7.500 Postgraduate Diploma in Information Technology

The Postgraduate Diploma in Information Technology (PGDIT) is a level 8 programme that has been designed to fill the global skills shortage that has been recognised in the IT sector.

As a result, graduates will be highly employable, and with the PGDIT being only one year in duration we expect this will be a popular choice for those wanting to upgrade their skills and open doors to employment.

The programme's flexible pathways also cater for those students wanting to pursue a career in research.

Students will have the opportunity to enter the IT industry at a higher-than entry-level position. And the advanced technical skills provided by the PGDIT specialist topics ensure graduates are prepared for success in any of these career paths.

Software Development specialist topic enables students to analyse requirements and design, implement, test and deploy a software application.

Information Systems specialist topic covers the acquisition, storage, transformation and analysis of data and information within a business setting.

Networks and Security specialist topic deals with the technical issues involved in designing, implementing, administering and securing computer networks.

PGDIT NZQA Qualification Overview »

Programme Information

The programme comprises 5 courses corresponding to one of three specialist topics: Software Development, Information Systems, Networks and Security as well as an Internship element or research or industrial project.

Please note: The PGDIT is prescriptive and the order courses are taken vary by intake.

Software Development

7.303 Web Applications Development
7.308 Mobile Applications Development
7.406 Continuous Integration and Continuous Deployment
7.407 Cloud Application Development
7.408 Software User Experience

Information Systems

7.312 Management Information Systems
7.314 E-Business Strategies
7.412 Data Mining
7.413 Artificial Intelligence
7.414 Enterprise Cloud-based Systems

Networks and Security

7.309 Network System Security
7.310 Advanced Computer Networking
7.409 Topics in Cloud Computing
7.410 Computer and Communication Network Security
7.411 Penetration Testing

Alternative Courses Available

Some courses can be replaced with 7.405 Specialisation Project or 7.322 Information Technology Industry Practice with approval from the Academic Head of Programme.

Internship, Research and Industry Project Pathways

Each of the above specialist topics can be completed via any one of three pathways:


12 months full-time

Start Dates in 2018

21 May, 10 September

Start Dates in 2019

29 January, 20 May, 9 September

Semesters and scheduled breaks:

Semester 1, 2018 - 30 January  to 4 May
Between Semester Break - 5 May to 20 May

Semester 2, 2018
 - 21 May to 24 August 
Between Semester Break - 25 August to 9 September 

Semester 3, 2018 - 10 September  to 14 December
Between Semester Break - 15 December 2018 to 28 January 2019

Entry Requirements


International Students

2018 Programme Fees:    NZ$20,000
Resource Fees:    NZ$1,800
Total:    NZ$21,800

Plus a compulsory Student Services Fee of NZ$270 per year (or NZ$27 per month or part thereof).

Domestic Students

2018 Programme Fees:    NZ$5,600
Resource Fees:    NZ$1,800
Total:    NZ$7,400

Plus a compulsory Student Services Fee of NZ$270 per year (or NZ$27 per month or part thereof).


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