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Postgraduate Diploma in Business

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Level of Study

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma


1 year

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023


University of Canterbury


The Postgraduate Diploma in Business provides the skills and competencies that will allow graduates to gain employment within the private and public sector in relevant business positions. It also provides a pathway to the Master of Business Management and Master of Professional Accounting programmes.

As one of the qualifications available within the Business Taught Masters programme, you will gain business experience, professional skills and industry connections within a short timeframe, and no previous background in business is required. Graduates will gain the confidence to challenge existing commercial practice and participate in the development of new and innovative business strategies.

The PGDipBus consists of 120 points of core business courses.

Subjects and courses

The PGDipBus courses cover core business subjects that industry stakeholders consider to be important for any business graduate at a postgraduate level. The courses required for the Postgraduate Diploma in Business are the core knowledge courses required as part of the Master of Business Management, Master of Financial Management, and Master of Professional Accounting.

Students choose 8 courses (120 points) from the following list:

  • MBAZ 601 Accounting for Managers
  • MBAZ 602 Business Economics
  • MBAZ 603 Managerial Finance
  • MBAZ 604 Business Research Methods
  • MBAZ 605 Business Law
  • MBIS 601 Management of Information Systems
  • MBUS 601 Marketing
  • MBUS 602 Leadership
  • MBUS 603 Managing People and Performance
  • MFIN 601 Corporate Finance
  • MFIN 602 Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management
  • MFIN 603 Financial Management
  • MPAC 601 Professional Accounting Principles
  • MPAC 602 Advanced Professional Accounting Principles
  • MPAC 603 Advanced Management Accounting
  • MPAC 604 Advanced Financial Accounting
  • MPAC 605 Taxation
  • MPAC 606 Management
  • MPAC 607 Information Systems
  • MPAC 608 Auditing

Career Opportunities

Postgraduate study can bring many career benefits eg, specialist skills and enhanced knowledge, possible into specific occupations, higher starting salary/progression rates, research capability/achievement, and evidence of high academic attainment/self-discipline.

Intakes: February or August

Entry criteria

Students must have a bachelor's degree with at least a B Grade Point Average in 300-level courses (or equivalent), and been approved to enrol.

Applicants must also satisfy our English language entry requirements:

  • IELTS (Academic): Minimum overall score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in reading, writing, listening and speaking.
  • TOEFL (IBT): Minimum overall score of 90, with a minimum score of 19 in Reading, Listening and Writing.
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English - Academic): Overall score of 58 and no communicative skills score below 50.

Application deadline: At least 6 months before the planned start date.

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