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Graduate Diploma in Retail Management​


  • Semester 1 starts February 2018
  • Semester 2 starts July 2018
  • Summer School - November 2017
  • One year full-time
  • Fee Guideline - $6,373* (Per Year) (International students: Please click here for fees)
  • Campus - Hamilton City Campus

The Graduate Diploma in Retail Management develops advanced understanding in the art of successful selling in today's competitive market and the unique focus on retail will allow students to develop a career in retail management.

For those that are working either full-time or part-time in retail, the development of skills in store designs, marketing campaigns, customer in store experiences and creating retail concepts will help them to advance through their organisation or into permanent roles.

Programme Content

All modules in the Graduate Diploma in Retail Management are compulsory. You will study eight modules in total – five focus on retail management subjects such as market development, consumer behaviour, retail marketing and enterprise and one module 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.


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.

For the full programme regulations, click here.

Professional (Co-op Education) Project

A major feature of the Graduate Diploma in Retail Management 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 research project in industry.

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

Entry Criteria

Candidates must:

  • 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.

Schedule of Modules

Module Code Module Name Level Credits Pre-requisites Co-requisites
BIBM653Market Development and Sales615BIBM550 
BIBM654Consumer Behaviour615BIBM550,BIBM570 
BIBM758Retail Marketing715At least two level 6 or 7 Marketing modules, or relevant industry experience 
BIBM754Retailing Enterprise and Management715Two level 6 or 7 Marketing modules, or relevant industry experience. 
BIBM787Professional Practice715  
BIBM788Professional Project730BIBM787and any two of the Level 6 modules listed in this table. 

Specified Electives – one of the following:

Module Code Module Name Level Credits Pre-requisites Co-requisites
BIBM652Services Marketing Management615BIBM550 

Career/further opportunities

The Graduate Diploma in Retail Management prepares graduates for employment in business. Employment opportunities for Retail Management include sales assistants, department manager, store manager, merchandise buyer and specialist management positions. 

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