Study supply chain and shipping management
Duration and study methods
Full-time for 1 year (34 teaching weeks), part-time available.
The maximum time to complete this programme part-time is 4 years.
QualificationGraduate Diploma in Supply Chain and Shipping Management (Level 7)Programme code: MN4547
New Zealand Maritime School
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Fast-track your way to a logistics management job in the supply chain and shipping industry.
If you already have work experience or a base qualification in the industry, this advanced logistics management qualification is your stepping stone to better career options.
You will build on your existing skills and knowledge in logistics and commercial shipping and learn business analysis and management concepts such as sustainability, resilience, and risk planning, as well as related issues of law.
Apply your skills in industry case studies. When you graduate you will be ready for management roles in the areas of supply chain, logistics, freight transport, sustainability, and crises management.
There may be some onsite block attendance required.
"I am a supply planner responsible for ensuring stock availability, reduction in cost and managing supplier relationships. I work with 7 vendors across 4 countries and also manage inventory levels for South Island.
Supply chain is a vast industry with endless opportunities. It’s constantly growing, has flexible working hours and opportunities for salary increments.
I have a ton of experience in FMGC but realised I must be able to articulate the basics of supply chain and procurement to get ahead – so I took a logistics course at MIT. MIT offered the most flexible courses.
I then quickly learnt how accessible the lectures were and the support provided gave me the boost to want to perform well. I dropped out of study years back because there was no support. It was a demoting, especially when students take a huge debt.
MIT operates at a very high standard where student wellbeing is a primary concern – lecturers remember your name and ensure everyone is up to speed. The lecturers are the main attraction to this institute. They come with solid backgrounds and experience in their field of study and will not fail or give up on a student that easily. They teach you what you need to succeed, lessons are based on reality, and they care about their students and their performance.
Studying logistics at MIT is a good way to upskill your strengths and it's an accomplishment to study a course while being on the job – it shows dedication and makes you stand out from the crowd.
My current job seems easy since I learnt about it in class already. The effort you put in now will greatly be rewarded in the long run."
“My time studying with MIT’s School of Logistics was very exciting, challenging and rewarding.
As a first time international student, the staff were very welcoming and helped me settle in the new environment, new country.
All staff members have vast practical and theoretical experience in their respective subjects, which made the class interactions particularly enjoyable and interesting.
The course is designed rather practically to prepare the students to easily fit into roles they plan to pursue after graduation. Course structure, teaching techniques and assessment methods aptly prepared me for the next phases of my career.
Overall the various papers provide an invaluable insight into the supply chain industry while enabling me to learn and also challenge the status quo as a part of the assessments.
The staff are approachable and very helpful. The course also provides students with an opportunity for networking within the wider industry.
A great experience and the right program that helped me secure a good role in a global organisation.”
"Prior to studying at MIT, I was working at a supermarket which I wasn't satisfied with. I wanted to do something different so I chose to study logistics at MIT.
This course gave me such a high level of logistics and freight forwarding knowledge, and made me ready to step into the industry.
My time at MIT was really great and our lecturers were always supportive. They always helped by going the extra mile to give me answers to my questions – even if it was during their break-times or home-time – staff and lecturers were always happy to help.
I thank MIT for giving me both the knowledge and a qualification which helped me step into the industry with so much confidence.
Today, I can say is I am successfully working in logistics and freight forwarding industry because of my education at MIT.
Five stars to MIT and highly recommended."
“I want to further my career, I am quite ambitious when it comes to what I want. If I’m not satisfied with where I am currently, I will take the extra step to go further.
What I enjoy about MIT is flexibility, especially around my kids. It enables me study, have a full-time job, and be a full-time mum as well.
MIT is giving me that formal qualification to back up my skills and knowledge. The advice I would give to someone looking at studying logistics is that if you want it, go for it, there is nothing holding you back if you want it.”
“Logistics is how a product gets from A to B. Everything that you are wearing today, all of the food that you eat – a logistics company has gotten that to you. I wanted to know what happens to a product before it gets to your door. I knew a little, but I wanted to know all of the ins and outs, so I chose to study supply chain management at MIT.
