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BBus - Leadership as a major

Leadership is a new undergraduate subject major being offered for the first time in 2024.

Unlock your potential with the new Bachelor of Business at Waikato, launching in 2024.
Real-world learning experiences, academic excellence, and flexible study options combine forces to supercharge your future career.

Discover what it takes to lead and inspire people to work towards achieving shared goals.

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Key information

Entry Requirements:

University Entrance, or its equivalent, or on a case-by-case basis.

Years: 3
Points: 360
Start Dates: Trimester A (March) and Trimester B (July)
Estimated Fees* (Domestic): $7,302 per year
Estimated Fees* (International): $34,695 per year
Entry Requirements: Undergraduate International
Area of Study:
All amounts are in New Zealand Dollars (NZD). *Tuition fees shown are indicative only and may change. There are additional fees and charges related to enrolment please see the Table of Fees and Charges for more information. You will be sent an enrolment agreement which will confirm your fees.

Career opportunities

  • Management consultant
  • Team leader
  • Change management leader
  • Human resources manager
  • Communications and engagement manager
  • Diversity and inclusion consultant
  • Negotiator/mediation specialist
  • Leadership & organisational development trainer

Degree Planner

Degree planner — BBus in Leadership (Single or Double Major)

* If you taking the BBus with a double major, choose the higher 300 Level paper indicated in the box.

Year 1

Choose one:

Choose one:

100 Level

100 Level

Year 2

200 or 300 Level
Any Leadership paper listed below

Choose one:

100 Level or above
Any WMS paper or 3 Experience Modules

200 Level

200 Level

200 Level

Year 3

LEADR301 Indigenous Leadership

LEADR303 Capstone: Personalising Leadership

WSOMM 396/399
Work-Integrated Learning

MNGMT321 Applied Business Challenge

200 or 300 * Level

200 or 300 * Level

200 or 300 * Level

  • Major
  • Field
  • Elective

Experience modules (worth 5 points each) can be completed in the teaching breaks between trimesters A, B and C. If you complete three modules, you will receive credit for one 15-point paper at 200 Level.

This information is provisional and subject to change.

Paper details

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  • ACCTN101 Accounting for Management
  • FINAN101 Introduction to Finance
  • MGSYS101 Digital Business and Supply Chain Management
  • MRKTG101 Fundamentals of Successful Marketing
  • BUSAN201 Practical Business Analytics
  • BUSAN205 Data Analytics with Business Applications
  • DIGIB201 Creating Value with Social Media Analytics
  • MRKTG205 Marketing Analytics and Insights



As the landscapes of life and work change rapidly around us, core skills of leadership have become more important than ever. In the new world of flux and uncertainty, workplaces across the spectrum, be they small or large businesses, government, or non-government organisations, are crying out for people with leadership skills to navigate the future. By studying leadership, students can learn about different leadership styles, how to motivate and inspire others, how to communicate effectively, how to build and manage teams, and how to make ethical and strategic decisions.

Leadership is available as a first major for the Bachelor of Business (BBus). Leadership may also be included as a second major or minor in other undergraduate degrees, subject to approval of the Division in which the student is enrolled.

To complete Leadership as a single major for the BBus, students must gain 135 points from papers listed for Leadership, including 105 points above 100 level, and 60 points above 200 level. Students must complete LEADR101, STMGT101, LEADR201, LEADR202, 15 further points at 200 level or above from the papers listed for the subject, LEADR301, LEADR302, LEADR303, and one of WSAFE396 or WSAFE399.

To complete Leadership as part of a double major for the BBus or other undergraduate degree, students must gain 120 points from papers listed for Leadership, including 90 points above 100 level, and 45 points above 200 level. Students must complete LEADR101, STMGT101, LEADR201, LEADR202, 15 further points at 200 level or above from the papers listed for the subject, LEADR301, LEADR302 and LEADR303.

To complete a minor in Leadership, students must complete 60 points from the papers listed for the Leadership major, including at least 30 points above 100 level. Students must complete LEADR101.

100 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
LEADR101Introduction to Leadership15.024A (Hamilton), 24A (Tauranga), 24G (Online) & 24X (Secondary School - Unistart)
By showing how to lead through improving communication, understanding who we are, and collaborating for problem-solving, this course provides a repertoire of skills relevant to personal, family, and organisational success.
STMGT101Introduction to Management15.024A (Hamilton), 24B (Hamilton), 24B (Tauranga), 24VA (National Economics University, Vietnam), 24W (Hamilton Waikato College), 24X (Hamilton Waikato College) & 24X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
Managing in organisations, small and large, in changing local and international business environments requires knowledge, skills, and abilities of who managers are, what managers do, and how they can make a difference to organisational performance, competitive position, and sustainability over time. This paper introduces students t...

