Taught course

Postgraduate Diploma In Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology · Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology

Entry requirements

Applicants must have:

  • An undergraduate degree in any business related area from a New Zealand tertiary institution accredited to offer qualifications at this level;


  • An undergraduate degree from an overseas tertiary institution, deemed by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority to be of equivalent standing.


  • Equivalent practical, professional or educational experience.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 must 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.

Applicants are required to provide two confidential references from people able to affirm the applicant is of good character and reputation.

Special Entry

In exceptional circumstances, an applicant who does not meet the academic requirements may be granted entry to the Programme. They must supply evidence to satisfy the Academic Committee of their ability to succeed on the Postgraduate Diploma in Logistics and Supply Chain Management.

Months of entry

December, September, July, February

Course content

The purpose of the Postgraduate Diploma in Logistics and Supply Chain Management (level 8) is to equip you with the skills to be able to manage complex administrative tasks and strategic challenges in the contemporary, and evolving, logistics and supply chain industry.

You will be able to critically evaluate data, qualitative information, and industry trends in order to assess supply chain vulnerabilities and risks, opportunities to reduce cost and improve performance, and to identify, implement, and manage tactics that are innovative and value adding for their enterprise.

Logistics is an innovative industry with constantly emerging business processes changes, enterprise software, tracking-and-reporting technologies, and business models.

The industry is fiercely competitive both at the global scale and at the local domestic scale. Companies that can effectively manage procurement, just-in-time delivery, and relationships with third-party suppliers will be able to control their own costs, score win-win solutions with partners, ensure business continuity, and ultimately develop a core competency that underpins competitive advantage and better prices and service for customers.

For these reasons, trained and skilled logistics and supply chain managers are in demand in New Zealand, in our major export markets (e.g., India, north Asia, SE Asia), and globally.

Information for international students

Structure and courses

Study two courses each term, one course from the list of International Business courses, and one course from the list of Logistics and Supply Chain Management courses.

Courses do not necessarily need to be completed in any particular order, so you can commence study on any of our start dates and complete all 8 courses within 12 months.

International Business courses

Applied research methods

This course will provide a comprehensive overview of rigorous research practice.

It will lay the foundations of research skills which are relevant to international business and to further study. Students will develop the skills to source, interpret, evaluate and apply credible research evidence.

The aim of this course is that students learn the theory and the practical skills to enable them to plan and execute rigorous research in their professional practice.

International strategic management

The course aims to equip students to analyse the international environment, the development of strategies to enable international development and growth, and the process to determine the quality and progress of strategic initiatives.

Students will undertake self-directed research into the strategic development of products and/or services and how such products and/or services fit into the identified environment.

Managing in a globalised world

This course enables students to investigate how to manage a diverse and mobile workforce in the global marketplace.

Students will gain an understanding of the New Zealand culture, including the Treaty of Waitangi, and how this contributes positively when conducting international business.

Further, students will understand how different cultures operate and how to successfully navigate in a multicultural environment.

The course explores the impact of cultural differences on leadership, motivation, decision making, communication and human resource management practices.

International financial management

The course provides an overview on the application of financial management concepts and techniques in an international environment.

This course aims to enable students to comprehend global markets and lead organisations through a constantly changing global environment.

This course familiarises and equips students with the fundamental concepts and tools necessary to problem-solve and implement an effective global financial management strategy.

Logistics and Supply Chain Management courses

Storage and warehouse techniques

A well located and managed warehouse is a potential major source of competitive advantage for a company as opposed to just another source of cost within the supply chain.

To achieve this competitive advantage, it is important to choose the right type of operation, processes and equipment, and to understand and continuously improve performance through appropriate measures and controls.

Employee motivation, health and safety are also important aspects within the warehouse setting.

This course provides an overview of these areas and adds depth and breadth to the content by incorporating case studies, real examples from New Zealand, and possibly guest speakers and warehouse visits.

Transportation, distribution and network management

Effective planning of transportation and distribution networks can be complex and in a globalised marketplace it has become a critical function and a source of competitive advantage.

This course focuses on the issues of capacity development, freight consolidation, network alignment, and synchronisation.

The course develops the principles, practices, and tools required to address all major issues and tradeoffs in domestic and international transportation, including the main financial and performance indicators for transportation and design of supply chains to minimise transportation and distribution costs, and minimise waste and carbon emissions.

Strategic procurement and inventory managment

Procurement and inventory management are critical to physical product and also service companies as spending on procurement can be one of the largest parts of a company’s cooperating costs.

An aim of procurement managers is to interface with other functions in an enterprise in order to precisely synchronise purchasing and inventory with sales and customer demand in order to deliver high service levels.

This course provides an overview of the design and management of processes and control systems used in the inbound supply chain. It covers procurement processes and strategies, risk pooling and multi-stage inventory control systems, collaboration and information flow in value chains, and a range of methods for analysis and planning.

Performance measurement and process outsourcing

The location of suppliers, customers, and production and warehouse centres — and the supply chains that connect them — are now highly globalised even for New Zealand companies that may have only competed regionally in the past.

Globalisation and competing supply chains have led to the management of supply chains as a source of competitive advantage allowing some companies to outcompete their competitors.

Competency in this setting requires continual measurement, evaluation and improvement of supply chain processes, and effective strategic outsourcing of various logistics activities to third-party logistic (3PL) suppliers.

This course provides an overview of lean management thinking and methodologies used in the logistics industry to evaluate and improve performance. It also covers the role of 3PL in the supply chain and how to effectively coordinate and measure outsourced 3PL operations, processes, and services.

Fees and funding

UK students
2018: $20,000
International students
2018: $20,000

Qualification and course duration


full time
10 months

Course contact details

International Development