Master of Business Development (Online)


Develop the knowledge, skills, mindset and networks to advance your career in business development and innovation and product management. This flexible masters programme is designed to fit around your work and personal commitments.

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Register below for information regarding programme overview and benefits, how to apply, and more.

Entry Requirements

Taught 180-points:

A relevant bachelors degree with a GPA of 4.0

Taught 120-points:

A relevant bachelors honours degree or A Postgraduate Diploma in Business with a GPA of 4.0

*Pathway option available for those who do not meet the above requirements.


Taught 180-points:

24 to 36-months


Taught 120-points: 


Next start date

29 March 2021
13 September 2021

Full Programme Fees

24 months 
$27,465 – $27,739

36 months
$27,833 – $28,110

$18,371 – $18,554

Programme Overview

The Master of Business Development (Innovation and Product Management) will provide you with the capabilities required to advance in a variety of business development roles. This programme is designed for graduates of business, engineering, health sciences, humanities, science or technology degrees, and is ideal for early-to-mid career professionals, with at least three years of relevant experience, who wish to pursue further studies specialised in innovation and product management on a part-time basis. The Master of Business Development (Innovation and Product Management) provides you with the opportunity to learn a diverse set of skills required to develop businesses including customer insight, market assessment, design, translating business-to-technical requirements, sustainable products, resource allocation, developing business cases, monitoring product performance, and more. The specialisation in Innovation and Product Management will be of interest to those wanting to jump-start their career in innovation or product management. You will develop knowledge and skills that are in-demand by large companies and start-ups alike. The programme will also appeal to aspiring founders who want to gain a better understanding of the product development process. If you want to advance your career and acquire the knowledge, mindset, personal and professional skills, and resilience required for to achieve your potential in a dynamic and increasingly global and technology-driven business environment, this programme is for you.

*If you do not meet the entry criteria for this programme, there are pathway options available. Enquire now.

The Master of Business Development (Innovation and Product Management) is for those who want to advance their knowledge about innovation and product management. During this degree, you will learn to develop advanced capabilities in a mix of practical and theoretical areas of study related to the processes that underpin the growth and success of business. In particular, you will sharpen your knowledge and skills in customer insight, market assessment and translating business-to-technical requirements, and you will also study the latest trends in sustainable product management, resource allocation, developing business cases, and monitoring product performance.

The Master of Business Development (Innovation and Product Management) 180-point programme consists out of 11 courses, and the 120-point programme consists out of 7 courses. Each course runs over a 10-week quarter, allowing you to take one course at a time and complete this programme in 24 to 36 months. The 180-point Master of Business Development has the added flexibility to accelerate the programme and take 30-points per quarter for the first 120-points of the programme. The 2021-2022 Quarters are scheduled as follows:


– Quarter 2: 29 March
– Quarter 3: 21 June
– Quarter 4: 13 September


– Quarter 1: 10 January
– Quarter 2: 4 April
– Quarter 3: 27 June
– Quarter 4: 19 September


Course Code





(180 only)

Business in a Changing World Examines the implications of disruptive technologies such as AI, blockchain and deep learning. Focuses on enabling managers to understand various disruptive trends such as aging populations, global shifts in economic power and urbanisation. Analytical tools, concepts and perspectives are provided which help managers analyse and put forward recommendations on how to navigate disruptive trends and technologies. 15


(180 only)

Financial Management Develops an understanding of the financial implications of the decisions managers make and methods for ensuring clear communication of those decisions to various primary and secondary stakeholders. Fundamental techniques and tools required to manage finances and accounts are examined including assessing business feasibility, identifying suitable sources of financing and effectively communicating financial performance information. 15


(180 only)

Sustainable Value Chains Explores the reasons for creating value for multiple stakeholders, while striking a balance between growth and sustainability in private and public organisations. Examines the ways in which sustainable value is created through effective and efficient operations, information systems, and supply chain management. Focuses on process design for productivity and sustainability, particularly in uncertain and complex business contexts. 15


(180 only)

Contemporary Marketing Explores highly dynamic business environments and how ongoing digital transformation creates dramatic changes in the role of marketing. Develops an understanding of how collaboration with various stakeholders (e.g. customers, partners and competitors) can create and sustain value. Focuses on the theory and practice of contemporary marketing. 15
BUSDEV 722 New Product Development Processes Develops the knowledge and capabilities to lead new product development processes and launch products into the market. Examines practices for customer insight, design, prototyping, product planning, and go-to-market strategies. 15
BUSDEV 723 Product Management Considers the product manager’s role in developing and leading product strategy, managing a product portfolio, and helping to foster innovation. Develops capabilities to foster collaboration between functions, manage projects, develop persuasive business cases, and manage products throughout their lifecycle. 15
Designing for Sustainability Addresses challenges in designing for sustainability, including lifetime and disposal costs, environmental and social impacts, compliance issues, and tensions between corporate responsibility and profit generation. Explores contemporary topics like eco-innovation, circular economy, and social enterprise. 15
Business Analytics Addresses the conditions of uncertainty under which more traditional methods of business analytics cannot always be applied. Explores how effective business analysis requires a systematic and multi-disciplinary approach to help drive business success. Examines various analytical methods to aid managerial decision making. 15
BUSDEV 780 Personal and Team Leadership Focuses on developing personal and team leadership capabilities within complex, uncertain and creative business contexts. Provides tools and techniques to develop leadership capabilities and self-awareness. Engages students in personal development experiences which enable them to reflect on their strengths and weaknesses and encourages approaches to leadership that are well-suited to current and future work contexts. 15
BUSDEV 781 Managing Collaborative Projects Focuses on managers’ responsibilities and challenges when leading, organising and working within collaborative projects. Explores and evaluates various distributed collaboration tools used to establish and manage project teams. Planning, control, and execution models for capstone projects are reviewed and critiqued. Develops skills in the facilitation and effective management of complex collaborations and project team-dynamics within and beyond organisational boundaries. 15
BUSDEV 782 (A/B) Capstone Project Working with a client’s real-world and real-time problem, students will choose, integrate, and apply theories, frameworks and tools to understand the problem, and subsequently generate and iterate possible solutions. Plans, reports and presentations will be produced and communicated with the intention of informing and influencing clients and affected stakeholders 30

As a graduate of the Master of Business Development (Innovation and Product Management), you will be able to do the following:

  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge of the theories and practices of the business processes associated with innovation and product management, and effectively and justifiably apply that knowledge in the context of ambiguity and complexity.
  • Evaluate and synthesise evidence from multiple sources, integrate feedback into practice, and undertake critical and reflexive thinking when working through complex challenges.
  • Identify, diagnose and frame complex problems, and to use integrative thinking to iterate through the development of innovative solutions, selecting between alternatives, and implementing appropriate solutions.
  • Work effectively in teams and communicate orally and in writing using a range of media.
  • Demonstrate effective stakeholder communication and engagement strategies in order to achieve successful business development outcomes.
  • Work autonomously and ethically, demonstrating self-management, reflexivity and adaptability in the face of ambiguity.
  • Make business decisions that reflect a consideration of their environmental and social responsibilities, internal and external stakeholder interests, and of the principles underpinning the Treaty of Waitangi and sustainability.

    *Our Programme Advisors will provide all official programme information, including regulations about entry, enrolment, course fees, examinations and requirements for degrees, diplomas and certificates as per the University Calendar. Please note that the programme fees are indicative and estimates only. Fees are set in advance of each calendar year and will be updated on this website. Fees are inclusive of 15% GST, but do not include the Student Services Fee course books, travel and health insurance, or living costs. Fees will be confirmed upon completion of enrolment into courses.

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