Otago Polytechnic

Bachelor of Applied Management


Dunedin or Auckland. The Auckland-based programme is for international students ONLY.

Three years full-time; part-time options for domestic students only

On campus with an internship that can be completed in New Zealand or anywhere in the world

Dunedin: February and July Auckland: January, March, June, August and October
until start date (Dunedin); anytime (Auckland)
  • Location
    Study breaks
  • Auckland International Campus
    15 January 2018
    18 May 2018 - 5 June 2018
    9 March 2018 - 26 March 2018
    27 July 2018 - 13 August 2018
  • Auckland International Campus
    26 March 2018
    27 July 2018 - 13 August 2018
    18 May 2018 - 5 June 2018
    5 October 2018 - 23 October 2018
  • Auckland International Campus
    5 June 2018
    5 October 2018 - 23 October 2018
    27 July 2018 - 13 August 2018
    14 December 2018 - 14 January 2019
  • Auckland International Campus
    13 August 2018
    14 December 2018 - 14 January 2019
    5 October 2018 - 23 October 2018
    8 March 2019 - 25 March 2019
  • Auckland International Campus
    23 October 2018
    8 March 2019 - 25 March 2019
    14 December 2018 - 14 January 2019
    17 May 2019 - 4 June 2019
  • CapableNZ
    1 January 2018
  • Auckland International Campus
    14 January 2019
    17 May 2019 - 4 June 2019
    8 March 2019 - 25 March 2019
    26 July 2019 - 12 August 2019
  • Auckland International Campus
    25 March 2019
    26 July 2019 - 12 August 2019
    17 May 2019 - 4 June 2019
    4 October 2019 - 21 October 2019
  • Auckland International Campus
    4 June 2019
    4 October 2019 - 21 October 2019
    26 July 2019 - 12 August 2019
    13 December 2019 - 13 January 2020
  • Auckland International Campus
    12 August 2019
    13 December 2019 - 13 January 2020
    4 October 2019 - 21 October 2019
    6 March 2020 - 23 March 2020
  • Auckland International Campus
    21 October 2019
    6 March 2020 - 23 March 2020
    13 December 2019 - 13 January 2020
    15 May 2020 - 1 June 2020
  • Dunedin
    18 February 2019
    14 May 2019 - 1 June 2019
    16 April 2018 - 27 April 2018
    1 October 2018 - 12 October 2018
Want to gain the understanding and expertise to work in a range of dynamic management environments at operational and strategic levels?

Gain a business degree based in real world knowledge. This programme has industry experience at its centre, incorporating case studies, workplace-based or focused assignments, and a significant internship and associated research project. You will develop the understanding, skills and capabilities to work in a range of management environments at operational and strategic levels.

During your second year, you can choose to choose to specialise in up to two majors or form your own coherent path of study in discussion with your Programme Leader. 

Don't want to study the full qualification? No problem. You can study courses from the Bachelor of Applied Management online via the TANZ eCampus

At our Auckland International Campus, this programme is delivered through the Future Skills Academy due to a sub-contract arrangement between Otago Polytechnic and the provider.

Fee information

The tuition fees shown in the right-hand column are part of the Government’s Key Information for Students (KIS). This data is pulled from a database that the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) control. It is based on an average fee from the previous year.

This means there is always a difference between the TEC/KIS fee shown and Otago Polytechnic’s current indicative fee (other reasons also affect the KIS data such as fee reductions for students granted Recognition of Prior Learning). Due to this, the indicative fee below is the best guide for prospective students.

Information about compulsory student services levy >

Please note: The KIS data only applies to domestic students. Up-to-date international student fees can be found by clicking the International tab in the top right corner of this page.  

Entry requirements 
  • If you are under 20, you must have:
  • NCEA Level 3 including:
    • 14 credits at Level 3 or above in three NZQA approved university entrance subjects, and
    • Literacy-10 credits at Level 2 or above, made up of:
      • 5 credits in reading and 5 credits in writing, and
    • Numeracy-10 credits at Level 1 or above, made up of:
      • specified achievement standards available through a range of subjects OR
      • package of three numeracy unit standards (26623, 26626, 26627- all three required).
  • If you are over 20, you must supply evidence of industry experience and/or alternative qualifications such as the New Zealand Diploma in Business.
  • International students will be individually assessed to ensure they meet degree-level entry requirements. Click here for equivalent academic entry requirements by country.


All students (international and domestic) for whom English is not a first language:

  • must demonstrate English Language skills with an IELTS overall band score (academic) of 6.0, with no band score lower than 5.5 OR
  • must provide acceptable alternative evidence of English language proficiency depending on the visa decline rate of the country you are from. See here for acceptable evidence and visa decline rates by country.

Please note: All scores must be achieved in a single test completed in the preceding two years. You cannot combine scores from multiple tests. If you have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance you are not required to provide evidence of English Language skills.


