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New Zealand Diploma in Business (Management & Leadership) – Level 6

Become a more effective Manager and a more Inspirational leader! This programme will help you develop the skills and knowledge to manage and lead at an operational level in a range of diverse business environments, in New Zealand and Internationally.

Graduates will develop the core Management and Leadership skills to be effective leading teams, projects and businesses.

Topics include Management Strategy, Managing for Innovation & Strategic Advantage, Change Management, Marketing, Business Operations, Finance Strategy and more.

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.
*Part time study options available.


Paper Summary – What you will be learning about

Paper CodeTitleCreditsLevel
NZDB 601Business Strategy156
NZDB 602Strategic Management156
NZDB 603Managing Innovation and Change for Strategic Advantage156
NZDB 604Facilitative Management Practice156
NZDB (M & L) 605Business Environment & Financial Planning206
NZDB (M & L) 606Change Project Management & Leadership206
NZDB (M & L) 609Work-Based / Simulation-Based Business Project206

Business Strategy

This paper evaluates approaches to integrate bicultural partnership with Maori to strategise for strategic business advantage. It assesses impact of external environment on business organisations and develops strategic objectives and strategies for competitive business advantage.

Business Environment & Financial Planning

This paper analyses the impact of operating in a global context on New Zealand organisations. It also examines the management of compliance to internal and external requirements and analyses and applies financial information to make informed decisions and forecasts.

Strategic Management

The aim of this paper is to implement business strategies by aligning organisational resources including human resources and capabilities with strategic business objectives. It also evaluates risk management strategies, promotes strategic objectives, and employs professional communication feedback strategies relevant to organisational strategy and performance.

Change Project Management & Leadership

The focus of this paper is to lead and manage projects or business initiatives including leading and implementing change within the business. Learners lead and model organisational culture for business success. The paper also employs project profiling methods, utilises Kotter’s change model to successfully implement change project. Change project outcomes are evaluated and recommendations justified for continuous improvement.

Managing Innovation & Change for Strategic Advantage

Contributing business knowledge to innovation and organisational change at strategic levels is the key focus of this paper. It also includes developing and maintaining strategic business relationships with stakeholders for organisational change at strategic levels.

Work-Based / Simulation-Based Business Project

This paper provides learners with the opportunity to work with a New Zealand Business Organisation to gain practical workplace experience, or, achieve paper outcomes through realistic simulations and scenarios that will amplify real world experiences in a fully interactive manner. It allows learners to integrate classroom learning with the workplace and thus actively reflect on both theory and practice. Learners will access and manage resources to improve organisational performance. They communicate with stakeholders to engage them with the strategic vision of the organisation, and manage and lead teams to enable them to achieve personal and organisational goals.

Facilitative Management Practice

This paper deals with facilitative management and collaborative skills to apply analytical and problem-solving strategies to resolve complex situations and challenges. It also provides for learners to model professional, ethical, socially and culturally appropriate behaviour, and motivate and develop self and others to improve employee engagement and productivity.

Are You a Domestic or International Student?

Domestic Students

Study options



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

Domestic Student fees

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

*You may be eligible for Fees Free – check with the enrolment team
*StudyLink approved – we can help you apply

Course Duration

40 weeks fulltime



International Students

Study options



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

International Student fees

Total cost – $18,397
*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


New Zealand Diploma in Business (Level 6) (120 Credits)

Entry Criteria

All applicants must be at least 18 years of age and must have completed the New Zealand qualification standard NCEA level 2. Subjects must have included English, reading, writing and maths. International students must have completed the equivalent qualification in their home country. Provisional entry may also be granted to applicants who do not meet the criteria above, but:

  • Present evidence of ability to succeed, (e.g., maturity, life experience, work experience, other study); OR
  • Provide evidence of relevant prior learning and experience

All applicants who have English as a second language must have an International English Language Test System (IELTS)
score of 6.0 with no individual band score lower than 5.5 in a single test event (or equivalent).

All applicants will be required to complete an Enrolment Form and may be interviewed in person or via telephone or Skype to evaluate their suitability for the programme.

What you can expect

Students can expect interactive classes with field trips, guest speakers and the chance to meet local business leaders. Regular tutorials will be run by the tutor along with one on one coaching sessions in a new purpose built and uncrowded training facility.

Future Study Pathways

NZ Diploma in Business level 7

Graduates of this programme may gain an Accounting Technician professional membership with Chartered Accountant Australia / New Zealand

Programme content

Programme content includes business strategy, strategic management, managing innovation and change, facilitative management practice, business environment and financial planning, change management and leadership.

Employment Options

This flexible qualification will give you a wide range of employment options including as a business development manager, operations manager, programme coordinator, facilities managers, procurement manager, customer services manager or as a business manager in a wide range of business sectors.

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