Postgraduate Diploma in Business Enterprise (Level 8)

Qualification Postgraduate Diploma in Business Enterprise
Level 8

2014 intakes for all papers apart from the Research Dissertation start 03 February, 31 March, 02 June and 04 August

2014 intake start dates for the Research Dissertation are 24 March, 11 August and 20 October.

Applications close 21 days prior to the intake start date - please check the enrolment form for exact dates.


Intakes are 17 weeks long (except for the Research Dissertation which is 43 weeks long)

Location SIT2LRN Distance Learning

Course Outline

This programme is designed to meet the needs of graduates who wish to start their own business as well as those who want to learn about entrepreneurship, innovation and business enterprise management. Students in the programme will not only be focused on creating new business ventures, but will also have a willingness and commitment to learn about new enterprise creation and development from theoretical and research based perspectives.

Course Content

This programme is made up of two stages.  Learners are required to study and successfully complete seven taught papers before advancing to the Research Dissertation.

Stage 1: Taught papers (66 Credits):

  • GBE.801 - Business Enterprise Management (Level 8) 10 credits
  • GBE.802 - Entrepreneurship and Innovation (Level 8) 10 credits
  • GBE.803 - Enterprise Information Communications Technology (Level 8) 10 credits
  • GBE.804 - Marketing for Business Enterprise Operations (Level 8) 10 credits
  • GBE.805 - Human Resource Management in Innovation (Level 8) 10 credits
  • GBE.806 - Financing Enterprise (Level 8) 10 credits
  • GBE.RM – Research Methodology (Level 7) 6 credits


The taught papers are intended firstly, to provide students with the advanced business knowledge and skills required to establish, manage or work within innovative and entrepreneurial enterprises; and secondly, to equip them with the broad-based knowledge and techniques which are applied to designing and managing a specific research dissertation.

Stage 2: GBE.807 - The Research Dissertation (120 credits)

Before students commence the Research Dissertation they must have completed papers GBE.801-806, the research methodology paper (GBE.RM), and had a research proposal approved. 


The research dissertation allows students to select a topic of choice centred on an innovative, knowledge based business venture, for which they formulate an initial research proposal and feasibility study (including marketing and financial plans), with a view to developing a full research based business or strategic plan which forms the major part of the dissertation proper.  The topic of choice must have a sound academic base from which the business or strategic plan is developed.

The dissertation itself is carried out by each student working independently and without direct supervision, except for regular meetings with the designated dissertation supervisor who will ensure that progress with the research and presentation continues satisfactorily.  

Career Opportunities

Graduates are able to work collaboratively and constructively as entrepreneurs with a range of people, situations and locales.  Graduates bring a highly-focused approach to independent investigation and research, and to innovative ideologies and practices.  Graduates have expertise in six key areas of business operation: business enterprise management; entrepreneurship and innovation; marketing for business enterprise operations; financing enterprise; human resource management in innovation; and enterprise information communications technology, which are further advanced through a paper in research methodology and a one-year research dissertation in business enterprise.  Graduates will be able to work as self-employed practitioners, or pursue national and international professional careers with commercial bodies and agencies. This programme also leads to further study.

SIT has a memorandum of understanding with the Auckland University of Technology (AUT), recognising the cross credit transfer for SIT Postgraduate Diploma in Business Enterprise (PG DipBE) students into AUT’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) programme.  The arrangement will give SIT students recognition of their PGDipBE and allow them to finish the MBA in just one year.

The agreement is on the following basis:

  1. That AUT will consider accepting SIT PGDipBE graduates into the AUT MBA programme if they have the following:
    • “B” grade average
    • Three years of appropriate professional work experience prior to undertaking the PGDipBE
  2. If the SIT PGDipBE graduate student is accepted into AUT's MBA
    • The student is required to undertake only one year of study (120 credits) for the AUT MBA

For more information about AUT's application criteria, please download this document.

Enrolment Information


It is recommended that for first-time participants in this Postgraduate Diploma, one or two papers only be studied per intake.  Students should select alternate intakes  – ie select papers for intakes  #1 + #3   OR   #2 and #4 to avoid date overlaps. A maximum of five years is normally allowed for completion of this postgraduate programme.

  • As a guideline, one credit equates to approximately 10 hours study within an intake period.  Click HERE to download a Study Load Calculator (spreadsheet).
  • All papers selected within a particular intake must be completed within that intake unless a transfer is requested (conditions apply; see FAQs).
  • Application forms are filled out on a year by year basis and students are welcome to apply for multiple intakes on the one application form.  Further enrolment is the responsibility of individual students.  There is no automatic enrolment rollover.


