Duration: 
1 year full time or longer for part time
Delivery mode: 
Hybrid
Start date:
21 February 2022
Application due dates:
Direct applications are due on 13 February 2022 for our next intake which starts on 21 February 2022.

Overview

Specialise in your area of interest, and take the next step in your professional career, with a Graduate Diploma in Business from Victoria University.

Our course will equip you with expertise and advanced knowledge in contemporary business. It is designed for professionals who wish to advance their careers, or move into a more specialised area.

Discipline specialisations include:

  • accounting
  • business analytics
  • enterprise resource planning
  • finance
  • marketing
  • management
  • supply chain management
  • tourism.

Your business specialisation will be complemented with crucial workplace skills in problem solving, creativity and understanding contemporary business issues through authentic assessment. 

You will graduate as an ethical practitioner, who uses intercultural understanding to contribute to the demands of local and global communities.

After graduating, you can choose to progress to a masters degree in your chosen specialisation – with credits from the diploma to qualify sooner.

Specialisations

If you have accounting experience or a related bachelor degree, the Professional Accounting specialisation provides you with a stepping stone into the world of professional accounting. 

You will develop a strong foundation in accounting procedures and practices, graduating ready to take on a more senior accounting role, or progress to a Master of Professional Accounting.

This specialisation offers a pathway to Master of Business Analytics course for those who have relevant professional experience, but don't have a bachelor degree.

You'll study foundational business analytics units that build on key business systems and processes. Using business analytics techniques and SAP technology, you'll become expert at solving information problems – allowing effective, complex decision making in response to contemporary business challenges.

Victoria University is one of the world's leading institutions in ERP (SAP) education as recognised by industry, SAP and academia. The Enterprise Resource Planning specialisation offers a pathway to the Master of Enterprise Resource Planning. It is designed for those who already have relevant professional experience, but do not yet have a postgraduate degree.

You will learn to support the implementation and maintenance of enterprise resource planning through the application of analytical techniques and SAP technology. You will also learn to understand the implications of these types of systems in a business setting – and how these systems achieve effective complex decision making in response to contemporary business challenges.

Read about our specialised SAP learning in postgraduate courses.

The Finance specialisation is designed for practising financial advisors and others working in the finance industry, who already have a base of significant relevant professional experience or a bachelor degree. It offers a pathway to the Master of Finance.

It combines formal units of study, related learning and strategy development. You'll develop skills for professional careers in:

  • financial management
  • fund management
  • securities trading
  • financial risk management.

This is complemented with skills development focusing on critical thinking, problem solving, creativity and social aspects through authentic assessment.

This specialisation is designed for those who already have relevant professional experience, but do not yet have a bachelor degree.

You'll graduate with a critical overview of marketing theory and a strong foundation in conceptual marketing knowledge. This will be complemented by current skills development focusing on critical thinking, problem solving and creativity.

The Marketing specialisation offers a pathway to further postgraduate marketing studies in the Master of Marketing.

The Management specialisation provides you with a solid grounding in business and management knowledge, and expertise in the strategic aspects of management.

If you're a manager looking to upgrade your skills, this mid-level postgraduate qualification will provide you with the tools and knowledge to take the next step in your career. It also provides a pathway to the Master of Management.

The Supply Chain Management specialisation offers a pathway to the Master of Supply Chain Management. It is designed for those who already have significant relevant professional experience, but do not yet have a bachelor degree.

The course will develop your knowledge in the field of logistics, operations management and supply chain management. We offer a particular focus on the skills and techniques required for employment in the logistics and supply chain sectors, in early career management roles.

Read about our School for Transport Systems & Civic Infrastructure.

The Tourism, Hospitality and Events Management specialisation will prepare you for a wide range of roles within the rapidly growing tourism and events sectors.

The course incorporates tourism, hospitality and events management studies, with a focus on addressing contemporary issues and challenges faced by destinations internationally.

You'll learn to engage with contemporary and emerging industry issues within the visitor economy, and graduate with a range of managerial skills and knowledge. Specific insights into tourism, hospitality and event management policy development, coupled with new professional networks, will prepare you to become a tourism-industry leader.

After completing the course, you'll have the opportunity to continue further study in the Master of Tourism and Events Management.

Read about our specialist School for the Visitor Economy.

