Otago Polytechnic

Graduate Diploma in Applied Management - Auckland or Central Otago delivery


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

One year full-time

On campus with an industry project

Auckland - January, March, June, August and October; Central Otago - February and October
  • Location
    Study breaks
  • Auckland - International Student Only
    15 January 2018
    18 May 2018 - 5 June 2018
    5 October 2018 - 23 October 2018
    9 March 2018 - 26 March 2018
    27 July 2018 - 13 August 2018
  • Auckland - International Student Only
    26 March 2018
    27 July 2018 - 13 August 2018
    14 December 2018 - 14 January 2019
    18 May 2018 - 5 June 2018
    5 October 2018 - 23 October 2018
  • Auckland - International Student Only
    5 June 2018
    5 October 2018 - 23 October 2018
    8 March 2019 - 28 March 2019
    27 July 2018 - 13 August 2018
    14 December 2018 - 14 January 2019
  • Auckland - International Student Only
    13 August 2018
    14 December 2018 - 14 January 2019
    17 May 2019 - 4 June 2019
    5 October 2018 - 23 October 2018
    8 March 2019 - 25 March 2019
  • Auckland - International Student Only
    23 October 2018
    8 March 2019 - 25 March 2019
    26 July 2019 - 12 August 2019
    14 December 2018 - 14 January 2019
    17 May 2019 - 4 June 2019
Want to learn more about a specific area of management to complement your existing degree or career aspirations?

Then this is the qualification for you. Complete an intensive programme of generic business study or study in a specific area of business management. Graduates will have a sound understanding of the dynamic environment in which managers operate, enabling them to apply that knowledge at organisational and strategic levels in a range of industries and organisations. Undertake a significant industry-based research project, coupled with a 200-hour internship enabling you to gain vital practical experience.

Entry requirements
  • A bachelor's degree in any discipline OR equivalent skills/experience.
  • You may NOT enrol in a major that you have already studied at undergraduate level.  
  • International students will be individually assessed to ensure they meet the entry requirements. Click here for equivalent academic entry requirements by country.
  • If English is not your first language, you must also demonstrate English language skills equivalent to an IELTS overall band score (academic) of 6.0, with no less than 5.5 in any other band.
  • Successful completion of our New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 4) programme is an acceptable equivalent. 
Additional documentation

You must supply certified copies of proof of identify, academic records and proof of residency (where appropriate).

Selection procedure

Eligible applicants will be accepted as received.

Additional costs

You should allow $80-$150 per paper for required text books. This will be approximately $500 per year.

You will study

You will study three papers at level 6, including two compulsory papers and one elective, and three papers at level 7, including one compuslory paper and two electives.

Level 6 - Compulsory papers

Applied Management

Students will develop competency through applying management concepts.

Research Methodology

To introduce students to the key analytical tools used within business and the implications for managerial decisions. Students will learn to apply appropriate research methodologies to identify and solve a business related problem.

Level 6 - Elective papers (choose one)


Students will acquire a broad overview of the principles, theories and practice of entrepreneurship and analyse the significance of entrepreneurial activity to economic well-being. They will explore the key resources, skills, techniques, attitudes and ethics required to operate successfully in an entrepreneurial environment. Students will also examine the role of governments and other regulatory bodies in fostering entrepreneurial activity.

Market Development and Sales

To enable students to understand and apply the principles and practices of personal selling, the importance of personal selling to organisational performance, personal selling and sales people in New Zealand, competencies needed to successfully manage the sales function, and various systems and processes that support it.

Accounting Practices (this is a Level 5 paper)

Students will record and process financial transactions and prepare financial statements and cash budgets for entities in accordance with current accounting practices.

Services Marketing Management

Students will understand the roles, functions and application of services marketing management within contemporary New Zealand organisations. They will explore the key resources, skills, techniques, attitudes and ethics required to operate successfully in a range of service environments.

Principles of Leadership

Study leadership concepts and apply principles of leadership. Students will create a personal plan to develop leadership capabilities.

Human Resources

Learn about the roles, functions and application of human resource management within contemporary New Zealand organisations. Among other things, you will create an effective recruitment and selection strategy, develop a formal induction programme, and learn about performance and rewards management. 

Event Planning and 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. Study courses such as Event Marketing and Sponsorship and Project Management.

Level 7 - Compulsory paper

Industry Project (The workload of this paper is equivalent to that of three papers)

You will also complete a 200-hour industry project, gaining hands-on experience and developing important industry and business connections. For this project, you may focus on an area of specific interest to you such as strategic management, human resource management, sales and marketing or hotel and tourism management.

Level 7 - Elective papers (choose any two)

Strategic Management

Focus on the strategic nature of business management through an applied approach. Ideal if you wish to develop a portable set of management experiences applicable to a wide range of industries. Study courses such as Services Marketing Management and Business and Society.

Business Transformation and Change

Build your knowledge of business/ performance excellence concepts and issues, acquire practical skills in processes and tools for improvement, and explore how they can be applied effectively within real-world contexts. Study courses such as Principles of Leadership and Organisational Behaviour.

Implementing Sustainable Practice

Understand the mechanisms of social change, and gain action competence skills required to implement a social/environmental action.

International Marketing

Gain an understanding of marketing from an international perspective. Learn about how increased access to new markets increases opportunities and threats that marketers face in the gloabl context. Understand cultural issues and learn to communicate effectively to different target audiences. Examine a range of case studies from varied countries to analyse trends and marketing issues in an international context and see theoretical frameworks and theories in action.

Managing for Growth

Learn to critically evaluate the challenges of managing chnage in organisations that aspire to pursue high growth, innovation, globalisation and/or entrepreneurial strategies. Understand key concepts including the impact and imprint of the owner/key executive on the company, and the development of cross-functional systems that lead to sustainable growth.

Your workload

Your programme of study will generally include lectures and seminars/ tutorials. You will be expected to contribute at least 20 hours per week of your own time in self-directed study to allow for successful completion of the qualification.

Further study options

Progress into higher levels of learning and enhance your employment potential with postgraduate study in Management.  


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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