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Diploma in Advanced Project Management – Level 7

Take your career to the next level with an advanced Project Management Qualification. 

This is an Ideal next step if you are already working in a Business or Management position, and want to add a high level practical & theoretical understanding of Project Management and Advanced Management strategies.

You will develop the specialist knowledge which will enable you to plan, implement and manage large scale project work in a New Zealand and Internationally. Also included is advanced Facilitative Management strategies to develop your communication and influencing skills.

To ensure your success we offer a smaller class size, maximum support and a personalised experience. *This Diploma pathways and cross credits into Massey University Business Degrees.

Paper Summary – What you will be learning about

Paper CodeTitleCreditsLevel
DPM 701Management Environmental Analysis and Theory157
DPM 702Advanced Facilitation Practice157
DPM (APM) 708Project Planning, Legislation and Risk157
DPM 705Advanced Facilitative Management Practice157
DPM 706Management Research and Evaluation Methods157
DPM (APM) 709Project Implementation157
DPM (APM) 802Advanced Project Management308

Management Environmental Analysis & Theory

Core management strategies, practice and expertise are examined and honed in this paper. Learners examine theories and frameworks underpinning such professional management practice, and delineate how effective learning and effective professional management practices result in high performing organisations.

Project Planning, Legislation & Risk

Authentic project plans are created in response to client briefs and legislative requirements investigated. Project plan is critically reviewed and revised to address these legislative requirements, and holistic risk management strategy created to support the project plan. The paper culminates in a professional presentation of the project plan.

Advanced Facilitation Practice

Key communication and advanced influencing and facilitation skill used in mentoring and coaching processes are identified and demonstrated in this paper. A range of facilitative approaches are analysed in depth, motivation of teams in a professional manner, and factors and issues that impact on effective professional facilitative management are evaluated.

Project Implementation

An authentic project plan is implemented and project outcomes evaluated in this paper. The management of the project is critically evaluated, project manager development plan created and professionally presented.

Advanced Facilitative Management Practice

Advanced communication and cultural skills employed by facilitative managers are analysed and applied along with professional feedback and performance coaching capabilities. Creative thinking and professional reflection are also studied to support the ability to motivate and inspire staff to achieve at the highest levels of effectiveness and quality.

Advanced Project Management Level: 8

Credits: 30 Project Management Plan from real or simulated client brief is created, implemented, monitored, and reported. Learners exhibit professional management practice capabilities along with creative, higher and associative thinking during project implementation, and evaluate and create professional project report.

Management Research and Evaluation Methods

Professional level management research project proposal is created in this paper after learners have analysed action and appreciative inquiry research methodology and evaluated variables effectively influencing professional manager practice through research literature. Research project ethics application is also developed and a professional management practice research project is orally defended.

Are You a Domestic or International Student?

Domestic Students

Study options



2020 - 3 Feb 3, 27 April, 20 July, 12 Oct

Domestic Student fees

Tuition fees – $6,499
Course Costs – $599

*Studylink approved – we can help you apply

Course Duration

40 weeks fulltime



International Students

Study options



2020 - 3 Feb 3, 27 April, 20 July, 12 Oct

International Student fees

Total fees – $20,848
*Travel Insurance additional

Course Duration

40 weeks fulltime

*You may be eligible for a 2 year post study work visa when studying in Tauranga – check with the enrolment team



Programme Details


Diploma in Professional Management (Advanced Project Management) Level 7 (120 credits)

Entry Criteria

Students must be at least 20 years of age in the year of study and hold as a minimum a Level 5 Diploma and 3 years’ related work experience, or a Level 6 Diploma and two years’ related work experience; or, a degree and one year of work experience; or, the applicant can demonstrate equivalent level 6 academic plus practical, professional or technical knowledge and skills in an entrance examination and admission interview that would be held prior to confirmation of enrolment.

International students who have achieved their qualifications in non-English speaking educational settings must also provide evidence of having achieved an IELTS Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5 5 in one test event, (or current English language equivalent)

What you can expect

You will enjoy the practical work integrated teaching style with visits to local businesses and discussions with professional project managers and leaders. Regular tutorials will be run by the programme tutor along with one on one coaching sessions in a new purpose built and uncrowded training facility.

Future Study Pathways

Higher education programmes at a Degree or Post Graduate level.

Programme content

Programme content includes the study of management context issues in New Zealand business or social sectors, advanced project management, organisational learning facilitation, governance, quality management, budgeting and finance, advanced communication and team facilitation, advanced facilitative management, productivity and sustainability, audit and evaluation studies, change management; evaluative research methods, ethical and holistic safety support and risk management.

The programme incorporates aspects of Hauora and Whare Tapa Rima. Quadruple bottom-line sustainability; continuous improvement orientation and professional reflective practice models underpin all papers.

Employment Options

This qualification will give you a wide range of potential employment options nationally and internationally in a range of industries. These include working as a project manager in many context such as an operational or production line project manager, digital or commercial project manager, development or residential project manager, infrastructure or engineering project manager, or as a team project lead and other management or advisor roles.

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