Selecting a programme of study

Find out what the difference is between research and taught programmes. Choose between types of degrees and diploma programmes; and postgraduate or executive and manager programmes.

Programme types


Postgraduate study offers you the opportunity to pursue a higher qualification that builds on your previous studies or allows you to develop specialist knowledge.

You can choose from the following types of degrees and diploma programmes:

  • Doctorate: internationally recognised degrees of real distinction if you intend to pursue an academic or research career.
  • Masters: degrees that offer you advanced specialist study and/or research in a particular field.
  • Postgraduate diplomas: graduate level qualifications that provide you with opportunities to venture into research and a pathway into a masters degree
  • Bachelors (Honours): degrees that attract the highest level of students wishing to pursue their learning and research at postgraduate level. The additional year of research-based study provides students with additional understanding of the subject and a larger range of analytical skills, so you are better equipped to commence your professional career.
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Research or taught study?


Our programmes fall into two main categories – research programmes and taught programmes. Part-time study options are available for all programmes.

  • Research programmes involve research that generally leads to the writing of a thesis, composition or performance. These programmes are ideal if you want to explore an area of interest, to test the status quo and/or to develop a new body of creative work or understanding.
  • Taught programmes generally incorporate both lecture and project/research components. They are designed for people who want to gain higher qualifications to achieve a career aspiration or for personal development.

For information on course based outcomes please go to the Ministry of Education Which Course Where website.

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Postgraduate or executive and manager programmes?


Our programmes are designed to meet your area of interest, your desired pace of study and to fit with your academic and professional goals.

  • Postgraduate programmes
    These programmes require a prior undergraduate qualification and usually have a higher research based component. Postgraduate programmes include Bachelor (Honours), Masters and Doctor of Philosophy. The Business School has eleven postgraduate disciplines to choose from.
  • Executive and manager programmes
    Programmes for working executives and managers. These programmes may not require a prior undergraduate qualification but will require prior work experience. Business School programmes include MBA, Master of Management, Postgraduate Diploma in Business and a Specialist Master. We also offer more than 300 short courses - from Open Enrolment Short Courses ranging from half day snap shots to one and two day courses. In-house and Customised Short Courses are available for our corporate and government clients.
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