Course details

Graduate Diploma in Project Management
NZQF Level 7

About the course

About this programme

This programme will give you the skills and expertise to manage projects from start to finish, to deliver projects on time and to  budget. Managing projects is an exciting career path and can be utilised anywhere in the world.

You will develop the theory and practical applications required of project managers and also have the opportunity to join the NZ Project Management Institute and complete their professional examinations.

What you will learn

You will study the principles of project management, business finance, operations management, advanced project management and Business Transformation and Change. These skills and knowledge gained will be used as you complete an industry project.

The project management knowledge you will gain on this programme aligns with the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBoK)®, as defined by the Project Management Institute. This knowledge will give you a solid foundation should you wish to seek certification with The Project Management Institute.

Courses in this programme


You will have approximately 4 hours of class time a week for each course followed by approximately 10 hours of self-directed study.

Our lectures are supported by our e-learning resources. This contains lecture presentations, additional reading, discussion forums and other resources which help reinforce your learning.

Career opportunities

Build your career around Project Management. An exciting and demanding career that can take you in many different directions and into many industries. With career opportunities in Business, Banking, Event Management, IT, Construction, Hospitality, Government, Health and Manufacturing, you will have the project planning expertise as well as your management skills to ensure projects are completed successfully on time and within budget.

Additional costs 

There are additional costs for text books. These can vary from $50 to $150 per course. Class materials $50.

There are additional costs associated with membership of the Project Management Institute and for those who wish to sit the PMI professional examinations.

Admission information

Academic Requirements

  • A Bachelor's degree in any field excluding project management.

  • or alternatively, a Level 6 or 7 Diploma and relevant work and/or life experience (equivalent to a Bachelor's degree).

  • or Evidence of equivalent practical, professional or educational experience eg. 3 - 5 years full time work experience (relevant to business studies).

If English is not your first language you may also be required to provide evidence of your English language skills as listed below.

  • IELTS 6.0 Academic (no band lower than 5.5 in all subtests).For acceptable alternatives refer to the English Proficiency Outcomes Chart.

Qualifications gained 

Northland Polytechnic Graduate Diploma in Project Management

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About the provider

As Northland’s leading tertiary education provider we offer high quality, relevant and practical education to prepare you or your whānau for further education or your next career move. NorthTec’s programmes are designed to suit students entering study with varying levels of previous study and life experience. Start your life-changing journey towards an internationally-recognised qualification from a state-owned tertiary institution with a great academic reputation.

NorthTec has campuses and learning centres in Whangarei, Kaikohe, Kerikeri, Dargaville and Kaitaia. 

We’re transforming lives right here in Northland so whether you imagine yourself as a chef, a nurse, or dream of getting a job in a trade, check out our over 100 programmes and enrol now for a brighter future.