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Graduate Diploma in Strategic Management


Course details

  • Subject to Approval
  • Jul 2023
    Feb 2024
  • One year
  • Full-time or Part-time
  • $7,140*
  • You may qualify for fee-free study under Fees Free Policy
  • Level 7
  • Available for International Students. International Fee Guideline
  • Hamilton City Campus


This programme is for those with a degree in another subject who want to progress into management and business strategy positions. Students will develop specialist skills in business strategy, analytics, and strategic thinking.

This programme includes a work placement and research project.

What you will learn

All modules in this programme are compulsory. Students will study eight modules in total – five focused on strategic management subjects such as marketing management, leadership, strategic planning and business and society, and one focused on business in the New Zealand context.

The module – Professional Project – includes a work placement and research project, bringing together all that has been learnt in the classroom.​​​ This is a great experience, where students get the opportunity to showcase their skills and talents and build networks and business relationships that can lead to job opportunities.

Click here for the Graduate Diploma in Strategic Management study planner.

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Compulsory modules

Module codeModule titleLevelCreditsPre-requisitesCo-requisites
BIBM787​Business Research Methods715  
​BIBM795Professional Work Placement715Students must complete and pass at least two (2) level 6 modules related to their major and BIBM787 Business Research Methods; Or equivalent knowledge and skills  
BIBM796Professional Project715Students must complete and pass at least two (2) level 6 modules related to their major and BIBM787 Business Research Methods; Or equivalent knowledge and skills  

Elective modules

Module codeModule titleLevelCreditsPre-requisitesCo-requisites
BIBM606Introduction to Finance615BIBM500 or equivalent knowledge and skills 
BIBM652 Services Marketing Management615

BIBM550 or equivalent knowledge and skills

BIBM654 Consumer Behaviour615

BIBM550 and BIBM570 or equivalent knowledge and skills

BIBM673 Project Management615  
BIBM676 Principles of Leadership615

BIBM571 or equivalent knowledge and skills

BIBM677 International Trade and Finance615BIBM572 or equivalent knowledge and skills 
BIBM678 Strategic Planning for Small Business615  
BIBM681 Human Resources 615  
BIBM682 Industrial Relations615  
BIBM683 Entrepreneurship615  
BIBM684 Innovation and Creativity615  
BIBM685 E-Commerce615  
DFNZ601 Design Thinking Launchpad61560 credits at Level 5 or pre-requisites may be waived at the discretion of the relevant Head of School/Centre Director or designated authority 
BIBM709 Special Topic715Students must complete and pass at least two (2) level 6 modules 
BIBM755 Strategic Marketing715Students must complete and pass at least two (2) level 6 modules related to their major 
BIBM771 Strategic Management715Students must complete and pass at least two level 6 modules related to their major 
BIBM775 Business and Society715Two of the following (or equivalent knowledge and skills): BIBM652, BIBM676, BIBM678 
BIBM780 Business Transformation and Change715BIBM671BIBM676 or equivalent knowledge and skills 
BIBM781 Advanced Human Resource Management715Two of the following (or equivalent knowledge and skills): BIBM682, BIBM681, BIBM674 

Transfer of credit

To ensure students have the knowledge and skills to prepare 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 an individual programme of study to take any TOC’s granted into account.

More information on transfer of credit​.

Applied Work Integrated Learning

Applied Work Integrated Learning (AWIL) is a formal part of the Centre for Business and Enterprise's (CBE) Bachelor of Applied Management degree and Graduate Diploma programmes.

In a business student’s final year of study they will undertake AWIL - an opportunity for students to apply their knowledge in a real work environment.

Due to the limited number of industry partners, only students who achieve a B+ average will have the opportunity to work onsite in a workplace to complete their research.


Entry criteria

General academic admission

Candidates are required to:
i) have successfully completed a bachelor degree from a New Zealand Institute or an Approved and Accredited Institution overseas ; or
ii) Successfully completed a Level 6 or 7 Diploma and relevant work and/or life experience (equivalent to a bachelor degree); or
iii) Evidence of equivalent practical, professional or educational experience e.g. three years full time work experience [relevant to selected field of study], as approved by the Centre Director or authorised nominee.

Special admission

Domestic applicants aged 20 years or above who have not met the General Admission or entry requirements for a programme but whose skills, education or work experience indicate that they have a reasonable chance of success1 may be eligible for Special Admission. Special admission will be granted at the discretion of the relevant Head of School/Centre Director or designated nominee. Such applicants may be required to successfully complete a foundation, bridging or tertiary introductory programme as a condition of entry into higher level programmes.

Provisional entry

Domestic applicants aged under 20 years who have not met the general academic admission and entry criteria for a programme but who can demonstrate a reasonable chance of success through other educational attainment and/or work or life experience may be eligible for provisional entry at the discretion of the relevant Head of School/Centre Director or designated nominee. Provisional entry places restrictions on re-enrolment to be lifted if the applicant’s performance is deemed satisfactory by the relevant Head of School/Centre Director or designated nominee.

English language requirements

Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 6.0, with no individual band score lower than 5.5; or equivalent.

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Your first day

Are you ready for your first day of class? Check out your start date and where you need to be. You can also find useful information about studying at Wintec on our welcome page.

Students starting Semester 2 2023

Date: Thursday 13 July 2023
Time: 9am-12pm
Venue: Events Room 1, Gallagher Hub, City Campus

Returning students

Please check your timetable for your first day.

What you will need

Timetable information, book, and equipment list will be available at the programme induction.

Please bring a pen and paper with you on your first day.

Timetable information

All Wintec timetables are available online here.

How to find your way around

Campus maps can be found here.

Parking and bus information

Both the Rotokauri and City campuses have parking available - permits are required. Learn more about parking and find out about discounted bus services here.

He reo pōwhiri, your official welcome to Wintec

Tēnei te mihi mahana ki a koe e piki nei, e kake nei ki te Kuratini o Waikato.

You are warmly invited to attend the official welcome to Wintec for all new students, staff and whānau (family) at either our marae, Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa or Rotokauri campus. The pōwhiri is a welcoming ceremony involving mihimihi (speeches), waiata (singing), and will conclude with kai timotimo (light refreshments). Please gather at the campus hubs, and a staff member will guide you through our pōwhiri.

Click here to find out when the next pōwhiri will be.

Paying for your study

Course-related costs

Additional information


Purchasing textbooks

If your programme requires you to have access to textbooks, these can be purchased through a range of suppliers listed below:

    New Zealand-based suppliers

    General book suppliers

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