Otago Polytechnic

Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Management (Business Management)



This programme is for international students only. 

One year full-time

On campus 

January, March, June, August and October
  • Location
    Study breaks
  • Auckland International Campus
    25 January 2021
    17 May 2021 - 4 June 2021
    8 March 2021 - 19 March 2021
    2 August 2021 - 13 August 2021
  • Auckland International Campus
    22 March 2021
    2 August 2021 - 13 August 2021
    17 May 2021 - 4 June 2021
    11 October 2021 - 22 October 2021
  • Auckland International Campus
    7 June 2021
    11 October 2021 - 22 October 2021
    2 August 2021 - 13 August 2021
    20 December 2021 - 7 January 2022
  • Auckland International Campus
    16 August 2021
    20 December 2021 - 7 January 2022
    11 October 2021 - 22 October 2021
    7 March 2022 - 18 March 2022
  • Auckland International Campus
    18 October 2021
    7 March 2022 - 18 March 2022
    20 December 2021 - 7 January 2022
    16 May 2022 - 27 May 2022

Management occupations are projected to grow rapidly over the next ten years leading to an increasing need for management professionals. 

There is also an increasing demand for those professionals to hold higher level qualifications. Applicants for these roles are therefore at a considerable advantage with a postgraduate qualification and there is a strong emphasis within this programme on application of knowledge and development capabilities in business management or business information systems. 

Flexibility within this qualification will also enable aspirations to be matched/targeted to specific employment opportunities.  

Learners will extend and deepen their knowledge and understanding of current management capabilities and issues in a range of applied settings through experiential learning strategies and reflective practice. 

This programme is offered by Future Skills Academy due to a sub-contract arrangement with Otago Polytechnic.

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Graduate pathways 

This qualification will prepare you for further postgraduate study in the Master of Applied Management (Business Management). Alternatively, you could seek employment in a business management or business information systems-related role. 

Entry requirements 

Minimum academic entry requirements are:

  • A Bachelor's degree (or equivalent qualification) in a related discipline, OR
  • A combination of academic qualifications and relevant skills and knowledge acquired through work or professional experience that is deemed equivalent to the above.
  • International applicants must demonstrate that they have equivalent academic qualifications and experience. Click here for your country's equivalent academic entry requirements.  
  • 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.

Selection criteria  

Where there are more applicants than places available, applicants will be selected on the basis of the best academic records and their admission recommended to the OPAIC Director, Learning and Teaching who will approve the final selection.

Pathways into this programme 

Students may have completed an undergraduate degree in a different discipline and be working in a management role. There are no specific foundation/bridging programmes in Applied Management for this qualification. Where English proficiency does not meet the required IELTS level, students may pathway to this qualification by completing the New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 5) which is available at Otago Polytechnic.

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.

You will study 

This programme comprises four compulsory 15-credit courses, plus electives totalling 60 credits (at Level 8 or 9) from the elective list below. 

Course name Course description Level Credits
Capabilities for Managers Gain a critical awareness of the skills needed to manage complex organisations  8 15
Research and Enquiry  Achieve the skills you need to undertake small-scale professional projects within organisations 15
Analytics for Managers  Achieve the skills needed to critically evaluate data for decision making within applied management  8 15
Project Management Learn how to develop critical analysis and application skills in project management   8 15
ELECTIVES Elective name Level Credits
Developing Effective Organisations Gain a critical understanding of organisational development theory and practice in organisational contexts including Iwi/Maori organisations 8  15
Entrepreneurship and Innovation Learn how to analyse the processes associated with managing entrepreneurship and innovation within both new ventures and existing firms and to assess the significant issues associated with utilising these managerial concepts to optimise organisational performance 8  15
Managing for Sustainability  Develop your sustainable practice capabilities and apply these capabilities to a variety of applied settings as a sustainable practice manager 8 15
Marketing in a Digital Age  Gain the marketing management capabilities necessary to organise and manage for growth and profitability in a digital age 8  15
Financial Decision Making Learn how to apply the concepts, theory and analytical techniques of finance to investment, financing and dividend decisions of a firm 8 15
Applied Human Resource Management Gain the skills needed for management of human resources within contemporary Aotearoa/New Zealand organisations 8


Management of Information Systems To enable students to understand how information systems should be managed in order to assist in the achievement of the strategic goals of organisations 9 15
Professional Project Apply the skills and knowledge you have gained during the programme to complete an applied professional project that contributes to professional practice in management within your chosen major 9 45
Cross-cultural Management Develop capabilities to evaluate the issues that arise in the leadership of organisations when managers address culturally determined differences in employee values, attitudes and behaviours 9 15
Corporate Governance and Leadership Evaluate complex corporate governance and leadership challenges in the context of different ownership structures. This will include governance and leadership models in the context of indigenous organisations and the importance of the Treaty of Waitangi 9 15
Managing Change and Adversity  Critically analyse the processes associated with achieving organisational growth, effective management of change, and the implementation of actions to respond to adversity, including how iwi/Māori organisations have managed post settlement growth 9 15
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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