Postgraduate Diploma in Business
The Postgraduate Diploma in Business provides the skills and competencies that will allow graduates to gain employment within the private and public sector in relevant business positions. It also provides a pathway to the Master of Business Management and Master of Professional Accounting programmes.
As one of the qualifications available within the Executive Development Programmes, you will gain business experience, professional skills and industry connections within a short timeframe, and no previous background in business is required. Graduates will gain the confidence to challenge existing commercial practice and participate in the development of new and innovative business strategies.
UC's School of Business and Economics is ranked in the top five percent in the world as part of the accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). UC ranks in the top 200 universities in the world for Business and Management Studies (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2017).
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
Candidates must have a bachelor's degree with at least a B grade average in 300-level courses, or equivalent, and been approved as a candidate for the degree by the Dean of Commerce.
For full entry requirements see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Business 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 programme must be completed over nine months full-time or up to four years part-time.
Subjects and courses
The PGDipBus courses cover core business subjects that industry stakeholders consider to be important for any business graduate at a postgraduate level. The courses required for the Postgraduate Diploma in Business are the core knowledge courses required as part of the Master of Business Management and Master of Professional Accounting:
- MBAZ601 Managerial Accounting
- MBAZ602 Business Economics
- MBAZ603 Managerial Finance
- MBAZ604 Business Research Methods
- MBAZ605 Business Law
- MBUS601 Marketing
- MBUS602 Leadership
- MBUS603 Managing People and Performance
How to apply
A special application is required. See the PGDipBus application process for details of entry requirements, application forms and start dates.
Find out how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.
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.
- See what other UC postgraduate students have gone on to achieve in their studies and careers by looking at our student and graduate profiles.
- Our Careers, Internships & Employment team can help you to achieve the career you want, connect with employers or find a job.
- For research into career destinations by qualification, visit the Universities New Zealand website and UC's Careers, Internships & Employment page.
- See what information events UC has coming up for prospective postgraduate students.
For full requirements see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Business.
For study planning help contact the Executive Development Programmes team:
College of Business and Law
EDP Enquiries Level 5, Business and Law building
Executive Development Programmes
College of Business and Law
University of Canterbury
Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha
Private Bag 4800