Otago Polytechnic

Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Management


Auckland or online for international students outside of New Zealand

This programme is for international students only

Two study blocks

On campus in Auckland with face-to-face delivery and block courses OR online by distance for international students outside of New Zealand

Online - March 2021
On campus - April 2021
  • Location
    Study breaks
  • Online for international students outside of NZ
    25 January 2021
    22 March 2021 - 2 April 2021
  • Online for international students outside of NZ
    7 April 2021
  • Online for international students outside of NZ
    7 June 2021
  • Online for international students outside of NZ
    16 August 2021
    11 October 2021 - 15 October 2021
  • Online for international students outside of NZ
    18 October 2021
    13 December 2021 - 7 January 2022
  • Auckland International Campus
    7 April 2021
  • Auckland International Campus
    7 June 2021
    2 August 2021 - 13 August 2021
  • Auckland International Campus
    16 August 2021
    11 October 2021 - 15 October 2021
  • Auckland International Campus
    18 October 2021
    13 December 2021 - 7 January 2022

The demand for management roles is expected to grow quickly over the next ten years. 

There is also an increasing demand for people within these roles to hold higher level qualifications. So, a postgraduate qualification will give you a competitive advantage. 

This programme will improve your management ability with course options such as Project Management, Analytics for Managers and Financial Decision Making. You begin with two compulsory courses - Capabilities for Managers, and Research and Enquiry - and then choose another two electives. 

The flexibility of this qualification allows you to match your learning with particular employment opportunities you may have identified.    

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:

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 

You 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.

If you need to improve your English to apply for this programme, you could apply for the New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Academic) (Level 5) which we offer at our Auckland International Campus.  

You will study 

The programme includes four 15-credit courses. You will study two compulsory courses - Capabilities for Managers and Research and Enquiry - and then two elective courses chosen from the list below.  

Compulsory course name Credits Description

Capabilities for Managers


Gain a critical awareness of the skills needed to manage complex organisations.

Research and Enquiry  15

Achieve the skills you need to undertake small-scale professional projects within organisations.

Elective name  Credits Description 
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.  

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. 

Analytics for Managers 15

Achieve the skills needed to critically evaluate data for decision making within applied management.

Applied Human Resource Management 15

Gain the skills needed for management of human resources within contemporary Aotearoa/New Zealand organisations

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.

Further study options

This qualification will prepare you for further postgraduate study at Otago Polytechnic where you can specialise in either Business Management or Business Information Systems.

Alternatively, you could seek employment in a management-related role. 

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.


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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