Otago Polytechnic

Graduate Diploma in Applied Management (Dunedin or Central Otago; domestic students only in Central)


Dunedin (domestic or international) or Central Otago (domestic only)

One year full-time; part-time options (for domestic students only)

On campus with an industry project 

February and July
Until start date
  • Location
    Study breaks
  • CapableNZ
    1 January 2019
  • Dunedin
    17 February 2020
    27 June 2020 - 19 July 2020
    10 April 2020 - 27 April 2020
    26 September 2020 - 11 October 2020
  • Dunedin
    20 July 2020
    26 September 2020 - 11 October 2020
Want to learn more about specific areas 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 to broaden your management understanding and capabilities.

Gain vital practical experience with a significant industry-based research project. 

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. 

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

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 provide:

If you need to improve your English Language skills, we offer a wide range of English programmes.

Additional documentation

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

Additional costs

You will be required to purchase some textbooks during this programme and also cover any costs associated with fieldtrips.

You will study - Dunedin (domestic and international)

Discuss a personalised, coherent path of study with the Programme Leader. You may specialise in a specific major or study a generic Applied Management pathway. To specialise, you must have studied Research Methodology (or have an understanding of this). If you have not done so, you must undertake the generic programme and include the Research Methodology course in your study.

You will study:

  • Applied Management (Level 6)
  • Research Methodology (Level 6)
  • Any two courses from the Level 6 Bachelor of Applied Management schedule
  • Any two courses from the Level 7 Bachelor of Applied Management schedule
  • Industry Project (Level 7)

If you have already studied Research Methodology, you will substitute this for another paper at Level 6.  If you wish to study a Graduate Diploma with a major, you will study the three papers at Level 6 and the two papers at Level 7 for the major and the Industry Project.

You will study - Central Otago (domestic only) 

In Central Otago, the programme is composed of a fixed schedule of study.




Contemporary Issues in Organisations
Implementing Sustainable Practices


Managing Decision Making Processes
Information for Managerial Use


Market Development and Sales
Organisational Research and Design


Industry Project (Work Placement)
Individual Student Meetings











Managerial Decision Processes
(Level 6, 15 Credits)

Develop the ability to contribute to a team which conceptualises, investigates and proposes feasible solutions to resolve organisational challenges.

Market Development and Sales 
(Level 6, 15 Credits)

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.

Information for Managerial Use 
(Level 6, 15 Credits)

Develop the ability to acquire, analyse and use business intelligence, information and data from various reliable sources to aid in managerial decision-making.

Implementing sustainable practice 
(Level 7, 15 Credits)

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

Organisational Research Design
(15 Credits)

Develop the ability to conceptualise and scope an investigation in order to research an organisational challenge or opportunity.

Contemporary Issues in Organisations 
(Level 7, 15 Credits)

Learn how to critically examine, analyse and evaluate contemporary dynamic issues reflected in a specific industry within the last two years.

Industry Project
(Level 7, 45 Credits) 

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.

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. 

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. 

Recognition of prior learning

If you have extensive knowledge and skills due to practical experience in business, enquire about our recognition of prior learning process at Capable NZ. You may have already gained credits towards this 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.

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