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Come and learn about computing in the twenty first century with our state of the art labs and equipment.
We’re home to New Zealand's first Cybersecurity Research Centre. Opened in 2012 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.
There’s also the IBM Delivery Centre – the first in New Zealand – which opened at our Mt Albert campus in 2013. It’s an opportunity for our staff to work closely with IBM professionals to run student mentoring programmes and internships with one of the biggest names in business and IT consulting.
You’ll learn from passionate and knowledgeable lecturers. Our instructors are members of relevant industry organisations and have published in international journals. Some work as consultants to the IT industry and quite a few are involved in applied research from high speed networks and data mining, to internet security and robotics.
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
|PROGRAMME||LEVEL||DURATION||CAREER OPTIONS||START DATES|
|New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3)||3||Full-time for 16 weeks or part-time options available||Entry into further study at certificate or diploma level.||February or July|
|Certificate of University Preparation (Level 4)||4||Full-time for 16 weeks or part-time options available||Entry into degree-level study at universities, institutes of technology and polytechnics in New Zealand.||February or July|
|New Zealand Certificate in Information Technology (Essentials)||4||Full-time for 16 weeks||Further study in computing systems, Support role in business or retail||February or July|
|New Zealand Diploma in Information Systems (Level 5)||5||Full-time for 1 year||February or July - pending NZQA approval|
|Diploma in Applied Computer Systems Engineering||6||Full-time for one year||Programme no longer offered|
|Diploma in Information Technology Support||6||Full-time for two years or part-time options available||Desktop support technician, Help desk technician, Network technician||No longer offered for new enrolments|
|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||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||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, Researcher, Network manager, Software engineer, Systems analyst, Website manager||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||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||February|
Cyber Security Research Centre
The 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 – this gives you 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.