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Graduate Diploma in Business (Level 7)

Key information

Level of study:
Tuition fees:
1 year
Start date: 04-May-2020
Hawke’s Bay Campus
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Course details


Real life, real learning, real business. The Graduate Diploma in Business is a 120 credit, one year full-time, programme at Level 7 which enables students who have completed a bachelor’s degree to achieve a graduate level qualification in a specialised area of business. Those with extensive business experience at a management level may be able to enter the Graduate Diploma without a degree. The qualification is an ideal opportunity for those with experience to increase their employment mobility.

The Graduate Diploma in Business has the following endorsements:

  • Accounting
  • Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Logistics and Supply Chain Management
  • Human Resource Management


Graduate Diploma in Business (GDB) is particularly attractive to people who already have a degree or extensive experience because it gives a level 7 qualification in only one year. We see five typical ways in which students use the Graduate Diploma in Business (GDB) to develop their career pathway:

You may be a graduate with a degree in a non- business area and wish to change the direction of your career. You will use your existing graduate skills to start your study of business at the equivalent level to that of the final year of a business degree. Most endorsements should be possible but you may need three semesters for some such as accounting.

You have a business degree and wish to change specialisation. This is a very realistic option, many of the points above apply but you would normally be able to complete any endorsement in two semesters. You may also wish to include a selection of level 8 courses in your GDB.

You may wish to continue your current career but need to add management skills. As careers progress they often demand a greater participation in the business aspects of the organization; the one year nature (or part-time) of GDB can be attractive.

You have worked up from the bottom to a senior position and have recognition within your organization. However, without a qualification mobility is difficult; here, the ability to enter a one year level seven programme is very attractive.

Career Opportunities & Outcomes

The Graduate Diploma in Business adds strength to your qualification portfolio. The increases your mobility and range of potential employment roles. Here are a few ideas:

  • Operations manager
  • Marketing manager
  • Sales manager
  • Finance manager
  • Key account manager
  • Product manager
  • Financial or management accountant
  • Human resources advisor
  • Entrepreneur (in your own business!)

Entry criteria

Successful completion of a three-year degree or equivalent qualification, with acceptable grades.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5
  • TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT) score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE)
  • TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) score of 60 (with a writing score of 18)
  • University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations: B2 First or B2 First for schools or C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) score of 50 with no band score lower than 42
  • City & Guilds IESOL: C1 Expert with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill
  • NZCEL Level 4 Academic

Course variation

02-June-2020 - Auckland Campus

Auckland Campus
Tuition fees:
1 year
Start date: 02-June-2020
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