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Postgraduate Diploma in Commerce (PGDipCom)

The Postgraduate Diploma in Commerce (PGDipCom) is a one-year programme comprised of coursework and may include a dissertation. It is designed to enhance your undergraduate degree by providing an advanced level of understanding, or prepare you for postgraduate research programmes.

It is also a stepping stone to the Master of Commerce, Master of Business, Master of Tourism degrees, allowing you to advance to masters study on completion of your programme.

Programme Structure

The PGDipCom programme normally takes a full-time student two semesters (one academic year) to complete. You can also complete the programme part-time. You are required to complete 144 points of 400-level coursework, with specific paper requirements depending on their major.

 A PGDipCom may be awarded Distinction or Credit.



The PGDipCom offers majors in seven different subjects, each involving the completion of required and elective 400-level papers, as detailed in the following links:




Information Science

International Business





Admission to the Programme

Applicants must hold a Bachelor's degree in the subject concerned, and have achieved appropriate grades. Students are required to complete the
PGDipCom application form online.

Students are also required to enrol at the University of Otago.



Fees are set annually by the University of Otago, for information, see Study Fees.


Programme Enquiries

Please contact the Otago Business School via email for programme enquiries.

If you know the Department in which your prospective studies will be based, contact that Department via the links below:


PGDipCom Regulations

Find the regulations for the PGDipCom here.


Postgraduate Prospectus & Information

General information for postgraduate students at the University of Otago is available here.

Request a Postgraduate Information Pack.


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