Diploma (Business) – DipBus

A stepping stone to university study for international students interested in studying business at Massey

Type of qualification


Level of study

Undergraduate study

An undergraduate qualification is usually the first one you study.

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NZQF level 6

Our courses follow the New Zealand Qualification Framework (NZQF) levels.

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Time to complete

1 year full-time (120 credits)
Up to 8 years part-time
Note: The Diploma (Business) is delivered by Massey University College and is available to international students only. Apply now via the Massey University College website

Study a Diploma (Business) – DipBus

The Diploma (Business) is a bridging qualification for international students that will allow you to transition into second year of a range of undergraduate business qualifications.

Our pathway qualification will help you gain the necessary academic knowledge, as well as the learning and language skills to become an independent learner, with the confidence and ability to excel in your undergraduate university qualification.

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Entry requirements

Admission to Massey

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

Specific requirements

To enter the Diploma (Business) you will have achieved:

  • 32 credits across three university entrance approved subjects, or equivalent; and
  • an overall academic score of 5.5 in an IELTS assessment, with no band score less than 5.0 or equivalent TOEFL score.

Prior learning, credit and exemptions

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

English language skills

If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, see our English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses.

Official regulations

To understand what you need to study and must complete to graduate read the official rules and regulations for this qualification.

You should read these together with all other relevant Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates.

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 qualification 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 qualifications go to the Massey University Calendar.

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

Structure of the Diploma (Business)

The Diploma (Business) consists of 8 courses (120 credits). Four courses are the same as those in the core of the Bachelor of Business and four courses concentrate on skills in academic communication, numeracy, personal development and career exploration. 

Courses and specialisations

Key terms

Each qualification has its own specific set of courses. Some universities call these papers. You enrol in courses after you get accepted into Massey.
Course code
Each course is numbered using 6 digits. The fourth number shows the level of the course. For example, in course 219206, the fourth number is a 2, so it is a 200-level course (usually studied in the second year of full-time study).
Each course is worth a number of credits. You combine courses (credits) to meet the total number of credits needed for your qualification.
Some qualifications let you choose what subject you'd like to specialise in. Your major or endorsement is what you will take the majority of your courses in.

Credit summary

120 credits

  • Core courses – 60 credits
  • Courses from one subject specialisation – 60 credits

Course planning key

Courses that need to be completed before moving onto a course at the next level. For example, a lot of 200-level courses have 100-level prerequisite courses.
Courses that must be completed at the same time as another course are known as corequisite courses.
Some courses are restricted against each other because their content is similar. This means you can only choose one of the offered courses to study and credit to your qualification.

Compulsory courses (Choose 120 credits from)

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Course code: 115113 Economics for Business 15 credits

The course examines the nature of the contemporary economic environment in which businesses operate, and considers how economics can aid in business decision-making.

Restrictions: 115106

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Course code: 115114 Finance Fundamentals 15 credits

This course introduces analytical techniques for evaluating personal and business investment and financing decisions, including coverage of the context and environment in which these decisions are made.

Restrictions: 115105

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Course code: 115115 Management in Context 15 credits

This course provides students with a theoretical and practical understanding of management and organisations in the contemporary context.

Restrictions: 115108

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Course code: 115116 Introduction to Marketing 15 credits

The course provides an understanding of the core concepts and practices of marketing.

Restrictions: 115104

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Course code: 115120 Personal Development and Competence 15 credits

This course develops personal attributes associated with professions, careers and employment.  It develops student’s personal awareness, self-reflection and evaluation competences through the lens of ‘employability’ and career orientation. This course is designed to take students through a process of self-assessment and career exploration, and to develop students’ self-awareness and personal PR narrative. They will learn to discover how to connect their skills, interests and values to a wide range of possible roles, to build relationships, and present themselves in the best possible manner to potential employers.

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Course code: 115121 Skills and Communication for Academic Success 15 credits

This course develops many of the thinking, writing and oral presentation skills that students need for success in academic studies and in employment. The course develops competence in the skills essential to writing for assessment, including summarising texts, utilising appropriate sources and evidence, critiquing arguments, taking notes, and referencing. At the same time, students will be introduced to practices and approaches that contribute to successful academic and workplace environments, including: writing summaries, analysing problems, and using reflection as a tool for professional development. They will also learn how to deliver a persuasive oral presentation.

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Course code: 115122 Skills for Numerical Analysis 15 credits

The ability to analyse, interpret and evaluate data is integral to student success. Therefore, this course is designed to develop students the knowledge, skills and confidence to apply mathematical and statistical concepts to their numerically-based academic subjects, as well as to their future professional careers. The course will use active learning within an interactive workshop structure to teach students basic numerical problem solving, mathematical notation, summary statistics techniques, and analysis and interpretation with regard to practical problems.

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Course code: 115123 Effective Communication 15 credits

The course is based on a personalised evaluation of each student’s strengths and competences in relation to English language, with each student receiving instruction in English grammar, vocabulary, and writing targeted at developing and extending them. Students will engage in topic-based workshops covering grammar, spoken English, listening, comprehension and writing tasks.  The course uses self-reflection journals to extend students through self-reflection. These activities are designed to ensure that students of differing abilities achieve at least the equivalent of a minimum of IELTS 6.0 on successful completion of the course.

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Fees and scholarships

The fees for this qualification are NZD$28,880.

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.

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Fees disclaimer

This information is for estimation purposes only. Actual fees payable will be finalised on confirmation of enrolment. Unless otherwise stated, all fees shown are quoted in New Zealand dollars and include Goods and Services Tax, if any. Before relying on any information on these pages you should also read the University's Disclaimer Notice.

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