Otago Polytechnic

Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Management


Auckland. This programme is only available to international students.

One semester

On campus 

January, 2017
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 knowledge and development capabilities.

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 stratgies and reflective practice. 

Graduate pathways

This qualification will prepare you for further postgraduate study in the Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Management or the Master of Applied Management. Alternatively, you could seek employment in a management-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 also demonstrate English language skills equivalent to an IELTS overall band score (academic) of 6.5, with no band score less than 6.0, or equivalent.
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 AIC 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 (Professional/Academic) (Level 5) which is available at Otago Polytechnic.

Your workload 

It is expected that you will study for 37.5 hours per week, including a minimum of 8 hours per week in structured direct learning, some hours in an applied workplace or learning environment and up to 27 hours per week in self-directed study.

You will study 

The programme comprises four 15-credit courses including two compulsory courses - Capabilities for Managers and Research and Enquiry. 

Course name Credits Course description
COMPULSORY - Capabilities for Managers 15 Gain a critical awareness of the skills needed to manage complex organisations.
COMPULSORY - Research and Enquiry  15 Achieve the skills you need to undertake small-scale professional projects within organisations.
Plus two courses from the elective list below:    
Financial Decision Making  15 Learn how to apply the concepts, theory and analytical techniques of finance to investment, financing and dividend decisions of a firm. 
Project Management  15 Learn how to develop critical analysis and application skills in project management.  
Developing Effective Organisations 15 Gain a critical understanding of organisational development theory and practice in organisational contexts including Iwi/Maori organisations. 
Entrepreneurship and Innovation 15 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. 
Managing for Sustainability  15 Develop your sustainable practice capabilities and apply these capabilities to a variety of applied settings as a sustainable practice manager. 
Marketing in a Digital Age  15 Gain the marketing management capabilities necessary to organise and manage for growth and profitability in a digital age. 
Business Solutions Architecture  15 Become equipped with an in-depth understanding of the concepts and procedures used in enterprise analysis, design, planning, and implementation, for the successful development and execution of organisational strategy. 
Information Security 15 Assess the implications of information security and cybercrime trends, and evaluate security technologies and procedures in order to design appropriate information security structures for organisations. 
Interaction Design 15 Define the structure and behaviour of interactive products and services.
Software Engineering Methodologies 15 Apply structured and agile software development principles, and learn how to negotiate between them in different contexts.


Software Quality Assurance 15 Learn how to investigate, critically evaluate, recommend and apply software quality assurance programmes in organisations. 
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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