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Computing and Information Technology

We love solving problems. From better security for computer networks to more effective business software, our computing programmes keep pace with constantly evolving technology.

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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. 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. 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.


To help you on your IT career we have a number of scholarships available for both domestic and international students.

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.
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 Programme no longer offered
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 or part-time options available Business analyst, IT systems administrator, IT support (software) February or July
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

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 first 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.