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Postgraduate Certificate in Information Systems and Technology

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Level of Study

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma


6 months

Next start date

Expected Feb 2024


University of Canterbury


The Postgraduate Certificate in Information Systems and Technology (PGCertIST) is a short advanced qualification in Information Systems consisting of taught courses. Graduates will be able to synthesise and analyse theory, research and practice in Information Systems and Technology and be able to reflect critically on contemporary issues.

There is a significant shortage in high level ICT skills, so this programme will help UC graduates meet the demand in the marketplace, as more employers seek to engage more IT-savvy employees.

How do I plan my degree?

The PGCertIST requires 60 points of Information Systems (INFO), Business Information Systems (MBIS), and Computer Science (COSC) 400 and 600-level courses. At least 30 points must be INFO courses and no more than 30 points can be MBIS/COSC courses.

With the approval of the Dean of Business, a student may replace up to 30 points of courses from the Regulations for the Postgraduate Certificate in Information Systems and Technology with courses prescribed for another subject at an equivalent level.

Subjects and courses

Courses can be drawn from a range of subjects, including Information Systems, Business Information Systems and Computer Science:

  • 30 points selected from INFO courses
  • 15 points from MBIS 601-699 and COSC 480 Computer Programming.

Further study

The PGCertIST can be a stepping stone to a research degree in Information Systems, eg, an honours or master’s degree, or a Postgraduate Diploma in Information Systems and Technology.

Career Opportunities

Increasingly, postgraduate diplomas are becoming more recognisable in the international market and ICT-specific skills are critical to the growth and development of many business sectors in New Zealand. Graduates will be able to demonstrate the ability to acquire and utilise new knowledge related to information systems and technology, and apply it in an innovative and enterprising way. There is also evidence of a growing demand for biculturally competent and work ready IS graduates, who are able to apply cultural concepts and theories to organisational situations.

Entry criteria

To study the PGCertIST you will need to have completed a bachelor’s degree with a Grade Point Average of B or better in 60 points of 300-level Information Systems or other related courses, or have a related qualification.

Applicants must also satisfy our English language entry requirements:

  • IELTS (Academic): Minimum overall score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in reading, writing, listening and speaking.
  • TOEFL (IBT): Minimum overall score of 90, with a minimum score of 19 in Reading, Listening and Writing.
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English - Academic): Overall score of 58 and no communicative skills score below 50.

Application Deadline: If you need to apply for admission to the University, please submit your application at least 6 months before your intended start date.

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