Otago Polytechnic

Graduate Diploma in Operations and Production Management


Auckland International Campus

This programme is only open to international students 

One year full-time

On campus 

January, March, June, August or October

Operations management focuses on the management of people and resources through systematic management and feedback. 

During this programme, you will learn how to:

  • examine the requirements for the effective management of the cross-functional activities in new product and service development
  • critically evaluate appropriate tools and methods for achieving the best outcomes
  • integrate resources and expertise required at various levels for business operations, technical management, project management and production of goods or services. 

You will also have the opportunity to apply your knowledge to a real-world business. 

This programme could lead to diverse careers in several industries as many organisations need people who can optimise processes to ensure effective and efficient operations and production management. 

Auckland study block dates >

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 costs 

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

You will study 
Compulsory courses Level Credits
Project Management 6 15
Intermediate Management Accounting 6 15
Operations Management 6 15
Advanced Project Management 7 15
Resource Integration Management 7 15
Organisational Research Design 7 15
Industry Project 7 30
Your workload

You will be expected to spend about 38 hours per week (or 300 hours per study block) on your course work. This includes both scheduled class time and self-directed study. Some of these hours may be spent in a workplace gaining hands-on experience and developing important industry and business connections.

Further study options 

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

Useful resources 
Recognition of Prior Learning 

If you already have extensive knowledge and skills gained from practical experience in this area, enquire about our recognition of prior learning process at Capable NZ. You may have already gained credits towards this qualification in the course of your life. www.capablenz.ac.nz 


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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