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Graduate Diploma in ICT (Software Development)

This course is available


Level of Study

Graduate Certificate or Diploma


1 year

Next start date

Expected Jul 2023


Palmerston North Campus (Main Campus)


UCOL’s Graduate Diploma in Information & Communications Technology (Software Development) provides the opportunity for students with an IT related Bachelor’s degree or IT work experience to specialize as a software engineer.

The Graduate Diploma in Information & Communications Technology (Software Development) will enable you to enhance your knowledge base and gain industry-needed skills through advanced study of the following areas:

  • Software Engineering
  • Java Mobile
  • Web Programming
  • Advanced Database Concepts
  • Project Management
  • Professional Practice

Career & Study Outcomes

  • Software architecture
  • Software testing
  • Software contracting
  • Software engineering
  • Database architecture
  • Database administration
  • Software development
  • Mobile development

Course Information

UCOL's Graduate Diploma in ITC (Software Development) covers:

Core Courses

  • Graduate Professional Practice (15 credits, 16 weeks duration)
  • Special Topic (15 credits, 16 weeks duration)
  • Software Engineering (15 credits, 16 weeks duration)
  • Java Mobile and Web (15 credits, 16 weeks duration)
  • Advanced Database Concepts (15 credits, 16 weeks duration)
  • IT Project Management (15 credits, 16 weeks duration)

Optional courses (choose one of the following):

  • eCommerce Systems (15 credits, 16 weeks duration)
  • Organisational Systems (15 credits, 16 weeks duration)

Advanced System Analysis

  • Software Process (15 credits, 16 weeks duration)
  • Dynamic Web Solutions (15 credits, 16 weeks duration)
  • Analysis and Design (15 credits, 16 weeks duration)

Entry criteria

A Bachelor degree, or higher qualification in an ICT related discipline from an accredited international provider. You will be required to present either an original or certified copy of their academic transcript issued by the awarding institute.

English language Requirement: IELTS - Academic: Score of 6 with no band lower than 5.5; TOEFL (iBT) - Score of 60 (with a writing score of 18); Cambridge English Qualifications - B2, C1, or C2 with score of 169; no less than 162 in each skill; OET - Minimum Grade C or 200 in all subtests; NZCEL - Level 4 (Academic); and Pearson Test of English (Academic) - Score of 50 with no band less than 42.

Applicants under 20 years of age:

For international applicants under 20 years of age who do not hold NCEA, International Academic Qualifications Entry Criteria apply (Entry requirements vary from country to country).

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