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Graduate Diploma in Management

This course is available


Level of Study

Graduate Certificate or Diploma


1 year

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023


Southern Institute of Technology


Is coordinating activities your thing? Does coordinating the staff and financial activities of a company come easily to you – but you need the qualifications to prove it? Sounds like it’s time to continue your undergraduate study and advance your knowledge in business management.

If you already have experience in business management, but you want to specialise in the in-depth analysis of finance management, personnel hierarchy, staff direction and crisis intervention, then this graduate diploma could be your ticket to paradise.

Study the Graduate Diploma in Management and become well versed in finance, marketing, the functioning of human resources as well as leadership and problem solving.

The basic principles of business management have been applied to corporate cultures worldwide for centuries. Get with the programme and do this course!

Course Content

Compulsory Papers

  • MAN734 Strategic Management

Elective papers

60 credits from the following list of papers:

  • CON759 Contemporary Issues
  • ETH760 Business Ethics
  • IBS790 International Business
  • HTM706 Sustainability in Tourism
  • MAN735 Advanced HRM
  • MKT776 Event Management
  • MAN736 Applied Research Project – Management
  • WPE700 Workplace Experience

45 credits from the following list of papers:

  • HTM608 Entrepreneurship
  • MAN615 Organisational Behaviour
  • MAN632 Operations Management
  • MAN633 Human Resource Development
  • MAN635 Employment Relations
  • MGT219 Change Management

Career Opportunities

Students who have completed the Graduate Diploma in Management will have developed skills and knowledge in that specialist business area. The programme provides the theoretical, practical and professional skills appropriate for employment or further study in the sector. Graduates will be qualified to work in a range of management positions, and business consulting in many industries.

Satisfactory Completion

Every candidate for the qualification of Graduate Diploma in Management is required to follow to the satisfaction of the Board of Studies, a programme of study for a minimum period of one year. Each year of study comprises two 17-week semesters.

The overall programme of study for every candidate requires 120 credits for successful completion of the qualification.

Individual papers may have specific pre-requisites or other knowledge/skill requirements, which may be required to be satisfied by students.

In order to be awarded the Graduate Diploma in Management, the student will have been credited with all required papers and electives as specified in the programme schedule.

A student completing the graduate diplomas will normally be expected to complete the one year programme (full-time equivalent) within four years.

Notwithstanding the requirements set out above, the Head of Faculty with the approval and recommendation of the Board of Studies may allow a student a longer period to complete the programme.

Entry criteria

Applicants must have obtained at least an undergraduate degree in any discipline or 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 programme.

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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