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Postgraduate Certificate in Business

This course is available


Level of Study

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma


6 months

Next start date

Expected Jul 2023


University of Canterbury


The Postgraduate Certificate in Business is an applied commerce qualification that focuses on developing skills, knowledge and competencies expected by potential employers from UC Business School. It provides a pathway qualification into the Postgraduate Diploma in Business which leads into the Master of Business and Master of Professional Accounting.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Business equip graduates with general knowledge and skills applicable to business, which can then be applied in graduate positions across a wide range of industries. This certificate provides a qualification with some of the core business skills required by industry.

As part of the Business Taught Masters programme at UC, this qualification enables you to increase your employability by gaining business skills that complement your existing professional or academic background. Candidates with a degree from any discipline may apply and no prior experience in commerce is required.

Why study a Postgraduate Certificate in Business at UC?

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of current theoretical concepts, frameworks and industry practice within the fields of business and management.

Think logically, analytically and critically with respect to the academic and professional literature within the field of business.

Synthesise academic and professional literature and effectively communicate this information and research findings, both orally and in written form, to a range of audiences.

Further study

The PGCertBus is a pathway qualification into the Postgraduate Diploma in Business and Master of Business. The programme can also lead into the Master of Professional Accounting.

Career opportunities

The PGCertBus provides the skills and competencies that will allow graduates to gain employment within the private and public sector in relevant business positions. Graduates will gain the confidence to challenge existing commercial practice and participate in the development of new and innovative business strategies.

The programme has intakes in February and August.

Entry criteria

Students must have a bachelor's degree, or equivalent, and be 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: If you need to apply for admission to the University, please submit your application at least 6 months before your intended start date.

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