Postgraduate Certificate in Business Development (PGCertBusDev)

Build on your business development knowledge and specialise in an area of business development with this 60-point programme designed for working professionals.

Programme overview

The Postgraduate Certificate in Business Development (PGCertBusDev) is designed for working professionals seeking to further upskill in business development.

It will prepare you for advancement in business development roles by building on your undergraduate qualification. You will acquire further understanding and knowledge of business processes and a strong platform of professional skills.

For those who do not meet the GPA requirement for direct entry to the Master of Business Development, the PGCertBusDev in Management can be used as a pathway qualification. Students who achieve a GPA of 4.0 can then enrol in the MBusDev and reassign the courses.

The PGCertBusDev is an alternative pathway for anyone who is initially uncertain about committing to the masters programme. You can complete the set of MBusDev Part I core courses for a specialisation in Management or select from the MBusDev specialisations in Business Growth, Technology Commercialisation or Innovation and Product Management.

Courses completed for the PGCertBusDev can be reassigned to the masters programme provided the postgraduate certificate has not been awarded.

Quick facts

Programme type Postgraduate
Points 60
Duration Full-time: 6 months (2 quarters)
Part-time: 12 months (4 quarters)
Location City Campus

Entry requirements

Taught - 60 points

To be eligible to apply for admission to the Postgraduate Certificate in Business Development you must have:

  • Completed a relevant bachelors degree or professional qualification in an approved relevant subject.
  • Completed at least three years’ relevant work experience.


A relevant degree or subject may be in business, engineering, health sciences, humanities, sciences or technology.

Relevant work experience includes work with some involvement in business development, business growth, research, R&D, innovation, commercialisation, product management, product development, product marketing, service development, technical B2B sales, market expansion, strategy or strategy development, partnering and strategic alliances, or international business.

Programme structure

Taught: 60 points


PGCertBusDev in Management

60 points from:

  • BUSDEV 713 Sustainable Value Chains
  • BUSDEV 712 Financial Management
  • BUSDEV 715 Contemporary Marketing
  • BUSDEV 711 Managing in a Changing World

PGCertBusDev in Business Growth

60 points from:

  • BUSDEV 731 Business Analytics
  • BUSDEV 741 Strategy in a Disruptive Age
  • BUSDEV 742 Competing Globally
  • BUSDEV 743 Managing Change
  • BUSDEV 744 Leading Business Growth

PGCertBusDev in Innovation and Product Management

60 points from:

  • BUSDEV 724 Designing for Sustainability
  • BUSDEV 721 Innovation Management and Strategy
  • BUSDEV 722 New Product Development Processes
  • BUSDEV 723 Product Management
  • BUSDEV 731 Business Analytics

PGCertBusDev in Technology Commercialisation

60 points:

  • BUSDEV 732 Commercialising Technology
  • BUSDEV 733 Turning Technology into IP
  • BUSDEV 734 Technology Entrepreneurship
  • BUSDEV 731 Business Analytics

Enquiries and applications

The Postgraduate Certificate in Business Development (PGCertBusDev) will be offered for the first time in Quarter 2, 2021.

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