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.
- Domestic fee (first year): $6,936 though you may be eligible for Fees Free
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.
- 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
- New Zealand Diploma in Business (Level 5) (offered at our Dunedin Campus)
- New Zealand Certificate in Business (Administration and Technology) (Level 4) (offered at our Dunedin Campus or online via our TANZ eCampus)
- New Zealand Certificate in Tourism (Level 4) (Operations) (offered at our Dunedin Campus)
- 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).
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.
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).
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.
Core papers (all 15 credits)
Leadership and Management strand papers (all 15 credits)
Accounting strand papers (all 15 credits)
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
Business Heritage, Culture and Sustainability
Introduction to Marketing
Event Planning and Management
Market Development and Sales
Services Marketing Management
Principles of Leadership
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.