Level 7

Reshape your business career with a speciality in operations and production management

Choose from several study pathways to shape the kind of career you want and learn what it takes to make businesses more efficient and profitable.

Programme highlights

Do you want a career in operations management?

Learn what it takes to make businesses more efficient and profitable with the Graduate Diploma in Operations and Production Management.

You will have the choice of several study pathways to shape the kind of career you want.

You will also graduate with hands-on experience working on a project for a local business.

    Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

    • Successfully completed a bachelor's degree in any field excluding the specific graduate diploma field; or
    • Successfully completed 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 e.g. three years' full-time work experience (relevant to business studies);
    • Have English language competence to undertake this programme which is taught and assessed in English. Any applicant whose first language is not English may be required to provide evidence of an overall IELTS (Academic) band score of 6.0 (with no score below 5.5 in speaking, reading, writing and listening) or equivalent.

    Provisional entry

    Students who have attained the age of 20 years and do not hold the minimum entry requirements for a programme or training scheme may be eligible to be enrolled. Such decisions must consider any applicable pre-requisites and will be made by the Head of School. Students who have not attained the age of 20 years and do not hold the required minimum entry requirements may also be eligible to be enrolled in exceptional circumstances where they can demonstrate capability for study at the required level. Such decisions must consider any applicable pre-requisites and will be made by the Head of School.

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    Programme structure

    Programme structure

    You will need to complete the below seven courses (120 credits):

    Level 6

    343.607 Project Management (15 credits)

    Gain a practical understanding of project management, how to develop a project plan, optimise project efficiency, and monitor the progress of a project as it is rolled out.

    343.611 Operations Management (15 credits)

    Gain a practical understanding of how to design and manage operational facilities, including quality and inventory management.

    and one course selected from below:

    311.647 Intermediate Management Accounting (15 credits)

    Build on the skills learnt in the Introduction to Accounting course, learning how to analyse and present management-accounting information to help an organisation make effective business decisions.

    311.650 Introduction to Finance (15 credits)

    Gain a practical understanding of financial management, capital budgeting techniques, asset management and analysis of short term and long-term financing alternatives.

    342.619 Industrial Relations (15 credits)

    Learn about industrial relations, the relationship between industrial relationships and government regulation, employment agreements and legal rights.

    342.620 Human Resources (15 credits)

    Learn the essentials of human resources, understanding its role within an organisation, from recruitment and induction to performance management and health and safety legislation.

    Level 7

    341.738 Product Development (15 credits)

    Gain a practical understanding of the stages of  New Product/ Service Development (NPD), tools and techniques to apply at the different stages; and demonstrate your skills by designing a customised NPD process.

    341.753 Industry Project Part A (15 Credits)

    You will carry out a project for a host organisation on a topic in a field allied to your graduate diploma by identifying a project, host organisation and presenting a proposal.

    341.754 Industry Project Part B (30 Credits)

    Develop capabilities related to your chosen area of specialisation, in a “hands-on” immersion in industry practice. Enable you to apply your learning, test the relevance of academic theories to the workplace and reflect critically on this relationship between your academic study and industry practice. You will carry out a significant work assignment for the host organisation on a topic in a field allied to your major and present a project report in conjunction with an academic supervisor.

    343.705 Resource Integration Management (15 credits)

    Improving the competitive edge of business operations, by building stronger relationships through integrating the internal and external supply chain.

    Careers and pathways

    Career opportunities

    New Zealand's industrial sector is a huge part of the economy, both domestically and through exporting to the world. These businesses always need Consultants, supervisors and managers in the production and manufacturing sector, who understand the ways that people and processes work together to produce real results. From human resources to management accounting, your elective course will help shape the kind of career you wish to pursue. For potential salaries visit careers.govt.nz.
    Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

    Your work experience or previous tertiary study may count towards achieving your qualification. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) at MIT is designed for those who already have on-the-job skills and knowledge, but want to take their career to the next level with a qualification.

    With RPL we can measure and match your existing skills against credits in our courses – creating a tailored path of study that will not only save you money but also help you to complete your qualification faster. Learn more.

    Free study for the first year of your Level 3 or above qualification may be available under the government’s fees-free study scheme. Visit feesfree.govt.nz for eligibility criteria and more information. Students must be eligible to study as a domestic student. All free study is subject to funding confirmation. Proof of residency status required. Entry criteria, and some costs, may also apply. Eligibility for student allowances or student loans may vary. Contact StudyLink for more information.

    Information is correct as at 1 March 2023. Programme fees are based on a full-time student and may vary depending on your final selection of courses that make up your programme. To provide you with an indication of costs, the approximate fees quoted in this publication are based on the indicative 2023 fee structure. The indicative programme fees for 2023 do not include the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The CSSF is an additional levy to your 2023 programme or course fees. Further information about the CSSF can be found here www.manukau.ac.nz/cssf. Programmes stated as eligible for free study in 2023 are based on the 2022 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2023. All fees are in New Zealand Dollars. You will be advised of the current fees at the time of enrolment. All courses and programmes will proceed subject to numbers and academic approval. Manukau Institute of Technology is part of Te Pūkenga – New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology. Te Pukenga is accredited under the provisions of the Education and Training Act 2020. International students must study in class and will not be able to enrol for online study options.