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Graduate Diploma in Computing

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Level of Study

Graduate Certificate or Diploma


1 year

Next start date

Expected Jul 2024


Unitec Institute of Technology


Take your computing career to the next level at a time and pace that suits you. Select the topics that interest you from software and game design/development, business intelligence and analysis, to cybersecurity and networks.

If you're already working with computers but don’t have a formal qualification, or you have a degree in a different discipline and want to move into the IT sector, our specially tailored Graduate Diploma in Computing can help you accomplish your goals by equipping you with substantial problem-solving skills in an IT area of your interest.


  • This programme can serve as a bridge into the Unitec postgraduate computing programmes.
  • Flexibility in content: you choose what courses interest you the most including programming, software, hardware, databases, networking, information systems and the Internet. You can also develop testing and quality assurance skills, along with the project planning skills to lead a small in-house IT project.
  • Practise your skills on leading computer technology.
  • Highly qualified professionals as your lecturers.
  • Small classes that ensure plenty of one-on-one time.
  • Individualised support: new students are enrolled by the Programme Leader for an approved programme of study developed to suit each individual.

Specialist pathways

The Graduate Diploma in Computing is highly flexible. Depending on the career pathway you’re interested in, you can choose to specialise in different areas.

Cyber Security and Networking
This pathway prepares graduates from technical backgrounds to work in the cybersecurity field – a particularly challenging and interesting area of study and work. Many of the courses are hands-on and include malware analysis and other hot topics.

Business Analysis
This pathway helps graduates from all IT backgrounds to prepare for management roles. It also enables arts and business graduates to learn additional IT skills, making you more attractive to future employers and/or enabling you to run your own business.

Software Development
This pathway prepares graduates from a variety of disciplines (usually technical) to work in the fast-moving software development space. If you don’t have a technical background you may need to complete more study to prepare for this pathway

Business Intelligence
This pathway prepares graduates from all IT backgrounds for the business intelligence field. It will enhance your ability to use information systems to improve business decision-making, a highly valuable and sought after skill.


  • Applications programmer
  • Business analyst
  • Project manager
  • Software developer
  • Internet and Web developer
  • Data analyst
  • Database analyst and developer
  • Cyber-security analyst
  • Network support technician
  • Network engineer
  • Network administrator
  • Systems analyst
  • Game programmer
  • Software tester
  • Software designer

Entry criteria

Academic requirements

  • A recognised degree, a professional qualification in a relevant discipline or the ability to demonstrate competencies equivalent to the above

English Language Requirements: IELTS test: Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5. TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT): Score of 60 (with a writing score of 18); PTE (Academic) score of 50 with no band score lower than 42; Cambridge English Qualifications: B2 First, or B2 First for schools, or C1 Advanced, or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill. OET: Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests. NZCEL - Level 4 (Academic). Language Cert - C1 Expert International ESOL Written (LRW) PASS with no less than 25/50 in each skill and Spoken (S) PASS.

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