Otago Polytechnic

BUSINESS

Human resources management

Human resource management is the process of managing employees, developing policies relating to the workplace, and developing strategies to retain employees.

Responsibilities include recruitment, health and safety, employee wellbeing, performance management and remuneration, learning and development, employment relations and policy development.

CAREER OUTCOMES

A human resource advisor work in a wide range of organisations, environments and industries. Employment opportunities include Human Resources Advisor, Employment Relations Specialist, Industry Training Advisor, Recruitment Consultant, Health and Safety Manager, Talent Manager, Union Relations, Applications Specialist​ or Organisational Development Manager

Learners may need higher levels of study for progressing into some speciality career roles. Learn more about the NZ qualification level.

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CERTIFICATE

New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) Business context

  • Dunedin and Auckland (international students only)
  • Dunedin: One semester full-time; Auckland: 17 weeks full-time
  • Level 4
  • Starts Dunedin: February and July; Auckland: January, March, June, August and October
  • Apply until start date

Want to gain the skills needed for higher level learning? This Certificate will teach you what is needed for diploma- and degree-level study in a business context. Successful completion will guarantee you entry into the New Zealand Diploma in Business (Level 5), New Zealand Diploma in Tourism and Travel (Level 5) or the Bachelor of Applied Management as long as you meet the stated English Language requirements for the specific programme,

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DIPLOMA

New Zealand Diploma in Business (Human Resources Management) (Level 5)

  • Online
  • 36 weeks full-time | 72 weeks part-time
  • Level 5
  • Starts monthly
  • Apply anytime

Kick-start your career in Human Resources! Graduate with the skills and knowledge to be employed in entry-level Human Resource roles in a range of business entities. You could also apply what you learn to supervisory or first-line management roles.

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BACHELOR

Bachelor of Applied Management

  • Dunedin or Auckland (international students only)
  • Three years full-time*
  • Level 7
  • Starts Dunedin: February and July; Auckland: January, March, June, August and October
  • Apply until start date (Dunedin); anytime (Auckland)

Develop fundamental management understanding and skills that will allow you to work in a range of management roles. This is a fantastic opportunity to gain a well-respected business degree as this programme has industry experiences at its centre. A Capable NZ option is available for those with relevant work experience and in Dunedin you can specialise in up to two majors from your second year.

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GRADUATE

Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management

  • Dunedin
  • One year full-time*
  • Level 7
  • Starts February
  • Apply until start date

Useful for people who may be in management/leadership positions and want to enhance their capabilities in these roles or for those who wish to embark on a career in human resources management. You could work in a wide range of organisations, environments and industries, finding employment as a Human Resources Coordinator or Advisor, Team Leader, Supervisor or Office Manager. Apply your cumulative learning in a practical industry project which will enable you to develop important industry and business connections.

Graduate Diploma in Applied Management

  • Dunedin
  • One year full time; part-time options
  • Level 7
  • Starts February and July
  • Apply until start date

Want to learn more about a specific area of management to complement your existing degree or career aspirations? Gain vital practical experience with a significant industry-based research project and graduate with a solid understanding of the dynamic environment in which managers operate.

Graduate Diploma in Applied Management (Auckland - international students only)

  • Auckland (international students only)
  • One year full-time
  • Level 7
  • Starts January, March, June, August and October
  • Apply anytime

Complete an intensive programme of business study to prepare you for a career in business internationally. Undertake a valuable 200-hour industry project enabling you to gain vital practical experience.

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POSTGRADUATE

Doctor of Professional Practice

  • Throughout New Zealand
  • Three years full-time (up to seven years part-time)
  • Level 9 - 10
  • Starts Flexible
  • Apply anytime

Are you an advanced practitioner who is ready to achieve a doctoral qualification while making a significant contribution to their organisation, hapū, iwi, community or professional area? The DPP captures emergent knowledge relevant to the candidate’s work and relevant for work contexts, integrating work-based knowledge with disciplinary knowledge to create new knowledge.

Master of Applied Management

  • Auckland (international students only)
  • 18 months full-time
  • Level 9
  • Starts January, March, June, August and October
  • Apply now

This qualification offers you three pathway options: Coursework, Professional Project and Coursework, or Research Thesis. Graduates of the programme are critical thinkers, effective problem solvers, future-focused and apply specialised management and leadership knowledge and capabilities to new situations within the field of business management.

Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Management

  • Auckland (international students only)
  • One year
  • Level 8
  • Starts January, March, June, August and October
  • Apply now

Majoring in Business Management, this qualification will enable you to extend and deepen your knowledge and understanding of current management capabilities and issues through experiential learning strategies and reflective practice. This qualification is only available to international students.

Master of Applied Management

  • Auckland (international students only)
  • 18 months full-time
  • Level 9
  • Starts January, March, June, August and October
  • Apply now

This qualification offers you three pathway options: Coursework, Professional Project and Coursework, or Research Thesis. Graduates of the programme are critical thinkers, effective problem solvers, future-focused and apply specialised management and leadership knowledge and capabilities to new situations within the field of business management.