Study mode

Following the overwhelming success of the revolutionary VU Block Model with undergraduate students, from 2021 we will start rolling out the Block Model to our postgraduate courses.

From 2021, this course will be delivered in eight-week mode, which means you study two units (subjects) at a time over eight weeks (or one unit at a time over eight weeks for part-time study), rather than juggling several units at once. And with its focused timetables and smaller, collaborative classes, VU’s Block Model gives you more time to connect with your peers, lecturers and industry partners, helping you to build strong professional networks.

The VU Block Model has improved our student results and engagement, and has won multiple international awards for innovation and excellence.

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Careers in business

Our specialisations provide a range of career opportunities, according to your own career trajectory.

  • Professional Accounting – general accountant, taxation accountant, management accountant.
  • Business Analytics & Visualisation  – business analyst, business intelligence analyst, machine learning and AI consultant.
  • Enterprise Resource Systems – ERP/SAP roles in a range of businesses and organisations.
  • Finance – payroll officer, office manager, general manager, hospital administrator.
  • Marketing – advertising specialist, market research analyst, marketing specialist, retail manager.
  • Management – learning and development, HR, change management or organisation development, leadership roles in innovation and business sustainability.
  • Supply chain management – supply-chain manager, logistics professional, global procurement specialist, sourcing/distribution manager, enterprise resource planning developer, project leader, transport coordinator, warehouse supervisor, import/export manager, customs manager.
  • Tourism, hospitality & events management – policy development in government, planning and promotion, managers of attractions, marketing and communication roles (events), planners within the travel sector.

Course structure

To attain the Graduate Diploma in Business, students will be required to complete 96 credit points consisting of:

  • 48 credit points college core units
  • 48 credit points specialisation studies selected from the approved list

Please note:
To attain the Graduate Diploma in Business as an exit point from a Masters program, students will be required to complete the specialisation studies specific to that Masters program:
BMAQ Master of Professional Accounting

  • BSPMAQ Professional Accounting

BMBU Master of Business Analytics

  • BSPMBU Business Analytics

BMEN Master of Enterprise Resource Planning

  • BSPMEN Enterprise Resource Planning

BMFA Master of Finance

  • BSPMFA Finance 

BMKT Master of Marketing

  • BSPMKT Marketing

BMMN Master of Management

  • BSPMMN Management

BMSU Master of Supply Chain Management 

  • BSPMSU Supply Chain Management

BMTE Master of Tourism Hospitality and Events Management

  • BSPMTE Tourism Hospitality and Events Management

Specialisations

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Review theoretical approaches and analyse their application to achieve effective business strategies;  
  2. Justify and interpret theoretical propositions and related knowledge to think critically in the resolution of business problems and recommend actions relevant to contemporary business settings;  
  3. Analyse cross disciplinary knowledge in creative decision making;  
  4. Exhibit independent judgement in a range of business functions in response to contemporary and future professional challenges;  
  5. Formulate, implement and evaluate industry-specific investigations to resolve complex professional problems and inform management decision making;  
  6. Articulate complex knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences;  
  7. Present consistently, with personal accountability for outputs in a dynamic 21st century work environment, working in an ethical and socially responsible manner; and,  
  8. Analyse and evaluate research findings applicable to business environments as part of the course work.  

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take and optional elective units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Credits

Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type for this course: Full-fee

Fee type definitions

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) or a full fee-paying place.

Students who enrol in a:

In addition to your tuition fees, you may also be charged a Student Services & Amenities Fee (SSAF).

Scholarships & assistance

Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.

We can help with fee assistance and advice.

Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course. Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency.

Entry requirements

Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in any discipline
OR
Completion of an Australian Graduate Certificate (or equivalent) in a similar discipline
OR
Applicants with a minimum three (3) years approved work experience will be considered for admission to this course.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course chair or academic adviser.

How to apply

Before you apply

Before applying, you should consider whether you also want to apply for:

  • Special admission programs: Depending on your life circumstances you may be eligible for special consideration of your application.
  • Advanced standing: If you have significant experience or studies elsewhere you may be eligible for credit for some units of your course and not have to undertake them.

Find out more about applying for our courses.

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Direct applications are due on 13 February 2022 for our next intake which starts on 21 February 2022.

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