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Graduate Diploma in Project Management

Graduate Diploma in Project Management

Level 7

Advance your project planning skills and management expertise to ensure projects and resources are managed successfully with UCOL’s Graduate Diploma in Project Management.

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Quick info

Level: 7

Locations: UCOL Manawatū in Palmerston North

Duration: 1 year, full-time

21 Feb 2022 - 02 Dec 2022
25 Jul 2022 - 30 Jun 2023

Domestic Fees: *
$6367.00Scholarship info

International Fees:*

Additional Fees
Compulsory course costs may apply.

* Fees are indicative only, and are inclusive of the student services levy and GST (goods and services tax). The fee shown is for one year of study.

Project management is a rewarding and versatile career pathway.

Build on the knowledge you've gained at work with specialist training in project management to enhance your promotion prospects.

During your project management studies you'll learn the theory and practical applications of strategic management, human resource management, leadership, project management, change management, business analytics and intelligence, and organisational behaviour. You'll also gain real-world experience by working with a local business/organisation on a project.

Blended delivery: This programme is also offered on a blended delivery approach as an alternative for your learning and training needs. It is a unique combination of online and face-to-face learning option provided for those who are wanting to upskill themselves while still at work.

 Career & Study Outcomes

  • Project manager
  • Business development manager
  • Operations manager

To find out more about possible job prospects and salaries, see Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's Occupation Outlook for Managers.

 Course Information

This programme comprises 120 credits.

Level 6 courses 

Project Management (15 credits)
Learn the basic principles and terminology of the profession of project management, and apply this to create project plans. You'll also be given a brief introduction to using project management.

Introduction to Finance (15 credits)
Learn to apply financial management knowledge and skills to a small or medium size business for decision-making purposes.

Operations Management (15 credits)
Gain an understanding of the concepts and analytical methods that contribute to the systematic direction and control of the processes that transform inputs into completed goods and services. Operations Management focuses on the management of people and resources through systematic management and feedback. You'll gain an introductory knowledge and experience of an operation's contribution to the macro-management environment.

Level 7 courses 

Advanced Project Management (15 credits)
Learn the principles of the project management body of knowledge and cover the content of the Project Management Institute and is application and evaulation to the workplace.

Resource Integration Management (15 credits)
Develop the skills, knowledge and expertise in the related disciplines of supply chain management, business facility layout/modification, and engineering economics, to ensure resource integration occurs at various levels for business operation, technical management, project management and production of goods or services.

Professional Practice (15 credits)
Preparation for transition into an applied business profession. You'll also source an industry project/internship and produce appropriate documentation.

Industry Project/Internship (30 credits)
An applied research project involving a work placement at an organisation to which theoretical learning and self-reflection is applied.

 Student & Staff Profiles

 Industry Connections

The Graduate Diploma is well supported by industry and this strong industry involvement means that students are able to apply their knowledge and skills and develop an analytical approach to real world problems and issues.

 Domestic Entry Requirements

A bachelor's degree in any field excluding Project Management


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. 3 - 5 years full time work experience [relevant to business studies].


For more information about NCEA Credits see UCOL's NCEA explained page.

 International Entry Requirements

Places are available to international students on a full fee basis. In addition to the Domestic Entry Requirements, international student applicants whose first language is not English must have an IELTS (or equivalent including TOEFL) score of 6.0 with no band score lower than 5.5. UCOL is a TOEFL iBT testing centre. The English Proficiency test is accepted for English language entry into all UCOL programmes.

Applicants under 20 years of age:
There are specific academic entry requirements for international students under 20 years of age. Please enquire for details.

 Advice & Guidance

Additional qualification

If you complete Resource Integration Management as your elective and one additional course, Product Development, you will graduate with two graduate diplomas; the Graduate Diploma in Project Management and the Graduate Diploma in Operations and Production Management, provided that your industry project reflects both fields of study.

Recognition of prior learning
Applications for Recognition of Prior Learning, including Cross Credit, Credit Transfer and Assessment of Prior Learning may be made on the Recognition of Prior Learning Form where a student believes all learning outcomes for a course have already been met. Applications will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis in accordance with the UCOL Academic Statute and other relavant policies and procedures.

Application checklist
It will make the process easier if you prepare the following before you apply:

  • National Student Number (NSN) (If you don't have a NSN, you may request one from NZQA, or you can supply a verified copy of your birth certificate, passport or Whakapapa statement.)
  • Evidence of your highest level of academic achievement (and evidence of prior learning, if applicable)
  • Evidence that you meet the entry requirements of the programme
  • Check if you're eligible for additional support or a scholarship. If you're 19 years or younger, you may be eligible to enrol in one of our free Youth Transition programmes.

Note that you will need to provide any verified documents in person, via post or email (not via the online application form).

 Additional Costs

Approximately $145.00 for textbooks. 


The programme is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under the provisions of the Education Act 1989, and Universal College of Learning (UCOL) Trading as Universal College of Learning (UCOL) is accredited to teach it.