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New Zealand Diploma in Business (Management & Leadership) – Level 5

This Diploma uniquely focuses on business planning and management for strategic advantage. It paves the way for critical leadership skills to be acquired, so you learn how to effectively manage processes and people, and to therefore improve business productivity. 

The programme pulls apart what it means to be an effective manager versus a positive manager. You will learn how to develop a positive workplace culture, how to negotiate and positively influence others, how to manage projects and techniques for continuous improvement. Graduates can pathways into our Diploma in Business level 6.

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
NZDB 501Business Environment155
NZDB 502Fundamentals of Marketing155
NZDB 503Business Operations & Resources155
NZDB 504Management Professional Development & Practice155
NZDB (M & L) 505Business Planning205
NZDB (M & L) 506Business Leadership205
NZDB (M & L) 509Work-Integrated Business Project205

Business Environment

This paper focuses on the key external elements of the business environment and their impact on business entities. It also assesses the value of the stakeholder model of business. The paper further examines the concept of biculturalism, Treaty of Waitangi and its subsequent principles, and analyses the core effects of biculturalism and Māori contribution of knowledge and beliefs to business and management.

Business Planning

This paper focuses on business planning and promotion of compliance with internal and external requirements of business organisations.
You will develop strategic plan for a selected organisation, plan and evaluate for its implementation, evaluate the benefits of a robust
compliance programme, and examine the role of leadership, organisational culture and management of change in implementing the business strategy.

Fundamentals of Marketing

This paper examines the fundamentals of marketing including theory, tools, and best practices in industry. It focuses on key components of the marketing planning process for marketing decisions, analyses consumers buying behavior, explores concepts of segmentation, targeting and positioning to real life situations, evaluates the marketing mix variables and provides for recommendations for development of marketing strategies.

Business Leadership

The aim of this paper is to develop your leadership abilities and skills to successfully negotiate and manage decision-making in a modern business environment. The paper also examines culture, diversity and gender issues in business leadership, and focuses on the
application of motivational strategies for positive workplace culture and team engagement, and provides for leadership strategies to implement
activities within a strategic plan including change management.

Business Operations & Resources

The contribution of operations management to organisational objectives is the key focus of this paper. Included are human resource management functions and their impact on productivity, and risk management principles in human resource activities. It also explores concepts of change management and innovation, and encourages innovative thinking and practice by investigating and solving industry-based challenges with regard to innovation and change in operational contexts.

Work-Integrated Business Project

This paper constitutes the simulated work-integrated based learning component of the programme.  You will examine key concepts and practices of quality management and continuous improvement, and manage a business project within its scope, resources, and time. Specifically, you will develop a project quality plan, apply techniques to implement effective and efficient solutions for continuous improvement,
monitor and evaluate the outcomes of the project, and make justified recommendations for improvements in the future.

Management Professional Development & Practice

This paper aims to build connections between management theory and practice and to equip learners with professional skills and behaviour to establish and succeed in their management careers. Learners will practice in accordance to industry expectations and best standards and demonstrate ethical behaviour. They will also employ professional communication conventions, apply problem solving frameworks, and assess risks and make recommendations to management.

Are You a Domestic or International Student?

Domestic Students

Study options



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

Domestic Student fees

Tuition fees – $5,725
Course Costs – $599

*You may be eligible for Fees Free –  check with the enrolment team
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Course Duration

40 weeks fulltime


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International Students

Study options



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

International Student fees

Total Cost – $18,397 
2 year combo deal (Business level
5 & level 6) – $29,795

*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 5) (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 are over 20 years will be considered for the programme.

Applicants who have English as a second language must have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 5.5 with no individual band score lower than 5.0 in a single test event (or equivalent test).

All applicants will be required to complete an Application and 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 managers from local employers. 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 (Management & Leadership) level 6

This programme also pathways into Massey University Business Degrees.

Programme content

Programme content includes ​strategic planning, implementation of business strategy plan, leadership, organisational culture, management of change, internal and external compliance requirement, business leadership, behaviour, negotiation, negotiation skills, decision-making, culture, diversity, gender, motivational strategies, leadership strategy, quality management, continuous improvement, operational issues, and project planning.

Employment Options

This qualification will give you a wide range of employment options including as a trainee manager, assistant manager, assistant team leader, supervisor, coordinator, team leader role at an operational level within New Zealand business entities.
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