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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.


To help you on your IT career we have a number of scholarships available - including 20 IBM KickStarter Scholarships for first year Bachelor of Computer Systems 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)3Full-time for 16 weeks or part-time options availableEntry into further study at certificate or diploma level.February or July
Certificate in Information Technology4Full-time for one semester or part-time options availableData entry operatorThis programme is no longer offered for new enrolments
Certificate of University Preparation (Level 4)4Full-time for 16 weeks or part-time options availableEntry into degree-level study at universities, institutes of technology and polytechnics in New Zealand.February or July
New Zealand Certificate in Information Technology (Essentials)4Full-time for 16 weeksFurther study in computing systems, Support role in business or retailFebruary or July
Diploma in Applied Computer Systems Engineering6Full-time for one yearProgramme no longer offered
Diploma in Information Technology Support6Full-time for two years or part-time options availableDesktop support technician, Help desk technician, Network technicianNo longer offered for new enrolments
Bachelor of Computing Systems7Full-time for three years or part-time options availableApplications 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 designerFebruary or July
Graduate Diploma in Computing7Full-time for one year or part-time options availableApplications 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 designerFebruary or July
Postgraduate Diploma in Computing8Full-time for one year or part-time for two to three yearsInformation systems manager, IT adviser, Multimedia development manager, Researcher, Network manager, Software engineer, Systems analyst, Website managerFebruary or July
Master of Computing9Full-time for two years or part-time for three to five yearsInformation systems manager, IT adviser, Multimedia development manager, Network manager, Researcher, Website managerFebruary or July
Doctor of Computing10Full-time for three years or part-time for four to six yearsPractising professional working to advance the computing knowledge baseFebruary

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.