- Current students
- Under 25s
This programme is no longer offered for new enrolments. Please consider the Postgraduate Diploma of Applied Technologies- Computing as an alternative. If you've already applied for this programme, we'll contact you about your options.
The Postgraduate Diploma in Computing develops your ability to solve complex applied computing problems and gets you up-to-date with the latest advances in information technology. Choose the courses that are most relevant to your career, including data mining, adaptive business intelligence, multimedia development, website management, IT applications, networks, and security. Learn to manage IT projects and find out how information technology affects society. Further your ability to design, plan and organise technology-based projects that are produced on time, to high standards, and within budget.
- Fits around your career: all courses are electives and you can select the classes that suit you best.
- Taught by experts and experienced IT practitioners.
- Emphasis on the practical application of your knowledge: apply what you’ve learnt in our state-of-the-art computer labs, which you can access seven days a week.
- A mix of on-campus weekend classes and a high proportion of self-directed research. Classes are supplemented by electronic communications.
- Cross-credit this programme towards the Master of Computing.
Areas of Specialisation
Computer networks and cloud computing. Computer networks, real and virtual, are the connectors of the computing world. Organisations need people to help them manage their networks and 25% of computing jobs are in this area. Cloud computing is a relatively new development and is increasingly taking over the market. This pathway also gives you the opportunity to gain industry-recognised Microsoft and Cisco certifications, including those in Cloud Computing.
Software development. Software engineering regularly rates as one of the top jobs in the world. This dynamic and changing pathway gives graduates the knowledge to design and develop software solutions and products.
Business intelligence. The amount of data and speed at which it is collected by organisations has reached unprecedented levels in recent years. But data without analysis is just a storage problem. Business intelligence combines business, databases, data warehousing, data mining and software development to find ways for organisations to use this data for future planning. Business intelligence is pivotal in helping organisations understand their business, compete effectively and excel in their field. Through these courses, you’ll learn how to create and manage data warehouse solutions that fit into the strategies of complex enterprises in the ever-changing market, and how to develop effective data models and reports to help business decision-making.
Cybersecurity. Every person who touches a computer keyboard or a smartphone screen could be a cyber threat. People with cybersecurity skills are needed by both the private and public sectors and there is a huge demand for graduates in this field. The cybersecurity pathway can give you the knowledge to help you protect computers, networks and data from these threats.
For this programme, you will need the following:
1. A recognised Bachelor's degree in the same or similar discipline, with an average grade of B- or higher in all Level 7 courses; OR
2. A professional qualification in a relevant discipline, recognised as being equivalent to the above.
3. 8 credits at NCEA Level 2 in English (4 in reading, 4 in writing).
4. 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:
- Provide sufficient evidence to be eligible for special admission.
For more information download the programme regulations:
Courses and timetables
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