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Graduate Diploma in Innovation and Entrepreneurship


  • Semester 1 start February 2018
  • Semester 2 starts July 2018
  • Fee Guideline: $6,373* (Per Year) (International students: Please click here for fees)
  • One year full-time
  • Hamilton City Campus

Do you have a new idea and want to know how to make it a reality? If you like to think outside the box then this graduate qualification is for you! Y​ou will learn how t​o innovate and create game-changing products and services, build a great team, incorporate customers’ feedback in developing your service or product, learn from failures and turn them into opportunities, raise funds that you need for growth and know how to choose an appropriate and timely exit strategy.

Innovation and entrepreneurship is crucial for the continuing success of any organisation – learn how you can make a difference in the world.

Programme Content

All modules in the Graduate Diploma in Innovation and Entrepreneurship are compulsory. You will study seven ​modules in total – five focus on innovation and entrepreneurship subjects such as creativity, strategic planning, product development and managing growth, and one focuses on business in the New Zealand context. Your final module – BIBM788 Professional Project – includes a work placement and research project, bringing together all you have learnt in the classroom.


Schedule of Modules

Module CodeModule TitleLevelCreditsPre-RequisitesCo-Requisites

BIBM684Innovation and Creativity615

BIBM678Strategic Planning for Small Business​

BIBM783Managing Business Growth715

BIBM784Product Development715
Students must complete and pass at least two (2) level 6 modules related to their major or equivalent knowledge and skills
BIBM787Professional Practice715

​​BIBM788Professional Project​
BIBM787 and any two of the Level 6 modules listed above ​
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Transfer of Credit

To ensure you have the knowledge and skills to prepare you for BIBM788 Professional Project, a transfer of credit (TOC) will not normally be considered for this programme. In exceptional circumstances any TOC’s will be at the discretion of the CBITE Programme Committee and will not exceed 25% of the programme. Any such consideration for TOC’s should be made no later than two weeks before the start of this programme to allow for your individual programme of study to take any TOC’s granted into account.

For more information on transfer of credit, go to the International page on the Wintec website.

Professional (Co-op Education) Project

A major feature of the Graduate Diploma in Innovation and Entrepreneurship is the Professional Project – a 30 credit module that is your last piece of academic work. The purpose of this module is to provide you with the opportunity to understand the complexities of a working environment and to put the theory you have learnt in the classroom into practice. The Professional Project comprises two parts – a work placement and a research project. The work placement is unpaid and can be in any area of business. We encourage you to find your own placement and will consider your paid employment as part of your placement. The research project will focus on real industry research.

Students must have a B+ average to qualify for the opportunity to complete their professional project in industry.

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Click here for more information on the Co-operative Education Project.

Entry Criteria

  • A degree conferred by a New Zealand tertiary education institution
  • A New Zealand Qualification Authority recognised degree from an overseas tertiary institution
  • Demonstration of equivalent practical, professional or educational experiences which may include other qualifications at Level 6 and Level 7 on the National Qualifications Framework

Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have an IELTS score of 6.0, with a minimum of 5.5 in the written band.


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