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Graduate Diploma in Event Management

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On-Campus, Online

Level of Study

Graduate Certificate or Diploma


1 year

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Students who have completed a Graduate Diploma in Event Management will critically evaluate and process management information in a range of event environments. They will apply conceptual and technical skills to cost determination and control in client and contract negotiations.

The programme offers a blend of theoretical and practical learning, with an emphasis on applied knowledge and skill. High importance is placed on the development of soft skills for management (such as communication, presentation, interpersonal and problem solving skills), in addition to the development of specific business knowledge.

Course Content

Compulsory Papers

  • MGT622 Fundamentals of Project Management (15 credits)
  • MGT705 (MGT305) Advanced Event Management (15 credits)
  • MGT721 Event Planning: Finance and Budgeting (15 credits)
  • MGT722 Event Planning: Marketing and Promotion (15 credits)
  • MGT702 Research Methodology (15 credits)

Compulsory - Choose either 730 or 731

  • EVT730 Management Research Project (30 credits)
  • EVT731 Internship (30 credits)

Students must complete one of the following two papers:

  • MGT605 (MGT206) Risk Management and Quality (15 credits)
  • MGT707 Digital Marketing: Strategy and Analysis (15 credits)

Career opportunities:

Graduates will be equipped with skills and knowledge to work in a range of event management areas including exhibitions, local government events, sporting events, festivals, product launches and conferences.

Satisfactory Completion

For students to be considered to have satisfactorily completed this programme and be eligible for the awarding of the qualification Graduate Diploma in Event Management, they must have completed all scheduled course work requirements and assessments, successfully completed assessment requirements for all papers, and achieved a total of 120 credits as specified in the programme schedule. The timeframe for completion of this programme is five years.

Entry criteria

Applicants must have obtained at least an undergraduate degree in any discipline,


be a mature student aged at least 20 years and supply evidence of at least three years’ relevant work experience. Each mature applicant must provide their curriculum vitae detailing any relevant work experience and academic achievements. The Programme Manager will use this information to assess whether the applicant is likely to successfully complete the Graduate Diploma.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS test - Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5
  • TOEFL Paper based test (pBT) - Score of 550 (with an essay score 5 TWE)
  • TOEFL Internet based test (iBT) - Score of 60 (with a writing score of 18)
  • Cambridge English Examination - B2 First or B2 First for schools or C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill.
  • OET - Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests
  • NZCEL - a) Expiring Level b) Current: a) Level 4 (Academic) b) Level 4 (Academic)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE (Academic) score of 50 with no band score lower than 42
  • Language Cert - C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill
  • Trinity ISE - ISE II with no less than distinction in any band

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