You make friends, you get to learn about new things, and you develop. There is nothing better than that. It is very fulfilling and no day is the same.
My recommendation to you is – just do it. The logistics world is so wide that you can go on to do anything.”
“Logistics is a fast-paced industry, so you need to think on your feet.
I’m an export air freight operator, which means I help companies export their goods to overseas markets. We work with large companies, moving many different types of products and booking space for them on airlines. Not many people know about it as a career, but if you have studied, and have the experience, you have a good chance to go far.
The lecturers at MIT were really good. They would always take the time to help you and make sure you’re up-to-date with your work."
“International logistics is so important for the world economy and MIT has provided me the opportunity to understand this particular subject from experienced professors that have been in the industry for many years.
The lecturers are really amazing, the professors are really helpful and approachable, and through my time at MIT I have learned so much that I am ready to step up in the industry with so much confidence, and also holding my formal qualification.
Thank you, MIT. I really love you.”
“Logistics to me is an industry that is always changing. MIT gives me the chance to learn from people who have worked in the industry for many years. The lecturers are awesome, they are really willing to help you, they are keen to share their experiences, and give you a better understanding of what’s to come.
I enjoy studying at MIT because they offer a range of ways to study - I can do it part-time or I can do it full-time and they make it easy.”
“When I was asked in an interview if I have done any further studies despite 11 years of experience, I had said no. I do not want that to happen again.
MIT offered what I was looking for, and the location made it more ideal as I work and stay in South Auckland.
At MIT you gain practical knowledge and as well as a qualification. Studying was a total refresher of what I was doing at work and it has changed my views. It has enhanced my knowledge and benefitted me financially. I now have a different approach to work, import and export with laws, cost savings, and delivery of items.
I loved the approach of the tutors and lecturers as they were very experienced. The flexibility in studying was so great as I have a family and work. This has encouraged me to study more and enrol for other courses which will enable me be a logistics manager in the near future, and will help me financially as well."
"To new students...
Get into the course and get your studies going as this industry has boomed. Without this industry we would be stuck. Covid has made all people realise that without the logistics industry nothing can be shipped or moved physically from country to another.
The course work is to a standard where a new student who has zero experience will start liking to study. The teaching environment and students are of mixed ethnicity and age. We share our experiences in class and offer assistance to the new students.
It is never late."
“I was in the tourism industry, which has been badly affected by the pandemic. I decided to study International Logistics, an essential and growing industry with various roles and opportunities for new learners.
MIT was recommended to me because of the flexibility and quality of lecturers, and I found that it was true – MIT offered great flexibility and support, and lecturers were so helpful too.
I studied full-time online while working part-time and looking after my child. All classes were recorded so I could study when it suited me. While I studied online by myself at home, I never felt alone or left behind because lecturers and classmates were on Microsoft Teams. I could choose to see them on live chat class or to study later using recorded materials.
The field trip to Port of Tauranga was a great experience. I could see what was happening at various parts of the port, which helped my learning later on. Also, as an online student, I appreciated the opportunity to meet lecturers and classmates face-to-face.
All lecturers have worked in the industry so they shared useful skills and interesting stories that are not in the text books. What I learnt were very practical, such as costing, communicating, creating documents etc. The knowledge I gained at MIT now helps me at my workplace. The most important was that I understood what my colleagues were doing and talking about on my first day of work.
The diploma has been valued by my employer as it covers broad knowledge in freight forwarding."
For Graduate Diplomas entry is open to degree graduates.
However, subject to the regulations of the award, those who have been able to demonstrate equivalent practical, professional or educational experience of an appropriate kind may be granted admission.
Applicants must meet the following entry requirements:
- Successful completion of an appropriate NQF level 6 or 7 programme, e.g. a business related degree, or
- Former students who have gained a Level 7 Graduate Certificate in Supply Chain or a Level 7 Graduate Certificate in Shipping may be granted entry to the Graduate Diploma Programme. Former students who have gained a Level 6 Graduate Certificate in Supply Chain or a Level 6 Graduate Certificate in Shipping may also be granted entry to the Graduate Diploma programme, provided they are also able to demonstrate appropriate work experience, or
- Successful completion of New Zealand Diploma in Supply Chain Management; plus relevant work experience, or
- Successful completion of New Zealand Diploma in International Freight Logistics; plus relevant work experience*, or
- Evidence of at least 3 years relevant work experience at a senior operational level or equivalent (prospective students may be asked to complete a research essay to show academic ability).
