Graduate Diploma in Logistics and Supply Chain Management – GradDipL&SCM

Gain in-depth knowledge to advance your career in logistics and supply chain management.

Type of qualification

Graduate diploma

Level of study

Graduate study

Graduate qualifications normally involve study in a different area to your first undergraduate qualification. Some are stepping stones to postgraduate-level study.

More about study levels

NZQF level 7

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

Find out more about NZQF levels

Time to complete

2 years part-time (120 credits). Not available for full-time study.
Up to 8 years part-time
Part-time available

Where you can study

Distance and online

International students

International students are not New Zealand citizens or residents.

Definition of New Zealand citizens and residents

Open to international students studying online from outside New Zealand

Study a Graduate Diploma in Logistics and Supply Chain Management – GradDipL&SCM

This qualification is studied on a part-time basis over (at least) two years and is ideal for currently employed supply chain and logistics practitioners who wish to further their careers.

All material is presented on Massey University’s online learning platform and assessments are written and verbal assessments (no exams to sit). The courses are highly relevant to people with an interest in all areas of logistics and supply chain management. In addition to corporate enterprises, the qualification will interest government employees, military personnel, emergency services, non-profit organisations and service industries.

The GradDipLSCM opens the opportunity to  postgraduate qualifications such as the PGDipSCM and the MSCM.

There are no formal research requirements other than those required for assignments or individual courses.

The aim of the graduate diploma is to encourage you to take advantage of ongoing and regularly updated learning throughout your life.

Entry requirements

Admission to Massey

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

Specific requirements

To enter the Graduate Diploma in Logistics and Supply Management you will:

  • have been awarded or qualified for a relevant bachelor’s degree or equivalent, or
  • have completed at least four years of relevant professional experience, or equivalent.

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

English language requirements

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

This qualification is classified as NZQF Level 7 and requires the same English language standard as most undergraduate bachelor degrees, diplomas and certificates.

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.

Maximum time limits for completion

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

Time limits for Honours, Distinction and Merit

If you complete this qualification within the stated time limit and to a high standard, you may be able to graduate with Distinction.

Look for further information under ‘Student Progression’ in the regulations for this qualification.

More information

  • Read the regulations for this qualification thoroughly
  • Contact us through the Enquire button on this page if you have any questions.

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 Graduate Diploma in Logistics and Supply Chain Management

You may complete this qualification in two years, but you must commence study in Semester One.

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

  • Compulsory courses – 75 credits
  • Electives from the Schedule – 45 credits

Not more than 45 credits at 200 level.

At least 75 credits at 300 level.

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 75 credits from)

Choose 75 credits from
Course code: 240260 Logistics and Supply Chain Fundamentals 15 credits

A study of logistics and supply chain management fundamental concepts. The supply chain management paradigm that underpins modern business is fully explored with a specific focus on customer service, forecasting, process integration, relationship management, and performance measurement.

Restrictions: 115260

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Course code: 240263 Logistics Operations 15 credits

A study of the role and structure of integrated logistics systems, including performance measurement and the application of information technology. Fundamental operational trade-offs are explored in relation to inventory, warehousing and capacity utilisation.

Restrictions: 240261

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Course code: 240363 Supply Chain Integration 30 credits

A study of the functioning of modern supply chains, their design, coordination, management and the crucial role of collaboration. Focus will be placed on inter-organisational integration and internal process alignment.

Prerequisites: 240260 or 240261 or 240263 Restrictions: 240360, 240361

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Course code: 240366 Global Logistics 15 credits

A study of international logistics and its role in modern supply chains. Focus will be placed on international trade routes and global partnerships. Both the strategic effects of international free-trade agreements and operational level import/export processes will be explored in relation to international logistical flows.

Prerequisites: 240260 or 240263 Restrictions: 240261

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Choose 15 credits from
Course code: 152264 International Supply Chain Management 15 credits

An introduction to the applied aspects of supply chain management in international business.

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Course code: 240262 Transportation Systems 15 credits

This course studies transportation systems with an emphasis on international intermodal transportation. The economic and operating characteristics of differing transportation systems will be examined, along with costs and regulations of transportation services and the role of information technology on transportation systems.

Restrictions: 115262

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Course code: 290203 Buying and Category Management 15 credits

A study of the theory and practice of effective product buying from suppliers, and the planning of product range construction and execution of merchandising the range to the customer in the retail environment.

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Course code: 240362 Supply Chain Trends and Applications 15 credits

A study of the impact of current industry trends on how businesses can engineer and operate their logistics and supply chains to create greater value for the organisation.

Restrictions: 115362

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Course code: 240364 Purchasing and Supply Management 15 credits

A study of the scope of purchasing and procurement and the principles, structures and key variables of supply management.

Prerequisites: 240260 or 240261 or 240263 Restrictions: 240360, 240361

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Course code: 240365 Demand Chain Management 15 credits

A study of distribution management concepts and strategy together with an exploration of demand chains. Methods to align supply chain strategies with market drivers are examined. A range of distribution channel approaches are also discussed in regard to alternative customer demands.

Prerequisites: 240260 or 240261 or 240263 Restrictions: 240360, 240361

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Fees and scholarships

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.

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.

Careers and job opportunities

Businesses are increasingly looking for improvements in their logistics and supply chain performance, so employment prospects are positive.

You can take this major to enhance your performance potential with an existing employer. Or you may view this major as an opportunity to become familiar with logistics and supply chain operations.

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