Postgraduate Diploma in Business Enterprise - Invercargill

Qualification: Postgraduate Diploma
Level: 8

2018 intakes as follows:

22 October, 19 November  

2019 intakes as follows:

14 January, 11 February, 11 March, 6 May, 29 July, 23 September, 21 October, 18 November


18 academic months (full time).

Part time study is also available.

Location: Invercargill
Credits: 186

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 in an existing business. 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. 

Stage One: Papers must be completed in the order listed below.

GBE.802 Entrepreneurship and Innovation (Level 8) 10 credits

The aim of this paper is to provide students with a detailed understanding of the principles, theory and practice of enterprise and new venture development; an awareness of and the opportunity to develop entrepreneurial skills, attitudes and attributes; a theoretical and practical understanding of the nature and applications of entrepreneurship; entrepreneurial management; the entrepreneurial organisation; and the nature and processes of innovation and new venture development.  It will also provide students with the skills, knowledge and strategies needed to establish and manage an innovative enterprise by emphasising the application of historical and theoretical constructs to practical, contemporary outcomes.

GBE.803 Enterprise Information Communications Technology (Level 8) 10 credits

This paper aims to provide students with an understanding of the forms and methods of information communications technology, and with the knowledge of how information is processed and transmitted through electronic means. To develop students' knowledge, skills and ability to communicate effectively, knowledgeably and efficiently and to assist them to identify those communication styles and processes that will best promote optimum communication in business and entrepreneurial contexts.

GBE.805 Human Resource Management in Innovation (Level 8) 10 credits

The aim of this paper is to provide students with high level skills in assessing human resource performance and management issues in the context of new business enterprise, while evaluating factors such as the purpose and role of human management, its core activities, and its function in the establishment, management and expansion of new business ventures.

It also aims to provide students with an assured understanding of issues that are crucial to the effective and strategic management of human performance and resources in today's competitive commercial environment

GBE.804 Business Enterprise Operations: Marketing (Level 8) 10 credits

This paper develops the theoretical and practical constructs that define business enterprise management, by providing students with a detailed, practically based, understanding of the operational aspects of a new business enterprise.   In particular, students will gain knowledge of marketing strategies for business enterprise; auditing and planning for competitive marketing environments; target marketing and customer profiling, marketing mix strategies (product, pricing, distribution and promotion); strategic analysis tools and marketing intelligence; and marketing growth strategies.

GBE.806 Financing Enterprise (Level 8) 10 credits

This paper aims to provide students with a sound grasp of the theory, principles and practice of financial management of business enterprises, including those that are owner operated and controlled.  Emphasis is on finance theory, and the application of this theory to the specific circumstances of new business enterprises.  This paper also aims to familiarise students with practical techniques that will assist in asset management, arranging finance, analysing enterprise performance, and planning the future of the business, and ensuring that the principles of sound financial management are fully understood and recognised as critical to the survival and success of new business enterprises.

GBE.801 Business Enterprise Management (Level 8_ 10 credits

This paper aims to build on the principles, theory and practice of innovation and new venture development by providing students with a detailed and particularised overview of the business enterprise and innovation sector within the contemporary New Zealand economy.  It also seeks to provide students with the opportunities to acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to establish a new business enterprise and operate it successfully in a competitive commercial environment, and gain an assured understanding of the purpose, nature and processes of developing a business model and plan.

GBE.RM Research Methodology (Level 7) 6 credits

To introduce students to statistical analysis techniques that are commonly applied within a business environment; outline research methodology, design and ethical considerations; and provide a “thinking framework” for formulating a dissertation proposal which will subsequently be developed into a comprehensive, research based, strategic or business plan.

Stage Two: Intake is 39 weeks long and does include a holiday from the 12th December 2016 to 6th January 2017

GBE.807 Research Dissertation (Level 8) 120 credits

The aim of the research dissertation is to allow students to carry out the specific research for which initial planning was completed in paper GBE.RM: Research Methodology.  This enables the student to generate an extended piece of original work that tests his or her ability to, apply accrued skills in research, data collation and analysis, draw valid conclusions, formulate recommendations, and report findings from the investigation in an appropriate academic format that complies with current good practice.

It provides students from any discipline or background with the opportunity to select a topic of choice centred on any innovative business product, service, venture or facility, for which they develop an initial scoping study that is subsequently developed into a comprehensive, research based business or strategic plan.

The dissertation is expected to reflect the cumulative knowledge and skills gained from the taught papers, in particular the application of principles and concepts underpinning entrepreneurship, to a theoretical construct and viable contemporary market model.  It is also expected to reflect the level and depth of original research required at this level, to the degree that it advances both the theoretical bases, as well as the practice, of models of innovation and entrepreneurship.

This programme is eligible for the Zero Fees Scheme.

  • NO tuition fees
  • Direct material costs of $614 (Stage 1) + $1066 (Stage 2) (GST inclusive)

International Fees can be found here.

Please note: 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

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. 

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 that 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.

Language Requirements

Applicants from countries with an annual student visa approval rate of at least 80 percent, whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English, are required to provide evidence of having passed an NZQA approved English Proficiency Assessment, or one of the following tests of English language competence in accordance with the NZQA rules below:

  • IELTS test – Academic score of 6.5, with no band score lower than 6
  • TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT) – Score of 590 (with an essay score of 5.5 TWE)
  • TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) – Score of 79 (with a writing score of 21)
  • University of Cambridge English Examinations – CAE or CPE with a score of 176. No less than 169 in each skill.
  • NZCEL – Level 5 with the Academic endorsement
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) – PtoE (Academic) score of 58
  • City and Guilds IESOL – C1 Expert with a score of 42

Applicants from countries with an annual student visa approval rate below 80 per cent, 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 that they:

  1. Have gained NCEA Level 3 and met New Zealand University Entrance requirements or
  2. Hold a bachelor’s degree of at least 3 years from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, The Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom or United States of America or
  3. Have achieved a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults, CELTA or
  4. Have achieved one of the English Language competence tests  specified  above

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) and have an approved research proposal. Pass the research dissertation (120 credits).

Students from the Post Graduate Diploma in Business Enterprise with B average or above are eligible to enter the Master of applied Management Programme on a Cross Credit Track.  The Cross Credit Track pathway includes MGT801 Management Practice (15 credits) and a choice between MGT901 Research Project (45 credits) and MGT 902 Research Thesis (90 credits).

SIT has a memorandum of understanding with 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 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 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.

Nuertingen-Geslingen University

The Nuertingen-Geslingen University, situated in southern Germany, will credit up to half of their Master in Business Administration (MBA) programme to SIT’s Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration graduates. The course starts each year in February and is taught in English. The fee structure is extremely competitive compared to New Zealand education, and Neurtingen-Geslingen University is in the top 10 vocational universities in Germany.

Students from the Post Graduate Diploma in Business Enterprise with B average or above are eligible to enter the Master of applied Management Programme on a Cross Credit Track.  The Cross Credit Track pathway includes MGT801 Management Practice (15 credits) and a choice between MGT901 Research Project (45 credits) and MGT 902 Research Thesis (90 credits).

Classes are held at our Invercargill campus, weekdays between 9am-4pm.  Timetabled classes vary from week to week.