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Postgraduate Diploma in Information Technology (PGDIT)

This course is available


Level of Study

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma


12 months

Next start date

Expected Jan 2023


St Helens Campus


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.

Programme Structure

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 industrial 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
  • 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 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

Entry criteria

  • 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
  • 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

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