Executive Education: Graduate Diploma in Business focusing on Occupational Health, Safety and Wellbeing (OSHW)

Occupational health, safety and wellbeing is more than slips, trips and falls; it’s about managing health, safety and wellbeing in complex, dynamic work environments and changing demographics.


The AUT Business School’s Graduate Diploma in Business focusing on Occupational Health, Safety and Wellbeing provides managers with new and innovative ways of integrating OHSW and risk management systems to tackle present and future risks, create transformational change, and improve productivity.

This level 7 qualification comprises 120 points (8 papers). The programme will be offered in block courses to meet industry needs. You will be able to pursue postgraduate level (Postgraduate Diploma/Masters) studies after completing the GradDipBus if you meet the entry criteria.

Programme Code: Graduate Diploma in Business AK3709
Level: 7
Points: Graduate Diploma: 120 (eight 15-point papers, of which at least five must be level 7)
Duration: Part-time, completed over two years or more 
Venue: AUT Business School, City Campus
Start Dates: 26 February 2018 / 16 July 2018

AUT encourages early application. This programme will remain open until all places have been filled.

  • A bachelor’s degree OR
  • Relevant professional qualification or experience approved by the Dean (or representative) to be equivalent to a bachelor’s degree

Domestic students: NZD $6,450 (Incl. gst) to NZD $6,546 (GST incl) for 120 points*

International students: NZD $31,890 (Incl. gst)*

* The tuition fees are annual rates for full-time study in 2018 unless specified - students should expect and budget for fees increasing on an annual basis. The tuition fees shown are for planning purposes only and do not constitute a financial agreement. Final fees will be calculated at time of enrolment. Additional fees apply. Please see the AUT fees page for detailed fees information.

The Graduate Diploma in Business focusing on Occupational Health, Safety and Wellbeing is aimed at professionals within organisations who are:

  • Looking at transitioning into a management position in OHS
  • Looking for accreditation for existing practical knowledge
  • Required to manage their organisation’s internal occupational health and safety

The programme is open to domestic and international students.

The programme has been designed in collaboration with the Centre for Occupational Health and Safety Research (COHSR) and in consultation with the Health and Safety Association of New Zealand (HASANZ). The programme is interdisciplinary and linked to key management competencies such as: organisational behaviour, operations management and human resource management, including the wellbeing of employees and organisations. You will acquire management tools, within the context of new and changing forms of work, to create resilient individuals and organisations.

The programme investigates current and future issues in OHSW and will be consolidated through an applied project. The topics covered include leadership for change, risk management, training & development, health & safety law, employment regulations & dispute resolution, and occupational stress & resilience. You will explore the lessons learned from New Zealand’s poor occupational health and safety record in industries such as forestry and construction, and from the Pike River Coal Mine disaster which has influenced the new Occupational Health and Safety legislation, policy and practice reforms.

Course Content (papers you will select)

Visit the programme details page for additional information

OHSW is fundamentally about looking to the future and creating safer and healthier people, organisations and communities. You will gain a better understanding of how to manage OHSW at all levels of the organisation for positive transformational change. You will also enhance your skill set to enable you to be more proactive and responsive to evolving issues, provide OHSW leadership, engage others and manage OHSW in complex and challenging work environments through innovative and relevant frameworks.

The Centre for Occupational Health and Safety Research

The Centre for Occupational Health and Safety Research is proud to support the Graduate Diploma in Business focusing on Occupational Health, Safety and Wellbeing. Established in 2010, AUT’s Centre for Occupational Health and Safety Research (COHSR) is New Zealand’s premier research and teaching hub for inclusive, industry-led coalitions representing multiple stakeholders, including regulators, researchers, educators and trainers. It is also New Zealand’s only multidisciplinary OHS research centre with a mission to build a healthier and safer future.

Further information

Contact AUT Business School Executive Education:

Deborah Fox

Phone: +64 9 921 9999 x 6956
Email: deborah.fox@aut.ac.nz

Helen Parker

Phone:+64 9 921 9999 x 5510
Email: helen.parker@aut.ac.nz