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Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Management (Business Management)

This course is available

On-Campus, Online

Level of Study

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma


1 year

Next start date

Expected Oct 2022


Auckland International Campus


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. In Auckland, this programme is offered by Future Skills Academy due to a sub-contract arrangement with Otago Polytechnic.

Location: On campus in Dunedin or Auckland, or online for students outside of New Zealand; Please note: Our Auckland on campus option is for international students only.


On campus in Dunedin with face-to-face and online learning; On campus in Auckland with face-to-face delivery and block courses, or Online by distance for international students outside of New Zealand

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.

Studying on campus: You'll learn using an online learning platform called Moodle. This means that, no matter where you are, you have easy access to all your course content. You also have access to Office 365, including Microsoft Teams, which you can use as part of your interaction with lecturers and classmates.

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. For on-campus student, some of these hours may be spent in a workplace gaining hands-on experience and developing important industry and business connections.

Career or further study options: 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 criteria

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

If English is not your first language, you must provide:

New Zealand University Entrance OR
Overall Academic IELTS 6.5 with no individual band score lower than 6.0 (achieved in one test completed in the last two years), OR

TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT): Score of 590 (with an essay score of 5.5 TWE)

TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT): Score of 79 (with a writing score of 21)

Cambridge English Qualifications: C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a score of 176. No less than 169 in each skill;

PTE (Academic) score of 58 with no band score lower than 50

Language Certificate: C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with HIGH PASS and no less than Pass in each skill or C2 Mastery IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill

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