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Postgraduate Certificate in Information Technology

This course is available

Online, On-Campus

Level of Study

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma


0.5 years

Next start date

Expected Jul 2024


University of Auckland


Designed for students with a non ICT-related bachelors degree, the Postgraduate Certificate in Information Technology will teach you the specialist skills you need to kick-start your ICT career.

Programme overview

If you've ever considered working in the ICT sector, the PGCertInfoTech is the programme for you. This intensive programme offers a supercharged route into the ICT industry and is ideal if you already have an undergraduate degree in a non ICT-related subject.

You'll gain fundamental skills in software development, including up-to-date knowledge of object-oriented programming and design, web technologies and databases, which will complement your existing critical thinking and communication abilities.

The ICT Graduate School is a collaboration between the University of Auckland and the University of Waikato and offers postgraduate study in Information Technology

that aims to develop smart, industry-ready ICT graduates. The PGCertInfoTech will be awarded jointly by the University of Auckland and the University of Waikato.

Study this programme online

The Postgraduate Certificate in Information Technology is also available through Auckland Online. This will allow you to complete the programme through a set of 100% online courses. Learn about the Postgraduate Certificate in Information Technology Online.

Note: Late Year start dates for this course are earlier than usual. For 2023, the Late Year Term starts 6 November. For 2024, the Late Year Term starts 4 November.

Programme structure

The PGCertInfoTech is a 60-point, taught programme in which you'll take practical, hands-on and lab-based courses. The courses have been developed to complement the skills you've gained in your undergraduate degree, and arm you with foundational skills for a career in IT.

The PGCertInfoTech is unique in that it provides an alternative pathway for entry into the Master of Information Technology for students who do not possess IT-related qualifications.

Full-time and part-time study options are available, including a part-time online programme – ideal for students who would like to work while they study.

The PGCertInfoTech consists of two 30-point courses:

COMPSCI 718 Programming for Industry

COMPSCI 719 Programming with Web Technologies

You'll also need to meet other requirements, including time limits and total points limits. See Postgraduate enrolment.

Where could this programme take you?

PGCertInfoTech graduates are employed in roles as diverse as database developers and data security specialists. You can look forward to joining them as you ignite your career in the ICT industry.

Jobs related to this programme

Communications specialist

Cybersecurity support

Business analyst

Database support

Internet/multimedia developer

Network support

Systems administrator

Technical consultant

Further study options

Master of Information Technology

Doctor of Philosophy

Entry criteria

You must have completed an undergraduate degree, in any discipline, at a recognised university (or similar institution) with a GPE of 4.0.

IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.5 with no bands less than 6.0; Internet-based TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 90 and written score of 21; Paper-based TOEFL: Overall score of 68 and a writing score of 21; Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) or Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE): Overall score of 176 and no bands below 169; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: Overall score of 58 and no PTE Communicative score below 50; Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (FCertEAP): Grade of B-; Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): 85.

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