Postgraduate Diploma in Information Technology (PGDIT)

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 »

To enrol online for your preferred trimester, click on the start date below.

Programme Structure/Courses

The programme comprises 5 courses corresponding to one of three specialist topics: Software Development, Information Systems, Networks and Security as well as an Internship or Research or Industry Project pathway.

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

Information Systems

Networks and Security

Alternative Courses Available

Some courses can be replaced with COMP805 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:

COMP802 Research Project Pathway requires students also take COMP801 Research Methods their first semester of study
COMP803 Internship Pathway consisting of 15 hours a week for 26 weeks totalling 390 hours
COMP804 Industrial Project consisting of a two-semester supervised project from local industry

Duration & Start Dates

12 months full-time

Start Dates in 2023
Apply here for Trimester 1: 31 January 2023
Apply here for Trimester 2: 22 May 2023
Apply here for Trimester 3: 11 September 2023

Trimesters and scheduled breaks:
Trimester 1, 2023 - 31 January to 5 May
Trimester 2, 2023 - 22 May to 25 August
Trimester 3, 2023 - 11 September to 15 December

Entry Requirements

IELTS 6.5 with no individual band lower than 6.0 / TOEFL iBT 79 (with a writing score of 21) / Pearson 58 / NZCEL (Academic) L5 
A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Information Technology, Computer Science or related field of study; or
A Graduate Diploma or equivalent in Information Technology, Computer Science or related field of study


International Students

2023 Programme Fees: NZ$23,250
Resource Fees: NZ$2,060
Total: NZ$25,310
Plus a compulsory Student Services Fee of NZ$300 per year (or NZ$30 per month or part thereof).

Note: International students from Pacific Island countries should contact Sonia Giraldo for tuition fee details:

Phone: +64 9 815 1717 ext 638

Domestic Students

2023 Programme Fees: NZ$5,872
Resource Fees: NZ$2,060
Total: NZ$7,932
Plus a compulsory Student Services Fee of NZ$300 per year (or NZ$30 per month or part thereof).

This programme is eligible for a student loan from Studylink. Contact Studylink on 0800 88 99 00 or log on to to apply for student finance.

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