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Postgraduate Diploma in Business


A postgraduate qualification in a shorter space of time.

This postgraduate diploma can be completed in a year, full-time.

  • Level

  • Postgraduate, NZQF Level 8
  • Credits

  • 120
  • Duration

  • 1 year(s) full-time. Available part-time.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Business (PGDipBus) provides you with an advanced education in business. It consists of taught courses, though you may include a project in an area of interest.

If you have a degree (not necessarily in business) and would like to study business at a postgraduate level this qualification may suit you.

Flexible focus

If you undertake this postgraduate diploma, you may design an academic programme to meet your own needs and interests.


The Postgraduate Diploma in Business utilises Massey Business School's staff expertise across a broad range of subjects including:

  • international business
  • human resources
  • enterprise development
  • finance
  • marketing.

If you complete the programme at a satisfactory level you may be able to proceed to the Master of Business Studies, Master of Management or Master of Finance. If so, credits you have gained through this postgraduate diploma may be credited towards that programme. This will depend on the courses you have chosen. See Courses and planning tab for more information.

Careers and further study


Sought-after by employers

International trends are for employers to reward postgraduate study well, especially in larger enterprises. The skills you learn are increasingly recognised as setting you apart from other potential employees.

Greater earning potential

A 2017 Ministry of Education publication, The post-study earnings and destinations of young domestic graduates found that, in New Zealand, earnings and employment rates increase with the level of qualification completed.

International students

New Zealand is a great place to study. Massey University’s reputation is supported by our international rankings, accreditations and associations. We are rated five star plus by the QS World University Rankings.

Massey University has small class sizes, and our lecturers and staff are friendly and approachable.

As an international student, there are entry requirements that will apply to you. We recommend that you apply at least three months before your anticipated start date so your application can be processed in time. There are additional steps you will need to take. These include obtaining a visa and travel bookings if your study is to be in New Zealand.

Entry requirements

University admission

All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.

Programme admission


To enter the Postgraduate Diploma in Business programme you will have been awarded or qualified for a bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification, with a minimum B- grade average in the highest level courses.

You will provide verified copies of all academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University.

English language requirements

To study this programme you must meet Massey University's English language standards.

Prior learning, credit and exemptions

For information on prior learning, exemptions and transfer of credit or other questions:

If you do not have the entry requirements

English language and foundation courses

If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, we have courses and qualifications that may help.

Courses and planning

Credit summary

120 credits

  • Courses from the Schedule – 120 credits

Courses for this programme

Schedule A: Endorsements

Please refer to individual specialisation page for a list of courses for your specialisation.

Schedule B: Elective courses

110710 Contemporary Issues in Financial Accounting 30
110711 Advanced Accounting Theory 30
114702 Human Resource Management and Workplace Relations 30
114709 Managing the Employment Relationship 30
114722 Advanced Organisational Behaviour 30
114735 Competitive Advantage and HRM Strategy 30
114761 International Human Resource Management 30
115758 Interpersonal Communication at Work 15
115759 Current Issues in Business 15
125700 Managerial Finance 30
137710 The Theory and Management of Banking 30
152700 Organisation and Management 30
152702 Advanced Strategic Management 30
152704 Business and Sustainability 30
152707 Leading and Changing Organisations 30
152725 Building Export and Import Businesses 30
152726 Growing Multinational Enterprises 30
152727 Managing Multinational Enterprises 30
152728 Corporate Citizenship and Responsibility 30
152730 Advanced Contemporary Issues in Sustainability 30
152731 Innovation and New Ventures 30
152740 Public Sector Administration 30
152742 Health Systems Management 30
152743 Health Law and Policy 30
152746 Contemporary Issues in Health Service Management 30
152747 Local Governance: Context, Structure and Finance 30
152752 Project Management 30
152781 Advanced Research Methods in Business 30
156700 Essentials of Marketing 30
156742 Advanced Consumer Behaviour 30
156756 Digital Marketing 30
156757 Marketing Strategy 30
156758 Marketing for Social Change 30
157701 Health Information Management 30
157748 Advanced Management, Analytics, and Decision Making 30
157749 Technology Innovation Management 30
178703 The Theory and Practice of Economics 30
178719 Climate Change Economics and Policy 30
190703 Management in Aviation Systems 30
190720 Aviation Strategic Management 30
219702 Management Communication 30
219703 Perspectives in Business Communication 30
219704 International and Intercultural Communication 30
219706 Strategic Public Relations 30
219708 Political Communication 30
219790 Research Methods in Communication 30
234731 Advanced Sport in the Social Context 30
234732 Advanced Sport Management 30
234736 Advanced Sport Coaching 30
251731 Advanced Occupational Safety and Health 30

Majors and minors

About specialisations

The Postgraduate Diploma in Business is only available without a specialisation (endorsement).  

Postgraduate Diploma in Business without specialisation 

See the Regulations for this programme for the courses (Schedule B) for the ‘without specialisation’ option.

Planning your programme

Planning overview

If you study full-time, you’ll take 120 credits per year or 60 credits per semester.

If you wish to keep your options open for possible future progression to a master’s programme we strongly recommend you select your courses for the PGDipBus from the relevant master’s subject schedule of courses.

You may progress from the PGDipBus to the Master of Management, Master of Business Studies or Master of Finance on the attainment of a minimum B- grade average in the PGDipBus.