Assessments for the taught papers in this programme typically include essays, online tests (short answer and/or multi-choice questions) and business analysis and reporting.  There are no external exams for this programme.


The Zero Fees Scheme applies to this course, so there are no tuition fees as long as you are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident (residing in NZ), BUT there is a student direct material cost (see below), plus the required textbook/s listed below.  You must maintain satisfactory academic progress to retain your Zero Fees Scheme entitlement.


Enrolment category

Zero Fees Scheme – applies to NZ citizens and permanent residents (residing in NZ)

International Students

2014 Cost (NZ$)

$1500.00 for 186 credit course ($700 for taught papers + $800 for dissertation) - includes GST

$100.00 per credit (+GST for those living in NZ – no GST for those living offshore)


Fees must be paid by the due date shown on the invoice.

All SIT2LRN courses are approved by Studylink, however, due to changes implemented by the government this year, students are no longer entitled to receive student allowances for level 8 qualifications.  Any queries regarding Studylink allowances, loans, and terms and conditions should be made directly to Studylink on 0800 88 99 00 or


Please check the textbook list to see if you need a textbook for the unit(s) that you are applying for. The list is available here:

Additional Information

All SIT2LRN courses require you to have a computer and internet access. Students are required to use their SIT webmail only for all SIT2LRN communications. All course materials and information, including assessments and due dates, are located on the online Blackboard system. Once you have been accepted into a programme you will receive a Welcome Kit that includes information that you can use to familiarise yourself with our online Blackboard learning environment. From the intake start date you will have access to the online course materials to work through.

Facilitator Assistance: During the enrolled intake period, students have email access to Facilitators, who endeavour to respond to emails within 48 hours (week days only).  When completing the research dissertation phone or Skype meetings may also be arranged. All students are required, within the first two weeks of an intake, to send an email to their Facilitator confirming their start on the programme of study.  Students who have not emailed their facilitator or embarked upon their course of study by the end of the 2nd week of an intake, will be Faculty Withdrawn from the programme.  Such withdrawals may impact on future access to SIT Zero Fees Scheme. Student Direct Material Costs are still liable for payment.

We recommend students new to SIT2LRN read through the ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ section of our website at for further study and enrolment information.

Application Criteria



All applicants must supply a completed Concept and Initial Business Plan (click here to download template) and will be required to be interviewed face to face or over the phone. 


Application by Academic Qualification

Applicants in this category will have either graduated with a degree or honours degree in any discipline from a New Zealand tertiary institution accredited to offer qualifications at this level, or graduated with a degree from an overseas tertiary institution, deemed by the Faculty of New Media, Arts and Business Board of Studies to be of equivalent standing.

Special Application
Notwithstanding the above application criteria, in exceptional circumstances an applicant who does not hold a prescribed tertiary qualification may be eligible for special application to the programme if he or she can demonstrate knowledge and skills equivalent to a bachelor level graduate, and can provide evidence of relevant work experience. Applicants seeking entry under this criterion must also be able to demonstrate that they have the aptitude, commitment and personal skills such as suggest the likelihood of successful course completion. In some cases the applicant may have to complete an approved course or programme which is deemed to prepare students for the required academic standard for entry. 

Additional Criteria
In addition, the following requirements apply to all applicants:

  • Applicants are required to provide two confidential references from people who are able to affirm that the applicant is of good character and reputation.
  • Applicants are asked to make a confidential declaration as to whether or not they have prior criminal convictions. They are advised at the time of the request for information, that a prior conviction may not necessarily exclude them from applying.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English, must provide evidence of having successfully completed English instruction to a level deemed appropriate by the head of faculty. Evidence may include official transcripts and/or recognised English test results, such as IELTS and TOEFL.
  • The head of faculty will determine the maximum number of students permitted to enrol in this programme. If there are more applicants than places available, students will be selected primarily on academic ability.
  • All enrolments in the Postgraduate Diploma in Business Enterprise programme are at the discretion of the academic director, in consultation with the head of faculty as required. 

Satisfactory Completion

Every candidate for the Postgraduate Diploma in Business Enterprise is required to follow to the satisfaction of the Board of Studies, a programme of study for a minimum period of one and a half years.  The overall programme of study for every candidate requires 186 credits.


Every candidate is required to:

  • Pass six papers totalling 60 credits.
  • Attend the research methodology classes (six credits) which can be done off-site, and have an approved research proposal.
  • Pass the research dissertation (120 credits).

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