Postgraduate Diploma in Business

With the Postgraduate Diploma in Business you develop advanced level business skills in as little as one year.

If you want to build on your undergraduate degree in a business area, this programme could be for you. Courses cover advanced knowledge and research skills that will enhance your career prospects.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Business is a pathway to further study in the Master of Business or the Master of Philosophy .

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Minimum entry requirements

Completed one of the following or equivalent:

  • Bachelor of Business OR
  • Graduate Diploma in Business OR
  • Relevant professional qualification approved by the Dean (or representative) to be equivalent to a bachelor’s degree

Students who studied level 7 business courses as part of a degree different than stated above may also meet the entry requirements. If this applies to you, contact us to find out more.

All final admission to this programme is subject to approval by the dean (or representative).

International student entry requirements

English language requirements

  • IELTS (Academic) 6.5 overall with a minimum score of 6.0 in each band

English language requirements

Contact us to find out more

Faculty Postgraduate Research Office 
Phone +64 9 921 9999 ext 5280

To graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma in Business you must successfully complete 120 points from the Master of Business courses, subject to meeting prerequisite requirements.

You can focus on one of the following specialist business disciplines: Accounting, Economics, Finance, Information Systems, International Business, Management, Marketing, Sport Leadership and Management (if you complete at least 75 points in your chosen subject).

The Postgraduate Diploma in Business doesn’t include a research project, but can serve as a pathway into the Master of Business research degree (subject to completing research methods courses).

Master of Business

Detailed information about courses in this programme

Detailed programme structure and course outlines

Skills you will develop

The outcomes for graduates of the Postgraduate Diploma in Business are outlined in the Graduate Profile below.

Graduate Profile

To help you make the most of postgraduate study in business, we run an induction for new postgraduate research students before the semester starts.

In this session, we welcome you to the programme and cover the information you need about AUT and your postgraduate research programme.

Covered in the induction

  • Postgraduate research programmes
  • Student support
  • Library resources
  • Introduction to Canvas
  • Research skills preparation
    • What is research?
    • How is research conducted?
    • Literature search and library skills
  • Research skills seminars
Quick facts
Programme code:
1 year full-time / part-time available
City Campus
27 Feb 2023
17 Jul 2023
$10,277 (for 120 points)
($9,203 tuition fees + $1074 student services levy)
$35,074 (for 120 points)
($34,000 tuition fees + $1074 student services levy)
  • Fees shown are based on a full-time workload for the points indicated next to the fee. The exact fee charged will depend on which courses you select at the time of enrolment.
  • Fees are subject to change year to year. If you are planning for study beyond the current year, fees may vary from those stated.
  • There may also be other fees and charges you need to pay.
  • International students' tuition fees reflect the full cost of tuition. Domestic students' tuition fees are less due to a proportion of the tuition fees being funded by the New Zealand Government.

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