- International students are required to meet the minimum English language requirements for this level programme as detailed on the NZQA website: https://www.nzqa.govt.nz/providers-partners/qa-system-for-teos/english-international-students/
Students must be able to show a positive attitude to learning and achievement, a high standard of personal discipline and effective communication skills. These will be normally assessed by way of an interview. Alternative means to assess these criteria will be adopted where an interview is not practicable, as in the case of international students.
* Evidence of at least 3 years relevant work experience at a senior operational level or equivalent (prospective students may be asked to complete a research essay to show academic ability).
- Prospective students who meet the entry criteria and interview requirements will be accepted on a first come first served basis until the course is full. Preference may be given to graduates from the Manukau Institute of Technology Graduate Certificate in Supply Chain Management or the Manukau Institute of Technology Graduate Certificate in Shipping.
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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You will need to complete the below eight courses (120 credits):
944.626 Transport marketing (15 credits)
This paper has a standard marketing approach but incorporates business communications and presentations. The focus is on the marketing requirements of logistics and transport companies in a global setting.
944.640 Network systems (10 credits)
Use strategic management tools to manage supply chain variables, including:
- Complexity of supply chain networks and Global dimensions of supply chains
- Global trade and commerce and contributing factors for supply chain flows
- Global markets and strategy
- Materials management versus physical distribution
- Nodes versus links
- Logistics channels
- The supply chain network design process and alternatives
- Facility location analysis and customer fulfilment models.
944.708 Logistics practice (15 credits)
The purpose of this course is to provide students with the knowledge, understanding and skills that are required in the practice of logistics and supply chain management. To achieve this the course will examine and integrate the following topics by means of an extensive and detailed project.
- Study the physical movement and storage of goods, including the effect of geography on the business of logistics in terms of product care, storage and warehousing, modal characteristics, and the advantages and disadvantages of each
- Understand the commercial system that supports international trade – INCO terms, methods of payment; contracts of sale, contracts of carriage; commercial, transport and statutory documentation; supply chain costing. ICT in the supply chain.
944.709 Transport and shipping law (15 credits)
Gain an overview of the law and types of liability, including:
- The strict liability rules in civil law and common law systems
- Carrier liability in civil and common law systems (bailment, contract, statute and tort).
This will include developing your knowledge and understanding of the legal regimes and claims processes that encompasses the movement and storage of goods by an individual or combination of modes - Interpretation and application of the laws, codes, and conventions that deal with carriage of goods by land, sea and air.
944.710 Logistics management (15 credits)
Study commonly used systems of inventory management and transport networks. Plus learn to make calculations for stock levels and ordering lead times. The supply chain parts and processes are also broken down and examined and the big picture of supply chain management factors and analysis is explored.
944.711 Industry research (15 credits)
Propose your research plan and action any approved industry topic to explore the global logistics environment or local issues. Learn how to propose research topics and write without plagiarising by using a relevant business topic to reinforce your academic writing.
944.712 Trade management in shipping (15 credits)
Experience the process of planning and constructing a new business expansion, contextualised within the perspective of the shipping line trade management. This involves establishing commodity movements, seasonal trade statistics from NZ, operational cost calculation, setting revenue and modelling variables.
944.800 Managing risk and resilience (20 credits)
The purpose of this course is to provide you with the required skills and knowledge to actively engage in managing risk, creating resilience and solving dilemma within the logistics and transport field, where the optimal course of action is contingent upon the internal and external situation.
Further training or study
Business qualifications will help you develop the skills and knowledge you need to advance your career.
- Bachelor of Applied Management (Level 7) (multiple majors available).
- Trades manager
- Logistics manager
- Supply chain manager
- Risk manager
- Business analyst.
For potential salaries visit careers.govt.nz.
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.