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. Enrolment in courses is subject to academic approval.

Software Development

SOFT703 Web Applications Development
SOFT708 Mobile Applications Development
SOFT806 Continuous Integration and Continuous Deployment
SOFT807 Cloud Application Development
SOFT808 Software User Experience

Information Systems

INFO712 Management Information Systems 
INFO714 E-Business Strategies
INFO812 Data Mining
INFO813 Artificial Intelligence
INFO814 Enterprise Cloud-based Systems

Networks and Security

CONE709 Network System Security 
CONE710 Advanced Computer Networking
CONE809 Topics in Cloud Computing
CONE810 Computer and Communication Network Security
CONE811 Penetration Testing

Alternative Courses Available

Some courses can be replaced with COMP805 5 Specialisation Project or COMP722 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 2019

► 9 September

Semesters and scheduled breaks:

Semester 1, 2019 - 29 January to 3 May
Between Semester Break - 4 May to 19 May

Semester 2, 2019 - 20 May to 23 August 
Between Semester Break - 24 August to 8 September 

Semester 3, 2019 - 9 September  to 13 December

Entry Requirements


International Students

2019 Programme Fees:    NZ$21,000
Resource Fees:    NZ$1,900
Total:    NZ$22,900

Plus a compulsory Student Services Fee of NZ$300 per year (or NZ$30 per month or part thereof).

Domestic Students

2019 Programme Fees:    NZ$5,600
Resource Fees:    NZ$1,900
Total:    NZ$7,500

Plus a compulsory Student Services Fee of NZ$300 per year (or NZ$30 per month or part thereof).


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