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School of Computing, Electrical and Applied Technology

At the School of Computing and Information Technology we like solving problems. From better security for computer networks to more effective business software, our computing courses keep pace with constantly evolving technology.

School overview

The impact of technology on modern-day society is undeniable – it fundamentally changes the way we work and live. This School is dedicated to keeping pace with the constantly evolving and innovative world of computing, electrical and applied technologies.

Our programmes, people and facilities

At its core, technology is what allows us to find answers and fix problems. When we apply technology in practical situations through machines like computers or processes like repairing an electrical fault, we get better and quicker at doing ordinary things in unexpected ways.

No matter where you are in your career, our computing and information technology, electrical and electronics engineering and applied technology programmes provide employment-focused education. Instead of spending hours in a lecture theatre, you’ll learn practical skills in state-of-the-art labs using the latest software and hardware.

Our teaching teams are passionate and have years of hands-on experience. Most of them work and teach, so they know what is needed by employers. They’re members of relevant industry organisations and have published in international journals. Others are involved in applied research that will help shape the future of their industry.

We’re home to New Zealand’s first Cybersecurity Research Centre, in collaboration with Japan’s National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) - it’s an example of cutting-edge technology being developed right here on-campus. Our electrical engineering labs include full automation equipment and robotics. And then there’s Mataaho, our trades training facility, with the latest emulation equipment to work on full vehicle systems.

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
New Zealand Certificate in Electrical Engineering (Level 3) 3 Full-time for 1 year, or part-time options available Apprentice electrician 
New Zealand Certificate in Information Technology (Essentials) 4 Full-time for 16 weeks Further study in computing systems, Support role in business or retail
New Zealand Diploma in Information Systems (Level 5) 5 Full-time for 1 year or part-time options available Business analyst, IT systems administrator, IT support (software)
New Zealand Diploma in Cybersecurity 6 Full-time for 1 year or part-time options available Cyber-security analyst, Security penetration tester, Security Engineer, Information Assurance Analyst, Cybersecurity Assessor/ Auditor, Cybersecurity related support roles
New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Electrical) 6 Full-time for two years, or part-time options available Power systems engineer, Electrical engineer, Electrical services engineer, Electronics engineer, Computer engineer, Control systems engineer, Telecommunications engineer, Robotics/automation engineer
Bachelor of Applied Technology - Electrotechnology 7 Full-time for three years or part-time (day) options available Technical manager, Project leader, Design draftsperson, Sales consultant, Roles that require both electrical and business knowledge, Digital systems technologist, Computing and IT technologist, Electrical technologist, Electronics technologist, Mechatronics technologist
Bachelor of Computing Systems 7 Full-time for three years or part-time options available Applications programmer, Business analyst, Database analyst, Cyber-security analyst, Game or app designer, Information systems manager, IT support (hardware), IT systems administrator, Linux systems administrator, Windows systems administrator, Multimedia developer, Network administrator, Network and security analyst, Network designer, Tester, Network engineer, Internet and Web developer, Software designer
Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Electrical) 7 Full-time for three years or part-time options available Electronics engineer, Electrical engineer, Electrical services engineer, Power systems engineer, Control systems engineer, Robotics/automation engineer
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
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, Researcher, Network manager, Software engineer, Systems analyst, Website manager
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

Staff