Diploma in Shipping and Freight Level 5

Logistics is the science of planning, organising and managing activities that provide goods and services right through to consumers. It’s getting the right product to the right place at the right time with the right quality and at the right price.

Start your logistics career here. Job opportunities after graduation include import/export clerk, customs broker, inventory controller, purchasing officer, container controller and so on. Over 90% of our graduates get jobs in our local booming logistics industry.

Programme Details

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Deliver the goods with a sought-after qualification
Study for one of the industry’s most sought-after diplomas.  The Diploma in Shipping and Freight and the Diploma in Supply Chain Management are the only dedicated full-time programmes in New Zealand that specifically prepare you for employment in the shipping,freight and logistics industries – plus they have full industry support.

You’ll gain foundation knowledge in transport on a global scale and in a global environment, the application of logisitics principles, cargo care, the importation and exportation of hazardous goods, the law relating to transportation, and how to write and present reports. You’ll then go on to specialise in your chosen pathway. Field trips and site visits add to the practical hands-on nature of the programme. You’ll be assessed by a variety of assignments and examinations which develop sound time-management and study skills.

Depending on your prior level of experience, on graduating, you could be ready to take on supervisory roles. Or if you want to progress to management roles, you can take your study to the next level with industry-specific MIT graduate diplomas or a Bachelor of Applied Management.

Shipping and Freight specialisation has been specifically designed for those wanting to obtain IATA and FIATA diplomas in Cargo, Freight Forwarding and Air Dangerous Goods (additional fees may apply).

Graduates of the Diploma in Shipping and Freight are trained to the standard to apply for New Zealand Customs PIN or UUI examinations.

If you are enrolled for the Diploma in Shipping and Freight you have a choice of studying either at the MIT Manukau campus or the NZMS city campus.

Scholarships and prizes are offered to selected students.

Programme Code MN4462
Study Method Full time
Qualification MIT Diploma
Duration Two semesters (full time)
Applications Close when programme is full
Start Dates February and July
Level 5
Credits 120
Fees $6,486 (approx)
International Student Fees $17,450 per year

Offered by

New Zealand Maritime School

Entry Requirements

Applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • A minimum of 48 NCEA credits at Level 2 or equivalent
  • Successful completion of the MIT Certificate in Business or equivalent
  • Successful completion of the MIT Certificate in Logistics or equivalent
  • Evidence of academic achievement at Level 4 (prospective students may be required to complete a research essay to show academic prowess)
  • Have English language competence to undertake this programme which is taught and assessed in English. Any applicant whose first language is not English must provide evidence of an overall IELTS (Academic) band score of 6.0 (with no score below 5.5) or equivalent.
  • Personal presentation and discipline, communication skills, attitude and motivation to learn and succeed will be determined through an interview.  All applicants will be interviewed.  The interview will be conducted by a panel of at least two staff.  The interview will also provide an opportunity to outline the programme and to ensure the student is aware of the course content and assessment policies.  The interview will also ensure that the applicant has applied for the most appropriate level of programme by assessing work experience, prior learning and aptitude. 

Applicants will be accepted in order of application.  Preference may be given to graduates from the Manukau Institute of Technology Certificate in Logistics (Level 4).

Students who have attained the age of 20 years and do not hold the minimum entry requirements for a programme will be eligible to be enrolled as a student where their previous educational, work or life experience indicates they have a reasonable likelihood of success. Students who have not attained the age of 20 years and do not hold the required minimum entry requirements for a programme may also be eligible to enrol in exceptional circumstances. Such decisions will be made by the Faculty Dean.

Programme Summary

This programme comprise six core compulsory courses, plus six compulsory courses in Shipping and Freight.

Semester 1
Students complete the following courses:

  • Transport Geography
  • Applied Logistics
  • Cargo Care (including Land & Sea Dangerous Goods)
  • Import Export Practice Hazardous Goods
  • Transport Law
  • Reports and Presentations

Semester 2

Students complete the following courses:

  • Supply Chain Economics and Costing
  • Customs Law and Practice
  • Agency Practice
  • Container Practice
  • IATA Air Cargo and Dangerous Goods
  • Freight Technology

Further Training or Study

MIT Graduate Certificate in Shipping or Supply Chain Management
Bachelor of Applied Management.
Graduates of the Diploma in Shipping and Freight will also be eligible to apply for the IATA/FIATA Introductory Diploma (additional fees may apply).

Career Opportunities

Shipping and freight positions in port agencies, importing or exporting, shipping, air freight, freight forwarding, customs agency and general transport. Supply chain positions in transportation, distribution and warehousing. Some graduates may be ready for supervisory roles.

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