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Programme overview

This programme is no longer offered. If you have applied for this programme we will contact you to discuss your options - including alternative programmes that may suit you such as the Master of Computing programme

The Doctor of Computing aims to help computing professionals gain the knowledge and skills to contribute to New Zealand’s knowledge economy. You’ll explore in-depth, relevant issues in your specialist field of computing and/or your workplace. Investigate theoretical and practical issues in the computing profession and determine the appropriate responses. Your thesis must provide a significant and original contribution to the field of computing.


  • New Zealand’s first professional doctorate in computing
  • A combination of advanced coursework and original research
  • Developed in consultation with the computer industry and leading universities both here and in Australia
  • Taught by experts and practitioners on the cutting-edge of the discipline. You get to interact with visiting industry practitioners and academics
  • State-of-the-art workshop labs which you can access seven days a week
  • A mix of weekend classes and e-learning.

Notes on courses

Part-time students take the 60-credit course Critical Issues in Professional Practice in their first year and the two 30-credit courses Research Development and Advanced Scholarly Inquiry in their second year. Full-time students study all three courses in their first year. Students must pass Critical Issues in Professional Practice, and obtain at least B- grades for Research Development and Advanced Scholarly Inquiry, before starting their thesis. There are no exit qualifications.

Admission requirements

For this programme, you will need the following:

1. At least three years of appropriate professional experience relevant to this doctorate
2. A master’s degree in the same or similar discipline with no less than upper second class honours or equivalent
3. A honours degree of four years duration in the same or similar discipline with at least an A- average, and which includes a research project OR a postgraduate diploma in the same or similar discipline and be able to demonstrate, through substantial industry reports or other research publications, analytical and critical thinking skills and data interpretation
4. A minimum of 8 credits at NCEA Level 2 or higher in English (4 in reading, 4 in writing)
5. If English is your second language, you are required to have one or more of the following:

  • Have achieved NCEA Level 3 and New Zealand University entrance
  • Be able to provide evidence you satisfy our criteria for existing English proficiency
  • Have achieved at least one English proficiency outcome in the last two years

Don’t meet the requirements? We also accept:

  • Other qualifications recognised as equivalent at the discretion of the programme committee.

For more information download the programme regulations:

Programme Regulations

Courses and timetables

For more details on the courses including timetables, please click on the course names below.

Critical Issues in Professional Practice (Sem A) (ISCG1001-SA) 30.0 credits (0.25 EFTS)To explore the theoretical and practical issues in the computing profession and determine appropriate theoretical and practical responses.
Critical Issues in Professional Practice (Sem B) (ISCG1001-SB) 30.0 credits (0.25 EFTS)To explore the theoretical and practical issues in the computing profession and determine appropriate theoretical and practical responses.
Research Development (ISCG1002) 30 credits (0.25 EFTS)To develop a critical understanding of research in the student’s field, select appropriate research tools and techniques and construct a preliminary research proposal.
Advanced Scholarly Inquiry (ISCG1003) 30 credits (0.25 EFTS)To select and scope a reseach problem/area, review sources of information and produce a publishable review which also identifies areas for further research.





The 'Key Information for Students' below does not reflect any international student information.

Please take this information as a guideline only. For example, you will often see a difference between these tuition fees and our estimate above. This is because there are a number of variables, such as the specific courses chosen within a programme.

The national graduate outcomes information is for all tertiary New Zealand providers including Unitec. This information is provided by the New Zealand Government and is derived from a national database that links educational and income information.

Key Information for Students

Entry requirements

Minimum requirements: Either a four-year honours degree with an A- average or postgraduate diploma with supporting evidence plus a masters degree with an upper second class honours plus three years relevant work experience with English language requirements.

Detailed requirements: See the above "Admission requirements" section for more information about entry to this progrogramme.


3 Years

Tuition Fees


Total Qualification

Student fees:  $9,806$29,418
Government tuition subsidy: $14,489$43,468

Compulsory Student Services Fee
Student loan information available at StudyLink.

National graduate outcomes

(3 years after completion)
Median earnings$73,028
Earnings range$56,652 - $82,760
In employment78%
In further study6%
On a benefitN/A

Note:All KIS information is the most recent available relating to domestic students only. Click here for more information about the Key Information for Students.