Pathways into this programme
  1. New Zealand Diploma in Business (Level 5) (offered at our Dunedin Campus)
  2. New Zealand Certificate in Business (Administration and Technology) (Level 4) (offered at our Dunedin Campus or online via our TANZ eCampus)
  3. New Zealand Certificate in Tourism (Level 4) (Operations) (offered at our Dunedin Campus)
  4. Bridging to business programme (offered at our Dunedin and Auckland International Campus) 
Want your existing skills recognised?

If you have extensive knowledge and skills due to practical experience in business, please enquire about our recognition of prior learning process. You may have already gained credits towards this qualification. Read more about studying the Bachelor of Applied Management via Capable NZ here

Studying at our Dunedin Campus

During this degree, you will complete your study through a range of integrated experiential projects, applied teaching and assessment. The emphasis is on team/group work and the development of your skills and capabilities. You may specialise in up to two majors from your second year or develop your own coherent path of study (approved by the Programme Leader). 

You also have the opportunity to study short term for one or two semesters at one of our partner universities overseas (including in the USA, Germany and Hong Kong).

First year

Complete all the core papers and then choose either the Leadership and Management strand or Accounting strand. You must complete all the core papers and the four strand papers to progress.

Second year

For a single major, you must complete three Level 6 papers (of a specified major, two core papers and another three elective papers at any level. For a double major, you must complete six Level 6 papers from two majors and two core papers (no electives are required).

Third year

You need to study two Level 7 papers for your major and two further elective papers at Level 7 OR if you’re studying a double major, you need to select two Level 7 papers for each major (i.e. four altogether). You must also complete an internship project and a full semester paper (this paper cannot be studied until all of your other papers have been successfully completed.

First year

Second year

Third year

Core papers (all 15 credits)

  • Business Functions 
  • Business Environment 
  • Organisations in a New Zealand Context
  • Principles of Change 

Leadership and Management strand papers (all 15 credits)

  • Organisational Planning 
  • Organisational Management and Compliance 
  • Leadership 
  • Project Management 

Accounting strand papers (all 15 credits)

  • Preparation and Analysis of Financial Statements 
  • Planning and Managing Financial Performance 
  • Financial Accounting 
  • Tax and Managing Financial Risk 

Research Methodology

Applied Management

Plus six papers at Level 6

Four papers at Level 7





You will need to purchase some textbooks during this programme and also cover any costs associated with field trips.

Studying at our Auckland International Campus

If you are an international student and choose to study this programme in Auckland, you will be able to choose between two majors Hotel Management and Sales and Marketing. You’ll develop the understanding and skills to work in a range of management environments at operational and strategic levels.

You will learn by looking at case studies, completing workplace assignments and a major research project. In addition, you will receive assistance with part-time job placement during your studies and with job placement upon successful completion of your degree. 

You will complete a 400-hour internship, gaining hands-on experience and developing important industry and business connections.

You will need to purchase some textbooks during this programme.

First year (Level 5)

Second year (Level 6)

Third year (Level 7)

Introduction to Accounting

Professional Communication

Business Heritage, Culture and Sustainability

Commercial Law


Introduction to Marketing

Business Computing


Accounting Practices

Applied Management

Research Methodology


Event Planning and Management

Market Development and Sales

Accounting Practices 

Human Resources

Services Marketing Management

Principles of Leadership

Strategic Management

International Marketing

Business Transformation

and Change


Majors available 

You may specialise in up to two majors from your second year or develop your own coherent path of study (approved by the Programme Leader). For those studying in Auckland, you can choose between Hotel Management or Sales and Marketing.

Please note: Not all of the listed majors will be offered every year. The option of a non-specified major is also available. Selection of your major(s) does not occur until you commence your second year studies.

Business Transformation and Change

Explore how new technology, optimised processes, emerging business models and employee-consumer behaviour interact to create sustainable and differentiated enterprises. Career opportunities include project leadership, change management, advisory roles, coaching, training/learning and development, strategic planning, performance management and organisational development roles.

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.

Hotel Management

This major will ensure that you are well-suited for employment in a supervisory or management capacity within the accommodation, hospitality and tourism-related sectors, including hotels, resorts, restaurants, events and convention centres. You could even think about setting up your own small business. You will be able to use your knowledge to evaluate operational matters and to implement processes across a range of specialist areas including operations management and marketing services.

Human Resource Management

With a strong applied human resources focus, this programme is ideal if you wish to specialise and find start an HR career. 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.

Sales and Marketing

Marketing and selling products and services in today's competitive business environment requires a sophisticated and unique skill set. A sales and marketing degree specialisation allows you to acquire the expertise to work in a variety of career fields such as sales, advertising, marketing, promotions and public relations.

Strategic Management

Ideal if you wish to develop a portable set of management experiences applicable to a wide range of industries, this major has an applied approach focusing on the strategic nature of business 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.


Your workload

In your first year, course work will require approximately 30 hours of both directed and self-directed study per week. As you progress through the qualification, directed study hours are reduced as your study becomes much more self-directed. 

Further study options

Acquire advanced business management skills and knowledge through postgraduate study in management. For international students, we offer the Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Management at our Auckland International Campus.

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.  


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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