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IPU New Zealand Tertiary Institute
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Graduate Diploma of Contemporary International Studies

This course is available


Level of Study

Graduate Certificate or Diploma


1 year

Next start date

Expected Jan 2023


IPU New Zealand Tertiary Institute


The programme is designed for students already holding an undergraduate degree. This allows them to undertake further studies in specialised and internationally oriented papers and develop interdisciplinary approaches to issues. Students are able to study international issues and specialise in a number of fields: International Relations, International Business, Environmental Studies, and Language Studies.

Career opportunities

Educational outcome

Graduates may apply for postgraduate study.

Professional outcome

Supervisory and management level jobs requiring some understanding of the links between international business, politics and the environment, and a high level of intercultural sensitivity.


Highly skilled graduates are sought after in a wide variety of industries. A graduate qualification will open up a wider range of high level career opportunities in the following areas.


  • Specialist
  • Executive
  • Supervisor
  • Team Coach
  • Manager
  • Team Leader


  • Management Professionals (Business & Administration)
  • Business Development Manager (any industry)
  • Environmental Management Professionals (Specialist, Executive, Professional, Managers)
  • Culture and Language Professionals (Executive, Supervisor, Manager)
  • Marketing & Sales (any industry)
  • Product Management Professionals (Specialist, Executive, Manager)
  • Professionals Managing Environment & Environmental issues
  • Human Resource (Executive, Consultant, Manager)
  • Public Relations (Specialist, Executive, Professional, Managers)
  • Work Force Professionals and Call Centre (Supervisor, Team Leader, Manager)
  • Quality Executive, Quality Controller, Quality Manager (any industry)
  • Education Professionals (Executive, Specialist, Manager)
  • Regional Education (Expert, Executive, Manager)
  • Advertising and Public Relations (Executive, Supervisor, Manager)
  • International Relations (Executive, Coordinator, Manager)
  • International Management Professionals (Executive, Coordinator, Manager)
  • Financial & Accounting Professionals
  • Education Councillor or Education Mentor
  • Education Professionals
  • Program coordinator (Program Administrator, Program Manager)
  • Management & administration in schools/institutes

Entry criteria

  • Prior undergraduate degree with a minimum 50% grade average or better
  • Evidence of English proficiency, equivalent to IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with no band lower than 5.5


Students may not have previous knowledge in the specialty areas. Nonetheless, they are expected to be able to function successfully using essay writing and research skills they have acquired from their Bachelor’s degree.

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