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A postgraduate qualification in a shorter space of time.
This postgraduate diploma can be completed in a year, full-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.
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:
If you complete the programme at a satisfactory level you may be able to proceed to the Master of Business Studies or the Master of Management. 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.
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.
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.
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.
All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.
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.
To study this programme you must meet Massey University's English language standards.
For information on prior learning, exemptions and transfer of credit or other questions:
If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, we have courses and programmes that may help.
From the Schedule to the Diploma
Attend contact workshops, block courses, field trips, studios, workshops, tutorials, and laboratories as required.
See ‘Courses for this programme’ below for schedules of 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|
|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|
|152781||Advanced Research Methods in Business||30|
|155700||Fundamentals of Law||30|
|156700||Essentials of Marketing||30|
|156742||Advanced Consumer Behaviour||30|
|156758||Marketing for Social Change||30|
|157701||Health Information Management||30|
|157747||Advanced Study in Technology Project 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|
|219703||Perspectives in Business Communication||30|
|219704||International and Intercultural Communication||30|
|219706||Strategic Public Relations||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|
The Postgraduate Diploma in Business is only available without a specialisation (endorsement).
See the Regulations for this programme for the courses (Schedule B) for the ‘without specialisation’ option.
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 MMgt or MBS or MFin only on the attainment of a minimum B- grade average across the 120 credits of the PGDipBus.
If you do progress into one of these master’s programmes you should not apply to graduate with their PGDipBus qualification.
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.
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.
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.
If you already know which courses you are going to take, you can use our fees calculator to get an estimate of your fees.
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 will find their National Student Number on their student homepage.
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Massey Business School is rated in the top 5% of global business colleges by AACSB International.
Massey University is ranked by QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) as one of the top 300 universities for business and management.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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:
|Subject area||Level||Course ID number|
Use this tool to help determine how much time you will need each week to complete your studies.
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.