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

This programme is for international students only. It's very practical and, with courses such as Business Environment, Leadership and Organisational Planning, will give you the skills you need to make you a valued employee who can contribute from day one in an organisation.


This programme teaches you to think conceptually and to adapt to change. It's designed to allow you to: 

  • apply a broad range of generic business knowledge and skills as well as specialised knowledge and skills in your selected field of business
  • be proactive to changes in the local, national and global business environment
  • demonstrate business skills including problem solving, decision-making, negotiating, and using technology effectively
  • develop and manage innovative approaches to business practice
  • practice business in a legal, sustainable, ethical and culturally-appropriate manner
  • appreciate the impact of different cultures on business practice in New Zealand 
  • communicate, collaborate and build networks effectively with a diverse range of individuals, teams and organisations
  • gather and select information from a diverse range of sources to inform business practice
  • take responsibility for continued learning and career development. 

You will study eight courses during this programme, each worth 15 credits. 

  • Business Functions
  • Business Environment
  • Organisations in a New Zealand Context
  • Principles of Change 
  • Organisational Planning
  • Organisational Management and Compliance
  • Leadership
  • Project Management.

*The online version of this programme is the Open Polytechnic programme. Otago Polytechnic is accredited to offer this to online students. The qualification will be awarded by Otago Polytechnic. 

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.


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.