Taught course

Business Enterprise

Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology · Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology

Entry requirements

Option 1: Application by Academic Qualification

Applicants in this category will have:

a) graduated with a degree or honours degree in any discipline from a New Zealand tertiary institution accredited to offer qualifications at this level;


b) graduated with a degree from an overseas tertiary institution, deemed by the Academic Committee to be of equivalent standing.

Option 2: 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.

English language requirements

All applicants must have a level of English sufficient to be able to study at this level. Those students whose first language is not English should have:

  • An international English Language Testing System (IELTS) overall academic score of at least 6.5 (with at least 6.0 in each band) issued within the last two years or equivalent.

If you do not have an IELTS test score, you may send us other evidence of your English language level.

Months of entry

November, August, May, February

Course content

The Postgraduate Diploma in Business Enterprise (PGDipBE) programme focuses on the design and development of new, entrepreneurial business ventures.

This programme combines theoretical, applied, technology driven and research based approaches to equip you with advanced analytical skills, enabling you to identify opportunities for future employment and self-employment, based on the creation of new, innovative and economically viable business enterprises.

Information for international students

The PGDipBE is an 18 month programme. You will be in face-to-face workshops and completing project based work for the first seven months of the programme to undertake seven business papers plus the research methodology paper. The face-to-face workshops are undertaken over 3 full days once a month at the Nelson campus. You are able to live in another city but you must travel to Nelson once a month for your face to face classes. Your timetable will be provided to you during your orientation.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Business Enterprise programme does not follow the standard NMIT Semester times and breaks. Students study one course per month for 7 months. This requires a time commitment of at least 20 hours per week of study time. Students are able to have a maximum 4 weeks of holiday time during their 18 months of study. The main break is over Christmas New/Year period for 2 weeks and the other two weeks may be taken during the dissertation time.

After the first seven months of taught papers, you will need to complete a research dissertation which takes 1200 hours. A student spending 40 hours a week on their dissertation would take around 30 weeks to complete this part of the programme. Likewise, a student spending 30 hours a week on their dissertation would expect to take 40 weeks to complete this part of the programme.

This course is only available at the Nelson Campus.

Fees and funding

UK students
NZD $19,000 + $372 Student Services Levy
International students
NZD $19,000 + $372 Student Services Levy

Qualification and course duration


full time
18 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment66
Dissertation120 (20,000 words)

Course contact details

International Enquiries
+64 3 5469175