Postgraduate Certificate in Strategic Leadership


The Postgraduate Certificate in Strategic Leadership aims to build the knowledge, skills and capabilities of managers and leaders. It is the ideal solution for students who do not currently have time to complete the full Master of Business Administration (MBA) programme.

The PGCertStratLdrship consists of six courses which can be taken in any order and are taught in a modular format over two Fridays and Saturdays. 

The PGCertStratLdrship is one of the qualifications available in the Executive Development Programmes, designed to provide you with professional skills, experience and business connections.

Entry requirements

Postgraduate certificates and diplomas require a relevant bachelor's degree. If you gained your qualifications overseas, these will need to be assessed to ensure they are of an equivalent standard.

Qualification specific requirements

Students entering the PGCertStratLdrship must have:

  • at least five years of practical, professional or scholarly work experience of an appropriate kind, and
  • performed to an acceptable standard in any tests or interviews conducted by the MBA Director, and
  • approval as a student from the Dean of Business.

For full entry requirements see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Certificate in Strategic Leadership or use the admission requirements checker.

You are also required to meet UC’s English language requirements.

See the 'How to apply' section below for more details.

Qualification structure and duration

The PGCertStratLdrship consists of a minimum of 60 points from courses in the schedule and approved by the Director of Postgraduate Management Development Programmes.

It takes between 1-3 years to complete the course.

Note: Upon completion of the courses, and with good grades, students may credit these to the MBA programme.

Subjects and courses

For the up-to-date schedule of courses, visit our University Regulations website.

How to apply

A special application is required and you can apply at any time. See the Executive Development Programmes application process for details of entry requirements, application forms and start dates (there are various commencement dates).

Find out how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.

Career opportunities

Postgraduate study can bring many career benefits eg, specialist skills and enhanced knowledge, entry into specific occupations, higher starting salary/progression rates, research capability/achievement and evidence of high academic attainment/self-discipline. 

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More information

For full requirements see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Certificate in Strategic Leadership.

For study planning help contact the Executive Development Programmes team:

Executive Development Programmes
Email executivedevelopment@canterbury.ac.nz
Phone +64 3 369 3669

College of Business and Law
EDP Enquiries Level 5, Business and Law building

Postal address
Executive Development Programmes
College of Business and Law
University of Canterbury
Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand


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