If you require advice on which courses will transfer to the MMgt, MBS or MFin, please book an appointment with an Academic Adviser in MyHub or contact us using the Enquire button.

Maximum time limits for completion

There are maximum time limits to complete postgraduate qualifications.  If you do not complete within the maximum time, you may be required to re-apply for the programme if you wish to continue your studies.

Time limits for Honours, Distinction and Merit

Where your qualification is completed within the stated time limit and to a high standard, you may be able to graduate with a class of Honours, Distinction or Merit. 

Fees and scholarships

Fees and finance

Fees, student loans and free fees scheme

Your tuition fees may be different depending on the courses you choose. Your exact fees will show once you have chosen your courses.

There will also be some compulsory non-tuition fees and for some courses, there may also be charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

Already know which courses you're going to choose?

You can view fees for the courses that make up your qualification on the course details pages.

Student loans (StudyLink) and Fees Free scheme

You may be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.

The New Zealand Government offers fees-free tertiary study for eligible domestic students. Find out more about the scheme and your eligibility on the Fees Free website. To use the site's eligibility checking tool, you will need your National Student Number.

Current and returning Massey students can find their National Student Number in the student portal.

A good fit if you:

  • wish to try postgraduate study, without a strong research component
  • have an undergraduate business degree, but not necessarily in the subject you wish to major in for your PGDip
  • wish to progress in your career to more senior roles.

Accreditations and rankings

Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC)

Massey’s Bachelor of Communication is the only degree outside the Americas and the Middle East to be recognised by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC).

Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)

Massey Business School is rated in the top 5% of global business colleges by AACSB International.

QS Ranking - Business and Management

Massey University is ranked by QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) as one of the top 300 universities for business and management.

ShanghaiRanking – business and finance

Massey University is ranked #1 in New Zealand and in the top 150 universities globally for business administration and finance by ShanghaiRanking.

Key information for students

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Review this important information before you apply for this programme. This gives you full details of the rules and regulations about what you need to study and what you must achieve in order to graduate with this qualification. That includes structure, courses and requirements. These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the below.

Postgraduate regulations

General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas and Postgraduate Certificates.

Regulations for this programme

Applying and enrolling

Applying for the programme

Check you are ready

If you are ready to apply, have a look at our application checklist. It will help you get prepared with what you need. Please also check the entry requirements carefully before you apply.

Choose your programme and click on Apply now

You will apply for the programme using the Apply now button on this page. You’ll also choose your specialisation (major, subject or endorsement) if applicable.

Some programmes have additional requirements such as the submission of a portfolio or CV. Click on Apply now and you will be able to submit those documents as part of the application process.

Receive and accept an Admission Offer of Place

You will receive an Admission Offer of Place when you have been accepted into the programme. You need to accept this before you can enrol in your courses. International students also need to pay their fees at this point.

Enrolling in courses

You’ll then get access to your own student homepage (also known as the student portal). This is where you can enrol in courses. Any updates on your application or enrolments will also be on your student homepage. Make sure you check this regularly.

When you choose courses, ensure you check for any requirements that apply including:

  • prerequisites (courses you have to do before the one you are enrolling in)
  • corequisites (courses you have to do at the same time as the one you are enrolling in)
  • restrictions (courses that you cannot enrol in if you are completing or have completed another identified similar course)
  • location – for instance some distance-based courses still have an on-campus element, so double check that the way the course is taught is suitable for your situation.

Each of our courses has its own webpage where you can find this information. You can use our course search to find course pages.

More information on courses is in the ‘Courses for this programme’ section on this page.

You can find information on application due dates and semester dates on the key dates page.

We look forward to welcoming you to Massey!

If you have any questions, contact us through the Enquire button on this page.

What are courses and credits?

What are courses and credits?

Each Massey programme is made up of courses (in some tertiary institutions they are called ‘papers’).

You will have some compulsory courses and some you can choose from.

Each course is worth a certain amount of credits (often 15 credits, but this does vary). You must gain a set number of credits to be able to graduate from this programme.

There may also be some rules about which courses you need to pass to progress to the next year, or stage, of your study (known as progression). There are also courses you must pass to graduate with a specialisation.

  • See the ‘Courses for this programme’ section for the list of courses.
  • Courses search

Understanding course numbers

The first three digits of our course numbers show you which subject the course is about.

The second three digits show you the level and course ID number. For instance:

  • sub-degree courses are '0' (i.e. xxx.0xx)
  • undergraduate study begins at 100-level, (i.e. xxx.1xx)
  • as you progress through 200- and 300-level courses this number changes to 2 and 3 respectively. The higher the number that starts the second three digits, the higher the level of study.
1 6 2 . 3   0 1
Subject area   Level   Course ID number

Workload and time management

Use this tool to help determine how much time you will need each week to complete your studies.

Estimate workload

Returning students

For returning students, there may be changes to the majors and minors available and the courses you need to take. Go to the section called ‘Transitional Provisions’ in the Regulations to find out more.

In some cases the programme or specialisation you enrolled in may no longer be taking new enrolments, so may not appear on these web pages. To find information on the regulations for these programmes go to the Massey University Calendar.

Please contact us through the Enquire button on this page if you have any questions.

Scholarships and awards

Scholarships related to this programme

There are a number of scholarships available for new and current students. They could relate to your situation, achievement or interest.

Find and apply for scholarships