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Unitec’s computer engineering courses cover everything from system analysis, software design and website development to network design, security, and mobile app development. It's computing for the real world – with practical assignments, guest lectures by industry experts, work experience and applied postgraduate research.

Train in IT and you’ll benefit from our great connections with the industry. Unitec is home to New Zealand’s first Cybersecurity Research Centre as well as the first IBM Delivery Centre. It’s an example of cutting-edge technology being developed right here on campus, and could mean mentoring programmes, scholarships and internship opportunities for you.

You'll learn from staff who are members of industry organisations and are involved in applied research - from high-speed networks and data mining, to internet security and robotics. And because good ideas don't stick to a schedule, our computing labs are open seven days a week.

Free4U computing classes

Our Free4U computing courses are also a great way to get into computing or develop your current computing skills. Whether it's for fun or to to prepare for the workforce, our friendly tutors will help you learn at your own pace.

Programmes and study path

Start with a programme that suits your qualifications and/or experience, then progress to a level that achieves your goals.
PROGRAMME LEVEL DURATION CAREER OPTIONS START DATES
Certificate in Information Technology 4 Full-time for one semester or part-time options available Data entry operator February, July
Certificate in Computer Servicing (Level 5) 5 Full-time for one semester IT support (hardware), IT support (software) Starts March and July
Diploma in Applied Computer Systems Engineering 6 Full-time for one year Corporate mail systems administrator, Desktop support technician, Help desk technician, Microsoft systems administrator, Network administrator, Network engineer Starts February or July
Diploma in Information Technology Support 6 Full-time for two years or part-time options available Desktop support technician, Help desk technician, Network technician Starts February or July
Bachelor of Computing Systems 7 Full-time for three years or part-time options available Applications programmer, Database analyst, Information systems manager, IT support (hardware), IT support (software), IT systems administrator, Linux systems administrator, Windows systems administrator, Multimedia developer, Network administrator, Network and security analyst, Network designer, Network engineer, Software designer, Systems analyst Starts February or July
Graduate Diploma in Computing 7 Full-time for one year or part-time options available Applications programmer, Business analyst, Project manager, Software developer, Internet and Web developer, Data analyst, Database analyst and developer, Cyber-security analyst, Network support technician, Network engineer, Network administrator, Systems analyst, Game programmer, Software tester, Software designer Starts February or July
Postgraduate Diploma in Computing 8 Full-time for one year or part-time for two to three years Information systems manager, IT adviser, Multimedia development manager, Network manager, Software engineer, Systems analyst, Website manager Starts February or July
Master of Computing 9 Full-time for two years or part-time for three to five years Information systems manager, IT adviser, Multimedia development manager, Network manager, Researcher, Website manager Starts February or July
Doctor of Computing 10 Full-time for three years or part-time for four to six years Practising professional working to advance the computing knowledge base, Researcher Starts February

Short courses

Start with a short course that suits your qualifications and/or experience, then progress to a level that achieves your goals.
Short courses DURATION  
Incidents and investigations for managers 3 hours This course focuses on incident response and how you can build forensic investigation readiness into your business.
Protecting information 3 hours This course covers the CIA (confidentiality, integrity and availability) model for information security.
Governance 3 hours In this course we will discuss the risk management aspects of information security and the legal obligations that businesses have to ensure the security of individuals and business partners.
The mind of a cyber criminal 3 hours To understand an attacker’s motivation you need to start thinking like a cyber criminal.
The current state of play 3 hours This course provides an overview of the current state of play in information security, including types of attack, their costs to the business, and the rationale for such attacks.
Telecommunications and networks 3 hours This short course focuses on the technical aspects of telecommunications and network security, and covers firewalls, intrusion detection systems, network monitoring and mobile security.
Day to day operations 3 hours This short course shows you how to implement day-to-day security in your enterprise, and what checks to perform to gain insight in your security status.
Authentication systems 3 hours This short course deals with access control and discusses the technical aspects of authentication mechanisms, authorisation, and accounting (‘logging’).
Software development considerations 3 hours This short course focuses on cyber security considerations in the software design and development processes in a typical software development lifecycle.
Data and communications cryptography 3 hours This short course details the technical aspects of cryptography and outlines which methods are available and how they work.
Incidents and investigations for IT professionals 3 hours This short course concentrates on incident response and how you can build a forensic investigation. Find out how to ensure your company is ready to respond quickly to cyber security...

Cyber Security Research Centre

The new Cyber Security Research Centre at our Mt Albert campus is the first of its kind in New Zealand. It’s a joint venture between Unitec and Japan’s National Institute of Information and Communications Technologies (NICT). It provides organisations with cloud-based cyber security technologies and is home to the first nationwide Darknet/Livenet station to monitor New Zealand’s Cyber Security.

For students, the Cyber Security Centre gives you the chance to learn from real life industry research projects. You could take part in an international exchange or internships – great exposure to worldwide research in computational intelligence and cyber security. There are also industry workshops and summer school programmes for postgraduate students from around the world.

We’re proud to be the only tertiary institute in New Zealand to offer cyber security courses. You can take them as short courses or as part of an undergraduate or postgraduate programme. Topics include include: application security, business continuity and disaster recovery, cryptography and cyber security and cloud computing.