Otago Polytechnic

Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Management


Auckland. This programme is for international students only. 

One year

On campus 

Auckland: January, March, June, August and October
  • Location
    Study breaks
  • Auckland International Campus
    15 January 2018
    18 May 2018 - 5 June 2018
    9 March 2018 - 26 March 2018
    27 July 2018 - 13 August 2018
  • Auckland International Campus
    26 March 2018
    27 July 2018 - 13 August 2018
    18 May 2018 - 5 June 2018
    5 October 2018 - 23 October 2018
  • Auckland International Campus
    5 June 2018
    5 October 2018 - 23 October 2018
    27 July 2018 - 13 August 2018
    14 December 2018 - 14 January 2019
  • Auckland International Campus
    13 August 2018
    14 December 2018 - 14 January 2019
    5 October 2018 - 23 October 2018
    8 March 2019 - 25 March 2019
  • Auckland International Campus
    23 October 2018
    8 March 2019 - 25 March 2019
    14 December 2018 - 14 January 2019
    17 May 2019 - 4 June 2019
  • Auckland International Campus
    14 January 2019
    17 May 2019 - 4 June 2019
    8 March 2019 - 25 March 2019
    26 July 2019 - 12 August 2019
  • Auckland International Campus
    25 March 2019
    26 July 2019 - 12 August 2019
    17 May 2019 - 4 June 2019
    4 October 2019 - 21 October 2019
  • Auckland International Campus
    4 June 2019
    4 October 2019 - 21 October 2019
    26 July 2019 - 12 August 2019
    13 December 2019 - 13 January 2020
  • Auckland International Campus
    21 October 2019
    6 March 2020 - 23 March 2020
    13 December 2019 - 13 January 2020
    15 May 2020 - 1 June 2020
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 stratgies and reflective practice. 

This programme is delivered through the Future Skills Academy due to a sub-contract arrangement between Otago Polytechnic and the provider.

Graduate pathways 

This qualification will prepare you for further postgraduate study in the Master of Applied 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.  

All students (international and domestic) for whom English is not a first language:

  • must demonstrate English Language skills with an IELTS overall band score (academic) of 6.5, with no band score lower than 6.0 OR
  • must provide acceptable alternative evidence of English language proficiency depending on the visa decline rate of the country you are from. See here for acceptable evidence and visa decline rates by country.

Please note: All scores must be achieved in a single test completed in the preceding two years. You cannot combine scores from multiple tests. If you have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance you are not required to provide evidence of English Language skills. 

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 40 hours per week, including a minimum of 8 hours per week in structured directed learning, a small number of hours in an applied workplace or learning environment and at least 27.5 hours per week in self-directed study.

You will study 

The programme comprises four compulsory 15-credit courses, plus electives totalling 60 credits from the elective list for the major pathway below. 

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.
COMPULSORY - 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. 
COMPULSORY - Project Management   15 Learn how to develop critical analysis and application skills in project management.  
Business Management major - electives totalling 60 credits at Level 8 or 9 Level    
Developing Effective Organisations 8 15 Gain a critical understanding of organisational development theory and practice in organisational contexts including Iwi/Maori organisations. 
Entrepreneurship and Innovation 8 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  8 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  8 15 Gain the marketing management capabilities necessary to organise and manage for growth and profitability in a digital age. 
Management of Information Systems 9 15
To enable students to understand how information systems should be managed in order to assist in the achievement of the strategic goals of organisations.
Professional Project 9 45
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.
Cross-cultural Management 9 15 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.
Corporate Governance and Leadership 9 15 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. 
Managing Growth, Change and Adversity  9 15 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.
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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