability in a digital age 

15 

Financial Decision Making 

Enables you to apply the concepts, theory and analytical techniques of finance to investment, financing and dividend decisions of a firm

8

15

Applied Human Resource Management

Gain the skills needed for management of human resources within contemporary Aotearoa/New Zealand organisations

8

15

Cross-cultural Management 

Develop the capabilities to evaluate the issues that arise in the leadership of organisations when managers address culturally-determined differences in employee values, attitudes and behaviours

15 

Corporate Governance and Leadership 

Evaluate complex corporate governance and leadership challenges in the context of different ownership structures. This will include governance and leadership models in the context of indigenous organisations, and the importance of the Treaty of Waitangi

15 

Managing Change and Adversity 

Critically analyse the processes associated with achieving organisational growth, effective management of change, and the implementation of actions to respond to adversity, including how iwi/Māori organisations have managed post settlement growth

15 

Management of Information Systems

To enable students to understand how information systems should be managed in order to assist in the achievement of the strategic goals of organisations.

9  

15

Further study options

This qualification prepares you for further postgraduate study. Alternatively, it also prepares you to advance your career or enhance your own organisation.

A change for 2023 enrolments

When you apply to study with Otago Polytechnic in 2023, you will be enrolled with Te Pūkenga, the new national network of vocational and applied education in Aotearoa New Zealand. You will learn in the same way, in the same place, and with the same people. The great news is that this enables us to share skills and knowledge across a network of passionate education providers, to better help you succeed. Enrolling in programmes that start in 2023, means that you will graduate with a Te Pūkenga 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.