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Postgraduate Diploma in Business

Key facts

  • Available at Auckland
  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available at Wellington
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • One year full-time study; Up to a maximum of four years part-time study.
  • Available for international students studying in NZ or via distance learning

A postgraduate qualification in a shorter space of time

This postgraduate diploma can be completed in a year full-time.

What is it like?

Find out more about entry requirements, fees and courses in the planning section.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Business (PGDipBus) provides you with an advanced education in specialist business areas. It consists of taught courses, though you may include a project in an area of interest. It is suited to those who have a degree (not necessarily in business) and would like to study business at a postgraduate level.

Internationally leading

Massey University’s business and management studies rank in the top 300 in the world (by QS (Quacquarelli Symonds). We are ranked No.1 in New Zealand and in the top 150 universities worldwide for our business administration and finance programmes by ShanghaiRanking.

Flexible focus

If you undertake this postgraduate diploma, you may design an academic programme to meet your own needs and interests.


The Postgraduate Diploma in Business utilises Massey Business School’s world-leading expertise across a broad range of specialisations including international business, human resources, enterprise development, finance and marketing. You will be learning from experts from within these fields.

Why postgraduate study?

Postgraduate study is hard work but hugely rewarding and empowering. The workload of the Postgraduate Diploma in Business replicates the high-pressure environment of senior workplace roles and high-level research. Our experts are there to guide but if you have come from undergraduate study, you will find that postgraduate study demands more in-depth and independent study.

Not just more of the same

Postgraduate study is not just ‘more of the same’ undergraduate study. It takes you to a new level in knowledge and expertise.

If you complete the programme at a satisfactory level you may be able to proceed to the Master of Business Studies or the Master of Management. If so, credits you have gained through this postgraduate diploma may be credited to the master’s programme, but this will depend on the specific choice of courses.


A good fit if you:

  • Wish to try postgraduate study, without a strong research component
  • Have an undergraduate business degree, but not necessarily in the subject you wish to major in for your PGDip
  • Wish to progress in in your career to more senior roles
Andres Felipe Ramos Lopez
Postgraduate Diploma in Business and Administration (Marketing)

“I found that Massey Uni is focused on a perfect blend between theoretical concepts and applying those on to a practical environment…”

It's a major challenge when it comes to choosing a place to study. At the beginning when I arrived in New Zealand, I only knew about the University of Auckland, mainly because of the Academic English course I took there in 2010. After comparing it with some other universities like Victoria, Otago, AUT, I found that Massey Uni is focused on a perfect blend between theoretical concepts and putting those on to a practical environment. For that reason, I chose Massey as it offers a complete balance between both sides. Also, I got the best attention and support from the staff compared to other institutions and its neat academic facilities.

The learning experience was a new thing for me due to my previous background in sound engineering. Nonetheless I was helped by the fact the Albany campus environment is perfect for student life, far from the city and away from distractions, making it a good place to study.

It turned out to be a magnificent experience as I learned from the best people in the field of qualitative research such as Dr Bulmer and Dr Palakshappa and not least, Dr Andrew Murphy, a legend among marketing students and head of the department of marketing. Now the future couldn't be more promising as I have got a little bit of experience working for an Australian based company called Aida. My role involves dealing with people on a daily basis and keeping sales consistent every day, as well as training people. On the other hand, my expectations are to save money and invest back in Colombia before going back to school to expand my knowledge.

Lastly, I will say that my study gave me a sense of research or eagerness towards getting answers to questions. I definitely recommend Massey Uni as the best place to learn due to its environment and primary focus towards building excellent professionals. Lastly, as a piece of advice to all students at this level, I would suggest they ask as many questions as they can, and to take advantage of all the knowledge they can take from lecturers. In the end, the ones who are getting all the benefits are the students because knowledge makes everybody's life easier.


Sought after by employers

International trends are for employers to reward postgraduate study well, especially in larger enterprises. The skills you learn are increasingly recognised as setting you apart from other potential employees.

Earn more

A 2017 Ministry of Education publication The post-study earnings and destinations of young domestic graduates, found that in New Zealand earnings and employment rates increase with the level of qualification completed.

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