200 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
COMMS202Intercultural Perspectives in Communication15.024B (Hamilton)
This paper examines concepts of intercultural communication where consideration is given to individual and cross cultural values and practice. Communication will be considered through a range of themes including Treaty partnership in Aotearoa, cultural understanding and influences, perceptions and personality, motivation, decision ...
LEADR201Professional Speaking15.024A (Hamilton)
This highly practical paper focuses on the skills, principles and practices of developing and delivering professional speeches and presentations. Participants gain extensive practice in analysing, writing and presenting speeches across a wide range of professional purposes and contexts.
LEADR202Leadership and Facilitation15.024B (Hamilton)
This paper covers the core concepts of interpersonal communication and equips students with skills to lead and facilitate effective communication in teams in professional contexts.
PHILO218Ethics at Work15.024G (Online)
A study of ethics as it relates to business and professional practice in New Zealand including material specifically for interest groups: eg computer science, psychology and social work.
PSYCH202Mauri Ora: Social Psychology of Human Flourishing15.024A (Hamilton) & 24A (Tauranga)
The paper will examine important conceptual frameworks and theory within social psychology and the social sciences generally. Maori perspectives and exemplars will be a significant emphasis within the paper.
STMGT202The Entrepreneur15.024A (Hamilton) & 24A (Tauranga)
Discover what it takes to become a successful and socially responsible entrepreneur, how to develop new ideas into business ventures, and how to cultivate an entrepreneurial mind-set.

300 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
ANTHY300Culture and Power in the Pacific15.024B (Hamilton)
This paper examines the cultural logics of different systems of political action, leadership and ideology in Pacific Island societies.
HRMGT300Women and Management15.024G (Hamilton)
This paper analyses: 1) women's different employment experiences and career outcomes, 2) the implications of gendered employment outcomes, and 3) government and organisation initiatives designed to redress gendered employment outcomes.
LEADR302Conflict and Negotiation15.024A (Hamilton)
This paper provides a foundation in conflict management in a variety of contexts and provides students with skills in leading negotiations in interpersonal, organisational, and multi-party settings.
LEGAL306Dispute Resolution15.024B (Hamilton) & 24B (Tauranga)
The objective/ethos of the paper is to expose students to the theory, general principles and practical dimensions of client interviewing, negotiation, mediation, arbitration, adjudication and advocacy. Once the students have a basic knowledge of these skills, the paper then examines how these skills are applied within certain conte...
MAORI300Working with Indigenous Communities15.024B (Hamilton) & 24C (Hamilton)
This paper focuses on the critical learnings, knowledge's and pedagogies related to working with whenua, whanau, hapu, iwi, Maori, Pacific and Indigenous communities.
PRMGT301Fundamentals of Project Management15.024A (Hamilton), 24A (Online), 24B (Online) & 24C (Online)
This paper introduces fundamental project management theory and supports development of students' skill-based project management competencies. Expanding on core concepts from the Project Management Body of Knowledge it encourages students to think critically and apply theoretical knowledge to practical scenarios.
PSYCH317Organisational Psychology15.024A (Hamilton) & 24A (Tauranga)
This course offers a general introduction to how psychology can be used to build better workplaces and work lives. It takes a problem-solving approach, introducing key work psychology concepts and building student understanding of how to apply them to work, while providing an awareness of how business priorities inform applied psyc...
STMGT303Applied Strategy15.024B (Hamilton) & 24B (Tauranga)
Develop strategic analysis and strategic thinking skills to be able to evaluate and improve the competitive position and performance of organisations.
WSOMM396Management Internship15.024A (Hamilton), 24A (Tauranga), 24B (Hamilton), 24B (Tauranga), 24C (Hamilton), 24C (Tauranga) & 24VB (Internet National Economics University, Vietnam)
The Management Internship provides students with the opportunity to apply their management discipline-based knowledge to an authentic project within an organisation.
WSOMM399Report of an Investigation15.024A (Hamilton), 24A (Tauranga), 24B (Hamilton) & 24B (Tauranga)
This paper offers students the opportunity to complete a directed investigation of an approved topic relevant to an organisation or industry and in an area related to their management discipline of study.

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