Graduate Diploma in Accounting

This programme is suitable if you want to learn how to record and process financial transactions, and prepare financial statements and cash budgets. Courses include intermediate/advanced management accounting, intermediate/advanced financial accounting, taxation in New Zealand and organisational research design.

About the programme

Got a head for numbers? Get an accounting qualification.

This programme is useful for people who may be seeking a promotion within their current job or who want to broaden their skill base.

It allows you to extend your knowledge in a complementary discipline without having to undertake a full degree.

With a skillset in accounting you will be in constant demand for your ability to plan and record the financial performance of every kind of commercial venture. You could work in a diverse range of organisations, including public sector entities, national and multi-national corporations, NGO’s and self-employment options.

During this programme, you'll learn how to record and process financial transactions and prepare financial statements and cash budgets for entities in accordance with current accounting practices in New Zealand. You'll do a series of compulsory accounting courses and complete a practical industry project.

Benefit from the guidance and support of highly experienced staff whose main focus is on providing you with industry-relevant skills that you can apply directly to the real-world of finance and accounting. 

Studying part-time

We know full-time study isn't always possible We also offer part-time study options - talk to us about what suits you best!


You'll complete 120 credits of learning, of which 75 must be at Level 7. 

Compulsory courses Level Credits

Intermediate Financial Accounting

Learn how to prepare general purpose financial reports for companies and partnerships, following New Zealand International Reporting Standards.

6 15

Intermediate Management Accounting

This course looks at topics including production cost estimations, operational budgeting, and other pricing and reporting processes within management accounting.

6 15

Taxation in New Zealand

An introduction to taxation legislation in New Zealand and tax accounting including GST and Fringe Benefit Tax for sole traders, partnerships, companies, and trusts.

6 15

Advanced Financial Accounting

Develop an understanding of advanced concepts within financial accounting and reporting, particularly financial instruments and foreign exchange.

7 15

Advanced Management Accounting

Extend your understanding of management and cost accounting approaches including value chain analysis, strategic pricing, lean manufacturing, risk analysis, financing, and performance analysis through case studies.

7 15

Organisational Research Design

Learn how to form and scope a proposal for an investigation; apply critical reasoning to select appropriate research approach(es), management concepts, theories and tools to conduct an investigation and comply with legal and ethical standards of research.

7 15

Industry Project for Professional Accounting

This provides an opportunity to balance theory with applied learning in your workplace or host organisation and tailor your studies accordingly to your interest. The project involves a workload of 200 hours, completing a written research project investigating an issue/problem that adds value to the organisation. This industry project will be useful in developing teamwork, communication, and other soft skills/capabilities and in helping establish industry connections post-graduation. 

7 30
Total   120

Further study options

Progress into higher levels of learning and enhance your employment potential with postgraduate study in Accounting. Further graduate diploma studies in Business Information Systems or Innovation and Entrepreneurship could also be of interest.

A change for 2023 enrolments

When you apply to study with Otago Polytechnic in 2023, you will be enrolled with Te Pūkenga, the new national network of vocational and applied education in Aotearoa New Zealand. You will learn in the same way, in the same place, and with the same people. The great news is that this enables us to share skills and knowledge across a network of passionate education providers, to better help you succeed. Enrolling in programmes that start in 2023, means that you will graduate with a Te Pūkenga qualification.


While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative ONLY. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.