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International Diploma (Computer Science) IntDip(CompSc)

This course is available


Level of Study



1 year

Next start date

Expected Mar 2025


Hamilton Campus


The International Diploma offers a direct-entry pathway to the second year of the Bachelor of Business or Bachelor of Computer Science (or Bachelor of Science in Computer Science or Data Analytics), depending on stream, at the University of Waikato.

Why study Computer Science?

Computer Science is rapidly changing the world we live in. Ongoing progress in computer technology means that there is a steady need for more qualified computer professionals. The University of Waikato is recognised among the world’s best in computer science, and offers the largest range of advanced computer science courses in New Zealand. A major in Computer Science is flexible, allowing you to focus on a particular area, or to complete a more generalist major. The papers available are carefully designed to ensure you have a good mastery of a particular area of Computer Science and will equip you with the skills you need to succeed in your chosen career. Waikato is well-recognised internationally for our computer science research, and have especially enjoyed success with open source software development. Students have the opportunity to work alongside internationally-respected academics on a wide range of exciting and innovative research projects in areas such as: Broadband communication

Data compression

Digital libraries

Formal methods

Human-computer interaction

Machine learning

Software engineering

Cyber security. Computing facilities at Waikato

The computing facilities at the University of Waikato are among the best in New Zealand with a cluster of computers for massively parallel processing. You will also have 24 hour access to computer labs equipped with all the latest computer software, and several labs fully equipped with Mac computers, commonly used in professional design environments.

Career Opportunities

Web Architect

Business analyst

Software Developer

Network Architect

Computer Animator

Mobile App Master

Data Miner

Usability Architect

Entry criteria

Students must have completed the 32 credits across three University Entrance approved subjects (or equivalent).

English Language Entry Requirements

  • an Academic IELTS overall score of 5.5 (with no less than 5.0 in any band) or equivalent.
  • a TOEFL iBT (Internet Based TOEFL) minimum score of 46 with a Writing score of 14, or
  • a B grade or better with a B in Writing at Level 6 in the Certificate of Attainment in Academic English, or
  • a PTE Academic overall score of 36 and no band score less than 29, or
  • a Language-Cert International ESOL (LRWS) B1 Achiever with a high pass and no less than pass in each skill, or
  • a Language-Cert International ESOL (LRWS) B2 Communicator with a pass and no less than pass in each skill, or
  • awarded a New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Applied) (Level 3), or
  • a Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English (ISE) II with no less than a merit in any band, or
  • a B1 and B2 (formally known as Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)) with an overall score of 162 and no bands below 154, or
  • a Michigan English Test (formally known as Michigan English Language Assessment Battery) (MELAB)) minimum score of 50.

All other evidence is considered on a case by case basis.

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